The Macallan is shaking things up in the whiskey world by reversing the traditional method of ageing for their new 1824 Series.

Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Whiskey Maker, uses the natural colour formed during maturation in different cask types as a basis for the character of the whiskey in the new 1824 Series.

The three new expressions (Amber, Sienna and Ruby) are derived from a range of wood characters ranging from light to dark, with the wood defining the flavour – moving from lighter, lemon citrus tastes to richer, dried fruit notes.

“Using colour to drive and define a whisky differs dramatically from the conventional age approach, allowing us to explore different casks and take a more flexible approach to our stock,” says Dalgarno. “We have been able to work creatively with the full range of matured stock available, rather than working to a pre-determined character based on age.”

“Taking colour as the basis for shaping these whiskies, an industry first, is testimony both to the innovative approach to whiskey making and to the long experience of our Whisky Maker,” says Ken Grier, Director of Malts. “As some 60% of the aroma and flavour of The Macallan derives from the oak maturation casks, this new range is a genuine opportunity to … challenge perceptions about bottling at arbitrary ages.”

The Macallan 1824 Series will be available in major liquor outlets and leading bars from November 2013.