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.
After you sip the sherry, an individual tasting of the Rare Cask is poured as the staff talks you through the distillation process. At this point, they highlight a decanter that‘s found in the wood box before you that symbolizes The Macallan's stills, which are some of the smallest in the Scotch whisky industry to create a spirit ideal for aging in these casks. After you sip the whisky by itself, the sherry is then mixed with the whisky and poured into a small cocktail glass. (Raies calls the blend “dangerously smooth,” and we can confirm that’s an accurate statement.)