For a character who has built a significant pillar of his personality on loving martinis, one would expect James Bond to be something of a gin purist. But sharp-eyed fans of the famous franchise will have spotted the spy sipping a single malt Scotch in the movie Skyfall. And not just any Scotch, but The Macallan Fine & Rare 1962.
As it turns out, the Speyside distillery and the secret agent have a lot more in common than we might think, and these commonalities are what the whisky maker is celebrating with The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release.
“This October, James Bond will celebrate its 60th anniversary, making it the longest running and one of the most loved franchises in the world of entertainment, comprising 25 films over six decades and six lead actors over time,” said Jaume Ferras, Global Creative Director for The Macallan. “The Macallan is James Bond’s whisky of choice and as two renowned global brands, we share many synergies, most notably as modern innovators linked by our Scottish heritage.”
Skyfall revealed that the Bond ancestral home was an impressive lodge in Glencoe, located in the Scottish Highlands. And just as the spy relies on cutting-edge technology and a spirit of uncompromising excellence in his missions, so too does The Macallan in the making of its award-winning whiskies.
Celebrating the most iconic moments of the James Bond films
This non-age statement expression is packaged in six unique designs, each representing a decade from the film franchise. Using original illustrations sourced from the film archives, the bottles provide insight into the creative process behind Bond’s most iconic moments. In Decade III for instance, the box features the logo art from Octopussy and storyboard sketches from For Your Eyes Only, while Decade V depicts Daniel Craig’s car sequence from Casino Royale as well as a digitally sketched rooftop chase in Quantum of Solace.
All bottles house the same liquid, which was crafted by Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell. On the nose, this whisky delivers bright citrus notes of lemon and lime, complemented by a subtle tang of sherbet. Beneath the zest there is a rich undertone of vanilla and coconut, while hints of dried fig and raisin lend depth and complexity.
On the palate, the whisky continues to burst with orange zest and fizzy lemon sherbet before it subsides into delicate oak and ginger flavours. The journey then leads to rich and complex notes of dark chocolate, plump figs and freshly baked apple tart. Honeyed sweetness lingers on the tongue, providing a satisfying conclusion to this indulgent spirit.
Register your interest at The Macallan Boutique in Raffles Hotel Singapore.