Macallan is launching a set of six limited-edition whiskeys this month to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, but to get one, you may need to wait until February. The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Sale hits retail stores on many other continents, but February 2023 is when you’ll be able to purchase it for the first time in the United States.
This isn’t the first time Bond has collaborated with a spirit brand. But Pierce Brosnan Bond’s martini-focused ads have declined, and in recent years Bond has preferred his bleak spirits. Scotch brands like Macallan have partnered with The Macallan Fine & Rare 1962but Even rum brands It bears the Bond logo of the past decade.
Macallan hasn’t shared information about why the delays occur to US retailers, but the long history of writing about scotch sales has us guessing it has to do with the relatively slow approval process for US imports. It is common for rare Scotch to appear in limited quantities late on the US market (if any).
The six bottles pictured in this set all contain the same liquid, although their appearance is different. Artwork from each release depicts iconic details of the Bond films of the era.
As for what’s inside the bottle, well, that’s not clear. This whiskey is not age specific, but tasting notes give us some clues.
The scent includes citrus, sherbet, and coconut, which suggests it may be a stock of American cherry oak. Flavor flavors the brand shares include orange flavor, soda sorbet, vanilla, coconut, and honey—all of which refer to a younger spirit and not a full-on sherry bomb (all Macallan whiskeys are finished in sherry casks at one time or another). It’s hard to guess, but we can assume with some security that the contents of this bottle will be no older than a standard 18-year-old Scotch.