The experience starts with the acorn that a staff member asks you to drop anywhere into the wooden box, which represents the virtual forest, as they start to tell you the story of Macallan. The cool thing about the Scotch you’re about to drink, Macallan Rare Cask (which on its own costs $65 a glass), is that is ain’t just any ordinary whisky -- it’s made from the “top 1%” of all casks maturing in the company’s warehouse, hand-selected by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno. So yeah, it’s pretty good shit.
But before you start sipping the fancy stuff, you are first treated to an individual tasting of the sherry -- Bodegas Tradición 30-Year Oloroso -- that is vital to the seasoning of the casks, which in turn provide the foundation of the slightly fruity, rich flavor of the liquor. Macallan owns nine out of 10 sherry casks in the world, and the ones that are used to make its Rare Cask come from distilleries that no longer exist, making it even rarer.