The Macallan Releases Fine & Rare 1990

The Macallan has introduced a new single malt whisky into its Fine & Rare Collection, with the launch of The 1990 Edition.

Matured in a single sherry-seasoned American oak butt cask for 30 years, The Macallan Fine & Rare 1990 marks the latest addition into this assembly of vintage-dated, single malt whiskies.

Filled on June 7, 1990, and bottled in 2021, this single cask whisky comes at cask strength.

Launched in 2002, The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection comprises 58 individual releases spanning eight decades, from the 1926 to 1990.

Last year, The Macallan worked with fashion photographer Tim Walker to create a set of photographs to depict the spirit of the 20th century. A bottle from each of the eight decades was photographed with complementary objects that reflect the era, culminating in a picture of the full collection on the banks of the River Spey.

For the launch of the 1990 Edition, The Macallan again worked with Walker.

For the launch of the 1990 Edition, The Macallan again worked with fashion photographer Tim Walker.

The rosewood color of The Macallan Fine & Rare 1990 is a result of time spent in the first fill sherry-seasoned American oak butt cask. It imparts aromas of sweet honey and vanilla followed by peach and raspberry tart, antique oak, orange oil and caramelized apple, the company reports. Orange and almond cake, vanilla and raisin, leather and forest fruits, nutmeg and liquorice and iced cinnamon buns develop on the palate. The finish includes a fresh and sweet twist and gentle spice. 

With only 467 bottles available, Fine & Rare 1990 features the cask number, year of distillation and year of bottling printed on the label. The age, strength and volume are all handwritten, keeping with the tradition that started when the collection began.

Each bottle comes encased in an FSC-certified European oak presentation box. This also contains information on how to record a Vintage Macallan Fine & Rare bottle in The Macallan Vintage Bottle Register in Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home of the brand, located on The Macallan Estate.

As part of The Macallan’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and packaging, production of the wooden Fine & Rare box has been repatriated to the UK, which reduces transit carbon emissions. The Fine & Rare 1990 box was produced in England by Moran’s Wood Components, a family-run manufacturing business dedicated to social and environmental responsibility.

The Macallan 1990 Edition launches globally on Nov. 8 for a suggested retail price of $17,921 at The Macallan Estate Boutique, The Macallan global travel retail boutiques and select bars, restaurants and retailers.

This follows the recent release of The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old.

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