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The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland | The Macallan

The Macallan has unveiled A Night On Earth In Scotland single malt whisky, which  reveals  the story of Scotland’s world-famous Hogmanay festivities and captures the universal joy of  celebrating the change of year.  

The  first  in  a  new  limited  edition  gifting  series,  A  Night  On  Earth  In  Scotland  is  a  collaboration  with  acclaimed  Japanese-French  illustrator  Erica  Dorn,  whose  artwork  has  featured in leading director Wes Anderson’s  films. She has also previously created designs  for some of the world’s leading luxury brands. 

Presented  as  part  of  innovative  multi-layered  packaging  that  provides  an  exceptional unboxing experience, Erica Dorn’s playful abstract illustrations are inspired  by  the  historic  fire rituals dominant in New Year celebrations around the world.  

They  also  reveal  some  of  the  distinctive  customs  of  Scotland’s  Hogmanay,  including  the  tradition of first footing when it is good luck for a dark-haired visitor to be the first person to  enter your  home  after  midnight,  bearing  symbolic  gifts – whisky,  coal  and  Scottish  shortbread - that aim to bring comfort and happiness in the year ahead. 

Other design elements focus on the flavours found within the remarkable whisky crafted by  The Macallan  Lead Whisky Maker,  Sarah  Burgess,  who  drew  on  fond  family  memories  of  Hogmanay to create a rich, evocative single malt. 

Sarah Burgess said: “Crafting A Night On Earth In Scotland has been an extremely personal  experience for me, which took me back to growing up in our family home in Speyside, just  across the river from The Macallan Estate. 

“The whisky’s vanilla sweetness  references  the  rich Scottish shortbread  traditionally gifted  and  eaten  at  Hogmanay,  while  notes  of  dried  orange  and  spice  recall  the  flavours  and  aromas that filled our house through the festive season. 

“Encapsulating the hopes and dreams of Hogmanay celebrations past, present and future, it  also conveys the unwavering human desire to spend special times with loved ones.” 

Erica  Dorn said:  “Fire  plays  a  significant  role  in  New  Year  celebrations  around  the  world.  Around its warmth we gather our families, friends, and loved ones to share past memories  and future hopes. Through its purifying qualities we release the past to clear the way for the  future. In its dancing light we find solace from cold winter nights, as we have done since the  dawn of time. Though the fire rituals may differ from culture to culture, fire is universal in its  ability to unite us and bring us ‘home’. 

“The colours for this presentation box were selected with a particular journey in mind: first,  red  for merriment, vitality, good  fortune and joy; blue to remind us of a winter evening in  Scotland, in all its peace and stillness; and finally, amber – in tribute to the sweet aroma of  soft butter and freshly baked shortbread, which were an inspiration for Sarah Burgess in the  creation of this whisky.” 

This  very special  single  malt  was  created  from  a  selection  of  The  Macallan’s  exceptional  sherry seasoned American and European oak casks, along with American ex-bourbon barrels  to  deliver  its rich,  sweet  shortbread-like  character. With  a soft,  velvety  mouth-feel,  it showcases the skill of the whisky maker, and The Macallan’s commitment to craftsmanship and uncompromised excellence.  

A Night On Earth In Scotland has an RRP of $165.00 

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Whisky Maker’s Notes: 

ABV: 40% 

o Aroma: Vanilla, butter rich, baked apple, baking biscuits, plum and almond o Taste:  Soft  velvety  sweetness  reminiscent  of  shortbread  with  that  rich  mouth  coating, vanilla  sweetness, with lightly  toasted marshmallow,  dried  oranges,  fig  and cinnamon 

o Finish: Medium finish with sweet butterscotch and freshly baked biscuits 

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