Macallan 1841 – Collectible Whisky
The Macallan 1841 has been created as a replica of an original Macallan, distilled in 1841 during the tenure of Alexander Reid, founder of the distillery, and bottled for James Priest and James Davidson, joint proprietors of The Macallan from 1847 to 1851.
The bottle, complete with the flaws common to glassware of its time, the labels, and the nose and flavour of the whisky (especially citrus and summer fruits and peat smoke), mirror the original as closely as possible.
The original 1841 is the earliest known bottle of The Macallan in existence and one of the oldest surviving of any whisky bottle. It was probably originally a wine bottle, dating from the late 18th or early 19th century and procured locally for Priest and Davidson’s own requirements.
Although filling whisky into glass bottles began after the abolition of the glass tax in 1845, it was still relatively uncommon in the 1850s, whisky usually being sold in glass flagons or “jars” holding between 2 and 8 gallons.
The third replica Macallan was released in 2003 following the 1861 and 1874 replicas. The packaging is in good condition. It comes with its original box, the original cork stopper (intended to be used once the bottle is opened) and a deck of information cards about the product and its history.
Nose: Incongruously, very fresh. Fudge with vanilla essence and pistachio nuts.
Palate: Silky. Fresh, appetising. Sweet but not cloying. Light, fresh, delicate, notes of orange-blossom honey.
Finish: Very gentle acidity gives balancing the dryness.
This modern bottling was given 95 points by the late whisky writer Michael Jackson.