The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao

Mar 18, 2022
Bartenders Corner I

The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao: bringing the worlds of chocolate and whisky to life

As customers hunger for new, rich and luxurious whisky experiences, The Macallan unveils The Macallan Harmony Collection, named for the brand’s desire to live in harmony with the natural world.  

This innovative, limited annual release series of single malt whiskies shines a spotlight on The Macallan’s sustainability journey and intrinsic connection to nature. The first release, “Rich Cacao“, celebrates chocolate and sustainability – with genuinely exceptional results.

A new sensation from a top-selling brand

Renowned as the ‘The ultimate luxury in Single Malts’, The Macallan is the no.1 single malt whisky (over $100) in Australia1 and the world’s leading single malt Scotch whisky by value2.

“The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is a wonderful expression, which brings together the world of whisky with the fascinating world of chocolate,” says Polly Logan, Whisky Maker for The Macallan.

Polly Logan embarked on a journey of discovery to create the first edition in this new limited annual release series. Travelling to Girona in Spain, she immersed herself in the world of chocolate, exploring the chocolate-making process and uncovering the distinctive flavour profiles.

Whisky and chocolate – a match made in heaven

Polly collaborated with world-renowned pastry chef Jordi Roca of the world-famous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. As part of her exploration, she visited Jordi’s famed chocolate factory, Casa Cacao in Girona. She also spent time with master chocolatier Damian Allsop.

“As I immersed myself in this world,” says Polly, “I uncovered a great synergy between the whisky-making process and that of chocolate. Both take time and exceptional attention to detail, with even the slightest changes to the process encouraging different aromas and flavours to emerge.” 

Polly drew inspiration from this unique experience to create The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao. Searching the sherry seasoned oak casks maturing at The Macallan Estate, she identified rare, indulgent chocolate notes.

A luxurious sensory experience

The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is an exceptionally rich single malt whisky crafted from a harmonious combination of European and American oak casks. Characterised by a deep, dark chocolate profile, ‘Rich Cacao’ pairs perfectly with the finest chocolate to deliver a luxurious sensory experience.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Toasted cacao beans.

Aroma: Chocolate fondant, honey, oak, zesty lime and ginger.

Palate: Dark chocolate, honey, dates, vanilla and cinnamon.

Finish: Long with rich chocolate.

ABV: 44%

Sustainable packaging

Inspired by The Macallan’s deep-rooted connection to nature for nearly 200 years, The Harmony Collection is an exploration into the world of sustainable packaging, which will fuse innovative techniques with materials from the natural world at the end of their life to see them reborn with a renewed purpose.

In homage to the chocolate, the elegant presentation box in which The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is encased is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It incorporates discarded cacao husks, a natural by-product of chocolate-making that would have been sent to landfills or destroyed. The glass bottle and the rear and front labels, made of the same cacao paper created for the presentation box, are fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Good for the world = Good for business!

Sustainability has been a constant guiding principle for The Macallan since 1824. That year The Macallan began crafting its single malt whisky in perfect harmony with the beautiful nature surrounding The Macallan Estate in Scotland’s Speyside.

Research by the New York University Center for Sustainable Business found that sustainability is where the growth is in virtually every category of consumer packaged goods.3 That makes stocking brands with genuine and well-established sustainability credentials an essential pillar of your future success.

The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao echoes the overwhelming movement towards sustainability and transparency.

With its unique and luxurious deep, dark chocolate profile wrapped up in genuinely sustainable packaging, it delivers on all counts for the modern single malt connoisseur.

If you’re a The Macallan selected liquor retailer and are interested in The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao, speak to your local Spirits Platform state manager or local BDM.

Spirits Platform is a leading alcohol distributor in Australia, but the spirit in our business runs deeper than liquid in a bottle. We are an independent Australian business representing a rich collective of family-owned brands. We’re proud of our independence and passionate about the brands we represent.

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1 IRI Australia Liquor Weighted MAT 14 Feb 2021  2Drinks International Annual Brands Report 2020

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