Inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we're enamoured with everything about this exclusive release from The Whisky Exchange.
From the beautiful illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake, to the very concept of each expression in the range representing a different character within the famous Scottish play — we're calling it our must-buy malt of the year.
The liquid itself is also a delight, with notes of cinnamon-spiked apple pie, vanilla ice-cream, berries and grippy tannins coming from the ex-red wine casks.
We'll be patiently waiting for Act Two to drop in 2024...
“Sukhinder Singh and Oliver Chilton have painstakingly sourced the different whiskies over the past four years. They also worked with celebrated whisky writer and Decanter contributor, Dave Broom, who provided tasting and characterisation notes for each whisky.”
“With some of the whiskies, the connection between flavour and character is more conceptual, while with others it is more direct. For instance, Broom imagined that the Thane Menteith had lived a life of wealth and comfort, disturbed at the end by a call to action, 31 year old Benriach has the expected rich orchard fruit and nutty flavours, but with something of the forest floor on the finish, which recalls Menteith being drawn into the final conflict against Macbeth. Meanwhile, for the Bloody Sergeant – a wounded character who reports on Macbeth’s success in the initial battle – they selected a 10 year old Blair Athol, aged in bourbon hogsheads and red wine casks, with the latter imparting metallic tannins that hint of blood, and a peppery bite of gunpowder.”
“This is a fantastic concept that has been willed into reality and inspires a new conversation between literature lovers and whisky lovers. What kind of whisky is Macbeth? Is he sharp and peaty or is he smooth and leathery? The collection encourages analysis of characters that are so well-known and have endured for hundreds of years as well as enjoyment of high-quality Scotch whisky. I, for one, cannot wait.”
A collection of impressions, thoughts and reviews of our Act One whiskies
The attention to detail is magnificent. If you come across a bottle, be sure to get a good look at it. The bottle shape is unique, the labels are beautifully done, the fonts, the texts on the back labels, the depth of information about the whisky involved… it’s all perfectly executed. So much work has gone into this! Furthermore, add in the awesome scale of the collection and you can only describe it as a piece of art.
92/100, KING DUNCAN, Glen Grant, 56 Years Old
“An old-fashioned Glen Grant, full of dark sherry notes and always keeping a rather sweet and rounded profile ... An impressive first lead character in a series of five ”
First off, I’ve never seen Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, either on stage or any of the movie versions. Does that make me a Philistine? I don’t know, maybe. But I might have to after having tried a few whiskies from Act One of Livingstone’s Macbeth Whisky Collection. The scope of this project totals 42 whiskies and is hugely impressive.
“Certainly a venerable malt, this Glen Garioch 31 Years is just everything you can hope for, sans maybe a sliver of smoke, which wouldn't have been unusual for an early 1990s Glen Garioch. Regardless, a fantastic whisky.”