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This Lunar New Year, gift someone the magic of ringing in the new year and the joy of celebrating a special occasion with loved ones

Renowned worldwide for its extraordinary single malt whiskies, The Macallan has revealed its limited-edition A Night On Earth series, a new annual limited edition gifting series that will reflect on a different destination each year, exploring its local and family traditions.

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Its first expression is A Night On Earth In Scotland–a collaboration with Japanese-French illustrator Erica Dorn, whose artwork has featured in director Wes Anderson’s The Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch–which captures the joy of celebrating Scotland’s Hogmanay festivities. For the uninitiated, Hogmanay (which means the last day of the old year) is what the Scots called New Year’s Eve and like anywhere else in the world, it is celebrated on December 31.

What sets Hogmanay apart from other New Year’s Eve celebrations is how enormous its scale is and what a frenzy the revelries can become–it is truly a spectacle of fire and light. This is because Christmas was virtually banned in Scotland for around 400 years, from the end of the 17th century to the 1950s.

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As such, until the 1950s, Scots would work over Christmas before celebrating their Winter Solstice holiday on New Year's Eve when they would gather to passionately party, exchange presents, and welcome even strangers with warm hospitality (it is considered good luck for a dark-haired visitor to be the first person to enter one's home after midnight). Hogmanay is celebrated so enthusiastically, it would usually continue into New Year's Day and sometimes even January 2, which is a bank holiday in Scotland.

The Macallan’s A Night On Earth In Scotland captures exactly this: the joy of celebrating a special occasion with loved ones wherever you are on Earth. And while the memories of a Hogmanay experience can fade over time, A Night On Earth In Scotland is Hogmanay all bottled up so you can bring it with you wherever you go or better yet, gift it to someone special.

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A Night On Earth In Scotland boasts Dorn’s playful abstract illustrations which were inspired by the historic fire rituals that are central to New Year celebrations around the world.

“Fire plays a significant role in New Year celebrations around the world. Around its warmth, we gather our families, friends, and loved ones to share past memories and future hopes. Though the fire rituals may differ from culture to culture, fire is universal in its ability to unite us and bring us ‘home’," Dorn explains.

They also reveal some of the distinctive customs of Scotland’s Hogmanay, and evocative flavours found within the whisky crafted by lead whisky maker Sarah Burgess, who drew on fond family memories of Hogmanay to create a rich, evocative expression. “Encapsulating the hopes and dreams of Hogmanay celebrations past, present and future, it also conveys the unwavering human desire to spend special times with loved ones," Burgess says.

A combination of The Macallan’s exceptional sherry-seasoned American and European oak casks together with American ex-bourbon barrels was used to achieve this whisky’s rich, sweet shortbread-like character. With a soft, velvety mouthfeel, it showcases the skill of the whisky maker and The Macallan’s commitment to craftsmanship and uncompromised excellence since 1824.

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Innovative multi-layered packaging has also been developed to deliver an exceptional unboxing experience and showcase Dorn’s vibrant designs, conveying both the story of Hogmanay and the universality of gathering with loved ones for the change of the year. Truly, The Macallan's limited-edition A Night On Earth In Scotland is the embodiment of joy and the magic of ringing in the new year, and a gift that will keep on giving.

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