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The Macallan Harmony Collection adds coffee-inspired expressions

The Edrington Group single malt whisky The Macallan has introduced two coffee-inspired releases into its Harmony Collection.

The new “intensely-flavoured” single malt whiskies, which have been created to pair with coffee, take their core inspiration from the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean.

The expressions are named “Inspired by Intense Arabica” which is for the domestic markets and weighs in at 44% ABV and “Inspired by Smooth Arabica” which is primarily for global travel retail (GTR) and is set at 40% ABV.

The Macallan whisky maker Steven Bremner said: “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.

Among the coffee masters who shared their knowledge with Bremner were Ethiopian coffee grower Kenean Asefa Dukamo; Scottish coffee roaster Lisa Lawson; and American barista Andrea Allen. UK-based coffee artist Dhan Tamang also created a range of coffee art and coffee historian professor Jonathan Morris provided an insight into the roots of coffee.

Speaking about the whiskies, Bremner explained: “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.”

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica will retail at US$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. 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. Both whiskies’ hybrid packaging was created using repurposed and recycled materials including discarded coffee bean husks.

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