The Macallan Scotch single malt whisky brand recently debuted the latest expressions from the outside the box The Harmony Collection. For this second edition these whiskies celebrate the world of coffee and have been inspired by the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean.
The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica, according to those behind it, were created by The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner to “pair perfectly with coffee.” In his journey creating these he worked with various coffee industry specialists for a deep dive into that world.
Drawing what’s described as “inspiration from the Arabica coffee bean from Ethiopia, renowned as the birthplace of coffee, Steven selected a harmonious 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%, and both can be paired with coffee to provide a new way to savor The Macallan.”
“To create the coffee-inspired second edition of The Harmony Collection,” said Bremner in a prepared statement, “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 an exciting new sensorial experience of The Macallan.”
In homage to their coffee inspiration, the new expressions are presented in a presentation box, which incorporates repurposed coffee bean husks, a by-product in the coffee-making process.
The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica is available now at The Macallan Estate Bar, The Macallan Online Boutique and in premium retailers, bars and restaurants around the world. The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica is available in The Macallan Airport Boutiques, key airports around the world and China Hainan Island duty free shops.
Official tasting notes for each are below.
The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica
- ABV: 44%
- Color: Crema
- Aroma: Tiramisu, cappuccino, gingerbread, raisins, almonds, sweet oak and vanilla
- Palate: Espresso, dark chocolate, raisin, tiramisu, blackberry, vanilla, Brazil nut and sweet oak
- Finish: Long, dark roast coffee, balanced and sweet
The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica
- ABV: 40%
- Color: Toffee
- Aroma: Ground coffee, hazelnuts, sweet raisin, dark cherry, toffee, vanilla and sweet oak
- Palate: Americano, raisins, cherries, soft spices, walnut, vanilla and oak
- Finish: Lingering coffee bean turning sweet and creamy