You will need to be quick – and have deep pockets – to get your hands on a bottle of The Reach, the oldest single malt to date from The Macallan.

An 81-year-old whisky that was distilled during the Second World War in 1940 and matured in a sherry-seasoned oak cask, The Reach is described as an “incomparable” single malt whisky that reflects an extraordinary moment in time and exemplifies the enduring spirit that has been at the heart of the brand for almost 200 years”.

Brand owner Edrington has released just 288 bottles of The Reach, each handmade from mouth-blown glass and presented on a bronze sculpture of three hands, created by Scottish artist Saskia Robinson.

Each hand represents characters in The Macallan’s history and their unique story. One of them is that of master whisky maker, Kirsteen Campbell, who carefully selected the 1940 cask used to create The Reach, deciding that now was the time to share this precious whisky with the world.

Kirsteen said: “It is an honour to introduce The Reach. Created during a turbulent time in the world, this extraordinary expression showcases The Macallan’s history, ingenuity and unmistakable strength of character.

“The creation of many hands, The Reach has been a truly collaborative effort. It’s also a tribute to the people who made this precious whisky, and their enduring spirit which never wavered.”