The Macallan has recently unveiled the second edition of The Harmony Collection- Smooth Arabica. This limited annual release will be available exclusively at the Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad International Duty Free stores from March 2023.
Driven by the brand’s inherent curiosity and its innovative and creative mindset, each release features distinctive packaging that incorporates organic by-products and gives them new life.
This new Collection celebrates the world of coffee and is inspired by the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean. Its hybrid packaging was created using repurposed and recycled materials including discarded coffee bean husks.
The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner has created the intensely flavoured whisky to pair with coffee. He immersed himself in the art of coffee by hosting a masterclass with world renowned coffee experts at The Macallan Estate.
Among the coffee masters who shared their knowledge with Steven were Ethiopian coffee grower Kenean Asefa Dukamo, whose family works with the Arabica variety showcased by the whiskey; Scottish coffee roaster Lisa Lawson, a pioneer of speciality coffee in Scotland acclaimed for her roasting techniques; and award-winning American barista Andrea Allen, renowned for creating incredible coffee experiences. UK-based coffee artist Dhan Tamang crafted a range of coffee art, sharing his knowledge on the art of the perfect coffee serve and sensory perceptions, while leading coffee historian Professor Jonathan Morris provided an insight into the roots of coffee and how it has become the global phenomenon it is today.
Steven selected a combination of American and European oak casks to achieve the distinctive notes offered by this single malt. Smooth Arabica conveys the flavours of a gently spiced and soft americano which come through at an ABV of 40% which can be paired with coffee to provide a new way to savour The Macallan.
This expression is presented in a presentation box, which incorporates repurposed coffee bean husks, a by-product in the coffee-making process. Paper expert Michele Posocco from Italian paper mill Favini worked with The Macallan to create the innovative packaging. The vibrant green on the Smooth Arabica pack represents the unroasted coffee bean.