Toast the Macallan @ Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

A couple of weeks ago, the MHBs was invited to Toast the Macallan a prestigious pop-up styled whiskey tasting event held at Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, where we got to savour Macallan’s latest range of highland single malt scotch whiskies, as well as learned about the harmony behind cask and color; oak and flavor.

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It was indeed a rare occasion for me to attend an event like this, and I was glad it was Macallan, which is one of my favourite Whiskies. Arriving at the event, I spotted Spicy Sharon who was also early. We paired up to roamed around a little, and checked out the scent bar.

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After exploring the different types of scents derived from the drink, my personal preference pointed to the Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old to be suitable to my personal taste.

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Not long after we were ushered in the ballroom for the main event. Hosted by The Macallan Brand Trainer, Keith Nair and Brand Advocate, Randall Tan, they were an entertaining pair. We were not only introduced to the history behind the Macallan brand, and also how each whisky is made. Fascinating stuff.

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Keith adds stating that The Macallan constantly reinvents themselves to not only uniquely conduct their tasting sessions in an interesting manner but also better educate consumers to understand their whiskies better and be able to differentiate one great whisky from another.

Founded in 1824 and immersed in its rich history, The Macallan has seen an increased interest in single malt scotch whisky across Asia and Malaysia is becoming one of the key countries to see a significant preference for single malts, which is an appreciated lifestyle of the affluent. With this in mind, Toast The Macallan is aimed at individuals who are brassy and keen to learn more about the esteemed single malt whisky.

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The Macallan has also unveiled its newest series dubbed the Trilogy, which consists of, The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old, The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old and its latest expression The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old. We got to try all of these along with an exclusive addition for this tasting session.

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“The Macallan has always been one of the leading brands in the single malt category and we are very excited to introduce our newest range, The Macallan Trilogy. This platform would allow consumers to experience what The Macallan really stands for and why our whiskies are exceptional in its class” explains Chief Representative of Edrington Malaysia, Mr Edwin Yeo.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is a single malt that tells a journey; a story that brings together two different worlds. Bringing new oak from America across the seas to Spain, the casks are crafted and seasoned with sherry before making its way back to their distillery in Scotland and left to mature for at least 12 years before harmoniously blending them with the very best sherry-seasoned European Oak Casks.

Commenting on the Double Cask, Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker; said, “This is a single malt which celebrates the coming together of two styles to create a fully rounded and distinctive flavour.” It is often said that when two worlds come together, they create something magical and this is what the Double Cask represents.

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After the tasting session, we were then led to another room equipped with multiple bars for various cocktails or neat whisky shots (no question which one I went for of course, I always believe that you shouldn’t add anything more than a little ice to whisky to fully appreciate the flavours).

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Thank you Macallan for the wonderful evening!


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