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Expression is inspired by Ethiopian Arabica beans

TORONTO, ON - The Macallan has unveiled a new expression that forms the second edition of The Harmony Collection in Canada, a limited annual release driven by the brand’s inherent curiosity and its innovative and creative mindset. 

Exploring The Macallan’s future packaging journey, this release features distinctive packaging that incorporates organic by-products and gives them new life. 

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica, the single malt whisky in this year’s release, celebrates the world of coffee and has been inspired by the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean. Its hybrid packaging was created using repurposed and recycled materials including coffee bean husks which would have otherwise been discarded. 

The Macallan Master Whisky Maker Steven Bremner has created the intensely flavoured whisky to pair perfectly with coffee. He immersed himself in the art of coffee by hosting a masterclass with world renowned coffee experts at The Macallan Estate. He explored the incredible journey from field to cup, uncovering the unique process and distinct flavour profiles at each stage. 

Among the coffee masters who shared their knowledge with Bremner were Ethiopian coffee grower Kenean Asefa Dukamo, whose family works with the Arabica variety showcased by the whisky; 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. 

Drawing inspiration from the Arabica coffee bean from Ethiopia, renowned as the birthplace of coffee, Bremner selected a harmonious combination of American and European oak casks to achieve the distinctive notes offered by the single malt. Inspired by Intense Arabica is reminiscent of a sweet yet strong espresso coffee and has a higher ABV of 44%. It can be paired with coffee to provide a new way to savour The Macallan.  

In homage to their coffee inspiration, the new expression is presented in a beautifully crafted 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 rich red Pantone colour on the Inspired by Intense Arabica pack is reflective of coffee fruit. 

The Harmony Collection commenced with the release of Rich Cacao last year, which incorporated discarded husks from cacao pods in its packaging and offered distinctive chocolate flavour profiles. 

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica will be available across Canada in the coming months at a suggested retail price of CAD $249.95/750mL.  

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Whisky Maker’s Notes

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica 

ABV: 44%

Colour: Crema

Aroma: Tiramisu, cappuccino, gingerbread, raisins, almonds, sweet oak and vanilla

Palate: Espresso, dark chocolate, raisin, tiramisu, blackberry, vanilla, Brazil nut and sweet oak 

Finish: Long, dark roast coffee, balanced and sweet

About The Macallan 
Founded in 1824 on a plateau above the River Spey in north-east Scotland, The Macallan is renowned globally for its incomparable craftsmanship, creativity and innovation with each bottle of single malt whisky revealing its unique mastery of wood and spirit. 

Social and environmental sustainability is at the heart of The Macallan, and as part of its commitment to establishing a positive legacy it revealed its award-winning new Distillery in 2018. Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, the building takes inspiration from the surrounding ancient Scottish hills and is located on The Macallan’s beautiful 485-acre Estate. To this day, the single greatest influence on The Macallan’s sought after portfolio of single malts is its sherry seasoned oak casks from which its whiskies derive their distinctive flavours, aromas and natural colour. 

Crafted without compromise. Please savour The Macallan responsibly.

About Edrington 
Edrington owns some of the leading Scotch whisky and rum brands in the world. The Macallan is their central focus, supported by Highland Park and The Glenrothes in the fast-growing Single Malt category and Naked in the Blended Malt category. 
Edrington is headquartered in Scotland and employs around 3,000 people in its companies and joint venture operations worldwide, with over 70% employed overseas. The company owns its route to market in 13 countries and operates the remainder through joint venture and third-party agreements. 
About Beam Suntory 
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka and Midori liqueur. 
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and  

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