The Macallan and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley launches a first-of-its-kind Whisky Experience in Australia

Aug 2, 2023
Bartenders Corner I The Macallan, Whisky



Introducing The Macallan Room at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a bespoke sensorial whisky experience at the ultra-luxury resort in Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains.  

The Macallan Room at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has been designed to bring to life the rich stories and heritage of the two brands, which share equal values to pursue excellence and exquisite craftsmanship. The Macallan see this partnership as an opportunity to engage with their Australian audience on a deeper level by offering a uniquely immersive experience for discerning resort guests who pay homage to the nature and culture of both brand’s heritage and sustainability philosophies. 

Guests of the resort will experience The Macallan story through a sensorial journey, exploring the extraordinary legacy and expertise of the world’s most incomparable Single Malt Scotch whisky. Whisky connoisseurs will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of The Macallan while tasting some of the finest range of exquisite single malts available, including limited editions, new releases, rare expressions, and archival products from the resort’s exclusive ‘vault’, including the celebrated M Collection, that promises a journey of discovery and intrigue.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s resident chef, Pitam Gurung, will carefully curate a series of seasonal menus throughout the year to pair perfectly with the selection of fine whiskies. This one-of-a-kind menu series will feature seasonal produce grown in the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley chef’s garden, foraged from the reserve and sourced from the best of the region’s specialty farmers and producers. 

“The Macallan is honoured to partner with the ultra-luxury Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort to bring a first-to-market exclusive private space curated with The Macallan bespoke journey set in the breathtaking Blue Mountains of Australia. Given the natural synergy and shared values between the two brands in unrivalled craftsmanship, exceptional hospitality, rich culture, and The Macallan’s stand on sustainability, this is the perfect pairing for the sophisticated Australian audience to discover. Australia is a large market for brown spirits, specifically in the malt scotch category at the prestige level, and has a large wealthy population, making it a focused market with substantial opportunities for The Macallan. The unique sensorial partnership with Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will bring an elevated brand experience to the luxury clientele as well as The Macallan collectors and whisky connoisseurs alike” says Lai-Ching Kok, Managing Director of Edrington Southeast Asia & Pacific. 

“This unique collaboration by The Macallan and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is based on a shared vision of sustainable luxury. We are committed to the same values of craftsmanship, innovation, and preserving our environment for future generations. Together we have created an exciting new experience for resort guests and a place to experience The Macallan’s collection of some of the world’s finest single malt whiskies in a stunning Australian bushland setting,” Tim Stanhope, General Manager, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release 

The Macallan @ Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley officially unveiled The Macallan’s James Bond 60th Anniversary Release marking six decades of James Bond. The remarkable collection comprises six limited edition bottles encasing a single malt whisky in unique packs, each featuring an original illustrative design and colour denoting the decade it represents. The distinctive packaging brings to life the creative development process of the films in a behind-the-scenes exploration of the James Bond archives. 

Whisky Maker’s Notes: 

The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release 

ABV: 43.7% 

Nose: Fresh and vibrant notes of lemon and lime, a sprinkle of sherbet, leading into sweet vanilla and coconut, with a hint of dried fig and raisin. Palate: Orange zest and fizzy sherbet with a lemon freshness, gentle oak and subtle ginger spice, leading into deep dark chocolate, figs and baked apple tart with a honey drizzle. Finish: Sweet and long with complex layers. 

As part of the ongoing partnership, guests staying at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley can enjoy the following The Macallan experiences: 

The Macallan Serves 

Resort guests can soak in majestic valley vistas whilst savouring cocktails designed exclusively for the resort by The Macallan designed to elevate enjoyment of their renowned single malts.  This selection proudly incorporates unique elements of Wolgan Valley such as handpicked lemon-scented tea tree.

The Macallan Flights 

Guests can enjoy either a self-guided flight of carefully selected whiskies that showcase The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks, or The Macallan Prestige Flight features a range of new releases, limited editions, and archival products from the resort’s exclusive ‘vault’ that promises a journey of discovery and intrigue. Available daily for resort guests. 

5-course Dinner Paired with The Macallan 

A seasonal dinner menu designed by the resort’s Executive Sous Chef Pitam Gurung, designed specifically to pair with The Macallan’s exceptional serves. This one-of-a-kind menu features seasonal produce grown in the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley chef’s garden, foraged from the reserve and sourced from the best of the region’s speciality farmers and producers. Resort guests can enjoy this exclusive menu in the Wolgan Dining Room overlooking glorious Wolgan Valley views.

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