The Macallan revealed the new limited collectible whiskies that form the second edition of The Harmony Collection: The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica. Inspired by the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean, these single malt whiskies celebrate the world of coffee. Their hybrid packaging was created using repurposed and recycled materials including coffee bean husks.
The intensely flavored whiskies pair perfectly with coffee and were created The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner. He hosted a masterclass with world-renowned coffee experts at The Macallan Estate to explore the unique process of preparing coffee beans. Among the coffee masters who shared their expertise 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 created a range of coffee art, while leading coffee historian Professor Jonathan Morris, provided an insight into the roots of coffee.
Drawing inspiration from the Arabica coffee bean from Ethiopia, Steven selected a combination of American and European oak casks to receive the distinctive notes offered by the single malts. Inspired by Intense Arabica is reminiscent of a strong espresso coffee and has a higher ABV of 44%, while Smooth Arabica reminds a gently spiced and soft americano which come through at an ABV of 40%. Both whiskies can be paired with coffee.
The new expressions are offered in a presentation box created using 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 make innovative packaging. The rich red pantone color on the Inspired by Intense Arabica pack reflects the coffee fruit, while the green on the Smooth Arabica pack represents the unroasted coffee bean.
The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica is available at The Macallan Estate Bar, The Macallan Online Boutique and in premium retailers, bars and restaurants around the world this month already, with availability in the US from November 2022. The Macallan Harmony Collection 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.
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