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The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is the brand's latest in a series of delicious whisky with hints of cacao. The best part? It's packaged with sustainability in mind

What pairs best with a drink in hand? If you thought of chocolate, then you aren't alone. The Macallan, known for its high-quality luxury whiskies, has taken notice of the rich cacao bean and incorporated it into their latest limited-edition drink. The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is the first in a series of single malts that are also set to be packaged in fully recyclable and biodegradable material. Having been guided by the principle of sustainability for the past 200 years, The Macallan reinvigorates its promise to keep the earth as one of its priorities by packaging the new drink in cacao by-products. As a tribute to its flavours, the bottle will be encased in a recyclable and biodegradable presentation box crafted from discarded cacao pod husks. 

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The new drink, which has an ABV of 44 per cent, was crafted by The Macallan Whisky Maker, Polly Logan, after a trip to Girona, Spain. Her journey brought her in touch with some of the most celebrated chocolatiers in Europe. While in Spain, Logan visited pastry chef Jordi Roca's chocolate factory, Casa Cacao. She also brought her research to the expert palate of master chocolatier, Damian Allsop. "Working in collaboration with Jordi Roca, acknowledged as one of the best and most creative pastry chefs in the world, and with exceptional chocolatier, Damian Allsop, I went on a journey of discovery, learning of the craftsmanship, passion, and creativity which goes into making chocolate," she shares. "As I immersed myself in this world, 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."

After which, she returned to The Macallan Estate and formulated a single malt whisky in both European and American oak casks. “For this expression, I sought out a specific chocolate note in The Macallan’s traditional sherry-seasoned European oak casks and combined this with a vanilla note imparted by sherry seasoned American oak casks to sweeten the slightly bitter chocolate note I had found," Logan explains. "This exquisite single malt offers a delightful whisky and chocolate pairing experience and the chance to elevate The Macallan experience to a new dimension.” The result is a rich usquaebach with an aroma of chocolate fondant, honey, oak, lime, and ginger. Its palate includes hints of dark chocolate, honey, dates, and cinnamon and comes with a long chocolate finish. In other words, it is quite the epicure's dream. 


The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is available at Future Trade International Inc., Forth and Tay, Thirst.ph, Grand Cru Wines and Spirits, Solid Wines, Prestige Wines and at leading premium retailers, bars, and restaurants in the Philippines. For further information, visit themacallan.com

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