The Rarest Collection

Macallan 52 Years Old

The Rarest Macallan

a single cask from the Duncan Taylor cask archives

Macallan 50


The Rarest Cask was filled for the custodians of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky on 10th September 1969 and used all their expertise to care for this beautiful whisky for 52 years, before deciding it was finally ready for bottling.
Cask 8376 was in an ex-bourbon cask from 10th Sept 1969 through to 22nd December 2016 (47 years) when the whisky was then transferred into a first fill ex-Oloroso sherry cask until bottling at Duncan Taylor HQ on 27th July 2022.


41.46% ABV./700 ML

Taking inspiration from the historical battlefields around the company’s Huntly headquarters, the unique, handmade crystal decanter is designed around the shape of a ‘Dirk’, a Scottish dagger of olden times and housed in a bespoke oak cabinet, handcrafted in Scotland by skilled cabinet makers to reflect the old-style weapons cabinets of times gone by.

tasting notes

COLOUR: Polished bronze.

NOSE: Rich, dark chocolate with notes of overripe orange peel shining through. Hints of cinnamon and dusty spices, a touch of aniseed. Sweet wood and creamy vanilla.

PALATE: Rich, toffee and demerara sugar abound. Caramel wafers, fruitiness is more subdued more reminiscent of under ripe fruits. Perfectly balanced, a little spice on the front of the tongue.

FINISH: The maturation in American Oak shows a smoother, softer side to this whisky. A creamy sweeter more tropical flavoured whisky than the traditional aged sherry casks used by the distillery.

Talking about this whisky,
Euan Shand said…

‘‘I feel it is a privilege to be the custodian of these stunning rare Macallan casks. Originally filled back in 1969 it’s the start of an exciting chapter at Duncan Taylor as we plan to release more Macallan over time, as well as a selection of other rare malts from the 1960s.’’

Euan Shand.
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whiskies.

The story of

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky

Established in 1938, Duncan Taylor's devotion to the principals of providing exceptional casks for filling at the finest distilleries has been a key feature of its history and the outstanding portfolio of collecting only the finest of Scotch whiskies available. The multi award winning company has one of the largest privately held collections of some of the world's most sought after vintage and rare whiskies known, and it continues to act as a reputable whisky merchant, blender, bottler and cask broker. Today, the company sits on the periphery of Speyside, in the heart of scenic Huntly, Scotland, where it has its own facilities of a cooperage, cask storage, blending and bottling.

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