The Macallan 64 in Lalique

Iconic luxury brands The Macallan and Lalique have produced a one-of-a-kind decanter, created by the ancient “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method.

The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter, created to celebrate the 150th René Lalique’s birth, contains a 64 years old Macallan single malt whisky.

The decanter has been designed at Lalique’s Design Studio in Paris, based upon a ship’s decanter of the 1820’s, the decade in which The Macallan was founded.

Lalique’s designer felt the shape lent itself perfectly to the beautifully crafted panorama of The Macallan estate by the river Spey, in north east Scotland.

The lost wax process is an ancient practice originally developed to cast large pieces in bronze.

After first modeling a piece in wax, it is covered with plaster and then sent to the oven to bake the clay while the wax melts. Finally, molten crystal is poured in the emptied shape.

The 64 years old Macallan has been vatted together from three casks, all built from sherry seasoned Spanish oak.

The first was filled in 1942, the second in 1945 and the third in January 1946, from which the age of this great Macallan has been taken.

For the next eight months, The luxury decanter will travel around the world from Paris to New York via Madrid, London, Moscow, Seoul, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s on November 15, 2010 in New York.