This Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in June of 1989 at the Macallan Distillery and then aged for 30 years in an ex-Bourbon cask. In 2019 the whisky was filled into a Japanese Oak Cask made of Mizunara grown for over 200 years in the pristine forests of Hokkaido. Here, due to the long and cold winters, the trees grow slower, resulting in a tighter grain ide al for whisky maturation. Mizunara’s porosity and hardness, however, make finishing as rare a whisky as this 1989 Macallan a bold endeavor. The resulting spirit is, the first of its kind and a unique piece of whisky history.
After aging for over 30 years, the spirit was reracked to spend the remainder of its maturation in carefully selected Mizunara wood that had aged over 200 years. An endeavor that to this day has never been undertaken, simply due to the risks and uncertainties around flavour and leakage. Supported by a team of experts from Scotland who carefully monitored the whisky along every step of its maturation, we waited for the perfect moment in time where the marriage between this legendary spirit and the mysterious Mizunara Oak yielded an outcome with the perfect balance of Scottish Highland Single Malt Whisky character and Japanese Oak influence.