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The Macallan courts javaphiles with coffee inspired limited edition Harmony Collection whiskies

A bottle of Macallan Harmony Collection whisky alongside a cup of coffee and a bowl of popcorn

The Macallan has released a coffee inspired second edition of its Harmony Collection, limited annual editions of novel single malt whiskies:  The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica and The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica

Toffee hued Smooth Arabica channels the flavour of cherry-spiced americano, and has an ABV of 40%, while crema coloured Inspired by Intense Arabica is reminiscent of a sweet, dark roast espresso and has a higher ABV of 44%.

The Harmony Collection made its sell-out debut last year with the release of Rich Cacao, followed by Fine Cacao, both offering distinctive chocolate flavour profiles.  

The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner has created the intensely flavoured whiskies to pair perfectly with coffee…

The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner created the premium flavoured whiskies to pair perfectly with coffee. As part of the process he hosted a masterclass with world renowned coffee experts at The Macallan Estate.  

Among the coffee masters who shared their knowledge 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. 

Drawing inspiration from the Arabica coffee bean from Ethiopia, renowned as the birthplace of coffee, a combination of American and European oak casks were used to achieve the distinctive notes offered by these new single malts. 

Bremner explains: “Exploring the world of coffee with our masters in the industry, who shared their knowledge, creativity, and love for their art, was both an education and an inspiration. There are many parallels between the approach to creating incomparable whisky and coffee. Each requires unique skills and craftsmanship to achieve depth and complexity of taste and both worlds aim to deliver an extraordinary consumption experience.”

“To create the coffee-inspired second edition of The Harmony Collection, 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.”  

Scottish coffee roaster, Lisa Lawson, notes: “Today, people have a greater understanding of coffee, they know the vocabulary, they know what they like, and with whisky it’s the same. Whisky goes well with coffee – it comes at the end of a meal and it’s natural for whisky and coffee flavours to sit together.” 

The Harmony editions ship in hybrid packaging, created from repurposed and recycled materials including coffee bean husks.

Paper expert Michele Posocco, from Italian paper mill Favini, worked with The Macallan to create the packaging. The red pantone colour on the Inspired by Intense Arabica pack reflects the coffee fruit, while the vibrant green on the Smooth Arabica carton represents the unroasted bean.  

The Macallan Harmony Collection II Inspired by Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica sell for £140 and are available from The Macallan Estate, The Macallan Online Boutique, Harvey Nichols, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt, Majestic, Milroy’s and Amathus.

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