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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.

The Macallan Classic Cut (2018 Release)

70cl, 51.2%

An exciting annual release from The Macallan, the Classic Cut 2018 Release was matured exclusively in hand-picked oloroso sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain, before being bottled at 51.2%…  More info

The Macallan Classic Cut (2018 Release)
$269.87

The Macallan Classic Cut (2017 Release)

70cl, 58.4%

The Macallan Classic Cut 2017 was the inaugural release in a new series of exciting annual limited editions, each of which will cast a unique take on the distillery's classic character. The 2017…  More info

The Macallan Classic Cut (2017 Release)
$323.80

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
111
$80.96

Macallan 1950 (bottled early 1980s)

75cl, 43%

This is a rare bottling of Macallan single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1950 and bottled during the early 1980s. From the handwritten label, we can see that it was bottled for Atkinson…  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled early 1980s)
$10,789.61

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
$5,392.10

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)
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$51,816
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 49.2%

Indie bottler North Star Spirits have done it again with this 25 year old bottling of Macallan, released as part of the Cask Series 007. Distilled in 1993, it then spent its days (or years, rather)…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits
$1,613.85
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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
$4,312.61

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1966 (No Box)

75cl, 43%

This is a rare bottling of 18 year old single malt from Macallan, distilled all the way back in 1966. While it does not come alongside its original presentation box, the bottle has done an impressive…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1966  (No Box)
$3,772.85

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1980

70cl, 43%

This is a rare and collectible bottle of Macallan 18 Year Old, distilled back in 1980 and allowed to mature in sherry oak casks. These are highly sought-after by whisky enthusiasts... This bottle…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1980
$2,698.75

The Macallan Easter Elchies Black (2018 Release)

70cl, 49.2%

This full-bodied and subtly smoky single malt from the famed Macallan distillery was released as part of the Easter Elchies series, a range that honours the iconic Easter Elchies house on the…  More info

The Macallan Easter Elchies Black (2018 Release)
$2,428.88

Macallan 28 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 44.3%

We've got our hands on another excellent single malt from the Macallan Distillery to bottle as part of our Single Cask Series! This particular whisky was distilled back in January 1990 and left to…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,424.89
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Macallan 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40.2%

Single cask single malt from the highly-regarded Macallan Distillery, independently bottled by our very own hands! This whisky was distilled back in September 1989 and left to mature in a sherry…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,430.29
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The Macallan Special Reserve - 1990s

70cl, 46%

A rare 1990s bottling of Macallan Special Reserve, a non-age statement single malt which has become rather collectible indeed. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

The Macallan Special Reserve - 1990s
$1,295.40

The Macallan 10 Year Old - Whisky Magazine 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.4%

A rare bottle of Macallan 10 Year Old, originally released in celebration of Whisky magazine's 10th anniversary! Very collectible for whisky, Whisky Magazine and magazine enthusiasts alike. Only 300…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - Whisky Magazine 10th Anniversary Bottling
$3,778.25

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
$5,397.50

Macallan Edition No.5

70cl, 48.5%

The Macallan Edition series continues with the 5th release, and this one is all about the natural colour of the whisky! Celebrating the natural colour of the whisky, imparted by its time maturing in…  More info

Macallan Edition No.5
$99.27

The Macallan 15 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 43%

Introduced in mid-2018, the Triple Cask range takes the place of Fine Oak in the Macallan stable. This expression is made exclusively with whisky aged for at least 15 years in a combination of…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old Triple Cask
4
$112.31

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979

75cl, 43%

A 1979 vintage single malt from Macallan's extensive series of 18 year old expressions matured in sherry casks. These bottlings have become very sought after over the years, and would make for a fine…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1985

70cl, 43%

A very impressive release from Macallan, this 18 Year Old was put into cask back in 1985. The single malt spent the next 18 years in Oloroso sherry casks until it was bottled at 43% ABV. On the…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1985

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.5%

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich. Please note: The presentation box…  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
12
$754.57

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 4

70cl, 43%

The fourth and final release in the Archival Series from Macallan, which recreates the old advertising styles of the brand. Released in 2019, Folio 4 features an advert showcasing Strathspey composed…  More info

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 4

Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

50cl, 47.3%

Independently bottled 26 year old Macallan single malt, finished in a specially coopered sherry casks which previously held Moscatel sherry! Macallan's whiskies are well-known for their intensely…  More info

Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish
$824.69

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva

70cl, 40%

This here is a highly collectible and sought after 1979 Macallan, part of the Gran Reserva series, a series of bottling released between 1997 and 2002 to showcase the superb sherried deliciousness…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva
$3,778.25

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1989 Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Macallan's 18 Year Old Sherry Oak has reached almost cult status, having been voted best whisky in the world by Whisky Magazine in 2004. The 1989 vintage whisky is matured exclusively in Oloroso…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1989 Sherry Oak
$1,074.11

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