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The Macallan

In 1824, the Macallan distillery was licensed to Alexander Reid, but under a different name; it started life as Elchies Distillery. Macallan sits in close proximity to a ford across the river Spey, the site originally held a farm distillery, which was frequented by cattle drovers crossing the ford. The distillery was expanded toward the end of the nineteenth century and renamed Macallan-Glenlivet and in 1980 the 'Glenlivet' suffix was removed.

From the 1950s onwards, Macallan has been greatly extended; in 1965 it doubled its stills to twelve, then to eighteen in 1974 and in 1975, it further increased them to number twenty-one. This was down to great demand, for Macallan had become very sought after. Old vintages are highly prized and very valuable.

Roderick Kemp acquired the distillery in 1892 and set up a family trust. In 1968, Macallan-Glenlivet was traded on the London Stock Exchange. The name is a conjunction of ‘Magh’, Gaelic for a fertile piece of land, and ‘Ellan’, or ‘Of St Fillan’. St Fillan was an Irish Monk who travelled through Scotland during the 700s, promoting Christianity.

In 1986, the Japanese company Suntory bought out a quarter of the stocks and a decade later, Highland Distillers bought out the remaining stocks, ending the Kemp family interests. The Macallan has largely used Sherry casks for the maturation of their whisky. A very characteristic Speysider,the distillery recently brought out the Macallan Fine Oak range, which featured plenty of Bourbon-matured malt, and an eighteen year-old from this range, took first place in Whisky Magazine’s “Best Malts of the World”.

In 1999, Macallan was acquired by Edrington, and has not changed hands since.

In 2013 it was announced that a completely new, £100 million distillery was to be built. The new distillery, sporting a subterranean design, was commissioned on 9 November 2017. It finally opened in June 2018, although it ended up costing Edrington £140 million. The roof is covered with a grass and wildflower blanket, and sports a design that resembles waves, designed to mimic the rolling hills of Speyside, camouflaging it into the cliffs. The roof itself is a giant puzzle held together by precision, no glue or nails of any kind. Though an innovative feat of engineering, the whisky production has stayed as traditional as always.

The distillery produces 15 million litres of spirit each year, and Edrington is also aiming for quadruple growth for the brand within the next 25 years.

Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.6%

Yet another extraordinarily delicious Macallan single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! For batch 20 (doesn't time fly?!), the Boutique-y bunch has bottled by a brilliant…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,254.41

The Macallan Rare Cask (2021 Release)

70cl, 43%

Feast your eyes upon the 2021 release of Macallan's excellent Rare Cask single malt Scotch whisky! Drawn from sherry seasoned oak casks specially selected by the Macallan Whisky Mastery Team, this…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask (2021 Release)
$273.65

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 40%

An exciting new age statement single malt Scotch whisky from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
40
$60.39
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%

Released as part of Macallan’s ever-wonderful Sherry Oak range comes this 12 Year Old. It has spent its entire maturation in sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez, and is bottled at 40% ABV after its…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
120
$68.37

The Macallan 18 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 43%

The Macallan treated this 18 Year Old to not just one, but two cask types for its maturation, released as part of the Double Cask series! Oloroso sherry was used to season a combination of both…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Double Cask
2
$295.94

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%

Macallan's Triple Cask range was launched in 2018, taking the place of the Fine Oak range. This is the entry level expression from the series, matured for 12 years and drawn from a combination of…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask
14
$59.53
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The Macallan M (2020 Release)

70cl, 45%

The Macallan M is an astonishing expression from the distillery in Speyside, showing off decadent notes of sherry and mature oak throughout. The crustal decanter in which the whisky resides is also…  More info

The Macallan M (2020 Release)
$5,131.88

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.2%

We have another That Boutique-y Whisky Company independent bottling of well-aged whisky from the legendary Speyside-based distillery, Macallan! This is terribly exciting news because this edition was…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,710.57

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,851.04
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The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter (without Presentation Box)

70cl, 43%

This collaboration between Speyside whisky experts Macallan and French crystal exports Lalique features whisky aged exclusively in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter (without Presentation Box)
$2,851.04

The Macallan M Black (2018 Release)

70cl, 44.8%

It's the 2018 edition of The Macallan M Black, which shows off an intriguing, smoky side of the distillery's whisky. The immensely stylish black crystal decanter is made by Lalique, a reference to…  More info

The Macallan M Black (2018 Release)
$6,836.79

Macallan 1938 (bottled 1980s) - Gordon & MacPhail

75cl, 43%

Ever wondered what the whisky from Macallan distilled before the 1940s tasted like? We definitely have, and we're certain a few of you have done so too. Well, here's you chance to find out - this is…  More info

Macallan 1938 (bottled 1980s) - Gordon & MacPhail
$20,521.79

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1977

70cl, 43%

This 18 year old Macallan single malt was distilled all the way back in 1977 - the year that the first Star Wars film appeared in cinemas. A good year for whisky and movies, it seems... This…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1977
$4,555.97

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1981

70cl, 43%

Well-Sherried single malt from Macallan, distilled in 1981 and bottled 18 years later. The style of bottle and label different from previous editions of the series, opting for a tube rather than a…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1981
$4,555.97

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981

75cl, 43%

A marriage of whiskies distilled in 1948 and 1961, the years that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were born. It was bottled and released in 1981, of course, the year of the Royal wedding. This…  More info

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981
$5,696.38

The Macallan 48 Year Old 1969 - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%

An extraordinary Macallan single malt bottled by Duncan Taylor for its The Rarest of the Rare Collection - and it is indeed as rare as the name suggests. This one was distilled in 1969 and left to…  More info

The Macallan 48 Year Old 1969 - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)
4
$44,470.54

The Macallan Royal Marriage

70cl, 46.8%

This expression from The Macallan celebrates the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton - aptly, it's marriage of two casks. Handsomely bottled at 46.8% ABV, it comes complete with a…  More info

The Macallan Royal Marriage
$5,702.09

Macallan 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 15636) - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A wonderful Macallan single malt, distilled all the way back in May 1989, when Bon Jovi was ruling the music charts. What a time. The Speysider was whacked into a single refill hogshead, where it…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 15636) - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$4,555.97

Macallan 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%

Well, well, if it isn't batch 21 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's marvellous Macallan! This single malt was harvested from Macallan's rather small stills and aged for 24 years. Speaking of the…  More info

Macallan 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,482.48

The Macallan 1964 - Special Selection

75cl, 43%

A very rare bottling of single malt from Macallan, distilled all the way back in 1964 and bottled in 1981 as part of the Special Selection series. Incredibly collectible stuff from the revered…  More info

The Macallan 1964 - Special Selection
$5,696.38

Macallan 30 Year Old 1990 - The Scottish Gantry

70cl, 46.7%

A particularly well-sherried single malt from the Macallan Distillery in Speyside, bottled for The Scottish Gantry. This expression was distilled all the way back in 1990, and treated to a finish in…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1990 - The Scottish Gantry
$8,553.13

The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L) - Early 2000s

100cl, 58.5%

Fans of Macallan's marvellous well-sherried whiskies will be excited to see this collectible bottling of 10 year old cask strength single malt, which was bottled in the early 2000s. Drawn from sherry…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L) - Early 2000s
$2,851.04

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak (2021 Release)

70cl, 43%

This right here is the 2021 release of The Macallan 30 year Old Sherry Oak! As you might expect from the name, this expression has spent three decades maturing in sherry seasoned oak casks from…  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak (2021 Release)
$6,266.59

The Macallan Sir Peter Blake: An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery

70cl, 47.7%

This is a rather special release from The Macallan, created to commemorate renowned pop artist Sit Peter Blake's visit to the distillery up in Speyside. An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery pays…  More info

The Macallan Sir Peter Blake: An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery
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The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2021 Release)

70cl, 43%

A marvellously sherried single malt from the legendary Macallan Distillery, which has been allowed to slumber soundly in hand-picked sherry seasoned casks all the way from Jerez. After 18 years of…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2021 Release)

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