BottlesThe Macallan’s Created Two Whiskies To Pair With Coffee, And We’re For It 

The Macallan’s Created Two Whiskies To Pair With Coffee, And We’re For It 


There’s hair of the dog, then there’s sipping Macallan as morning light pours across oak, a crispness to the air, thoughtful, contemplative, elegant. More often, whisky and coffee are thought of as an evening duo, but we see it as more of an all-day opportunity. Either way, Macallan is exploring the connection of these two great liquids with the second edition of its Harmony Collection, featuring The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica.

The Macallan Harmony Collection is driven by the brand’s inherent curiosity and its innovative and creative mindset. It explores the brand’s future packaging journey, with each release featuring distinctive packaging that incorporates organic by-products, giving them new life.

The Second Edition single malt whiskies – The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica for domestic markets and Smooth Arabica for global travel retail – celebrate the world of coffee and have been inspired by the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean. Their hybrid packaging was created using repurposed and recycled materials, including discarded coffee bean husks.

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica

The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner created the intensely flavored whiskies to pair with coffee. He immersed himself in the art of coffee by hosting a masterclass with world renowned coffee experts at The Macallan Estate and explored the journey from field to cup, uncovering the unique process and distinct flavor profiles at each stage.

Among the coffee masters who shared their knowledge with Steven were Ethiopian coffee grower Kenean Asefa Dukamo, whose family works with the Arabica variety showcased by the whiskies; Scottish coffee roaster Lisa Lawson, a pioneer of speciality coffee in Scotland acclaimed for her roasting techniques; and award-winning American barista Andrea Allen, renowned for creating incredible coffee experiences. UK-based coffee artist Dhan Tamang crafted a range of coffee art, sharing his knowledge on the art of the perfect coffee serve and sensory perceptions, while leading coffee historian Professor Jonathan Morris provided an insight into the roots of coffee and how it has become the global phenomenon it is today.

Drawing inspiration from the Arabica coffee bean from Ethiopia, renowned as the birthplace of coffee, Steven selected a combination of American and European oak casks to achieve the distinctive notes offered by the single malts. Inspired by Intense Arabica is reminiscent of a sweet yet strong espresso coffee and has a higher ABV of 44%, while Smooth Arabica conveys the flavors of a gently spiced and soft americano which come through at an ABV of 40%. Both can be paired with coffee to provide a new way to savor The Macallan.

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica

“Exploring the world of coffee with our masters in the industry, who shared their knowledge, creativity, and love for their art, was both an education and an inspiration,” said Bremner. “There are many parallels between the approach to creating incomparable whisky and coffee. Each requires unique skills and craftsmanship to achieve depth and complexity of taste and both worlds aim to deliver an extraordinary consumption experience.

“To create the coffee-inspired second edition of The Harmony Collection, I sought out intense notes in The Macallan’s traditional sherry seasoned European oak casks that would offer the rich and satisfying elements of coffee, with the influence of sherry seasoned American oak casks adding sweeter and softer vanilla notes for a balanced and rounded experience.

“Each expression has been paired with two different variations of Ethiopian coffee, which accentuate the unique tasting notes within the whisky when enjoyed side by side, creating a new sensorial experience of The Macallan.”

On the nose, The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica offers aromas of tiramisu, cappuccino, gingerbread, raisins, almonds, sweet oak. and vanilla. The palate finds espresso, dark chocolate, raisin, tiramisu, blackberry, vanilla, Brazil nut, and sweet oak. The finish is long, balanced, and sweet, delivering notes of dark roast coffee.  

The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica features aromas of ground coffee, hazelnuts, sweet raisin, dark cherry, toffee, vanilla, and sweet oak. The palate delivers flavors of americano, raisins, cherries, soft spices, walnut, vanilla, and oak. The finish finds lingering coffee bean turning sweet and creamy.

The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica

The expressions are presented in a presentation box, which incorporates repurposed coffee bean husks, a by-product in the coffee-making process. Paper expert Michele Posocco from Italian paper mill Favini worked with The Macallan to create the innovative packaging. The rich red pantone color on the Inspired by Intense Arabica pack reflects the coffee fruit, while the vibrant green on the Smooth Arabica pack represents the unroasted coffee bean.

The Harmony Collection commenced with the release of Rich Cacao last year, followed by Fine Cacao earlier this year, which both incorporated discarded husks from cacao pods in their packaging and offered chocolate flavour profiles.

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica are priced at $185 / £140 / €165. Inspired by Intense Arabica will be available at The Macallan Estate Bar, The Macallan Online Boutique and in premium retailers, bars, and restaurants around the world from October 2022. Smooth Arabica will be available in The Macallan Airport Boutiques, key airports around the world, and China Hainan Island duty free shops from November 2022.  For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.

Last month, The Macallan unveiled the James Bond 60th Anniversary Collection to celebrate six decades of James Bond films.

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