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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 Quest (1L)

100cl, 40%

The Macallan Quest might sound like some sort of epic journey to throw an evil chime hoop into a massive sherry cask, but it's actually a Travel Retail bottling of Macallan single malt drawn from…  More info

The Macallan Quest (1L)
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$87.99

The Macallan Rare Cask Black

70cl, 48%

Smoky Macallan?! Yes indeed friends, such a thing exists! Macallan Rare Cask Black was made from a marriage of less than 100 casks, resulting in an expression that shows off a fascinating combination…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask Black
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$423.88

The Macallan Estate Reserve

70cl, 45.7%

Launched for the travel retail market, this stunning Macallan is made in sherry-seasoned hoggies and is bottled at 80 UK proof. Very tasty stuff from the 1824 Collection.  More info

The Macallan Estate Reserve
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$268.36

Macallan Masters of Photography Magnum Edition

70cl, 43.7%

An absolutely stunning release from The Macallan, combining the two art forms of whisky and photography. The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition, the seventh limited edition release,…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography Magnum Edition
$2,892.99

The Macallan 1841 Replica

70cl, 41.7%

A replica of a bottle of Macallan from 1841, drink it and imagine you were there in those heady times - this was actually the year that Sir Richard Owen coined the term "dinosaur". The whisky in this…  More info

The Macallan 1841 Replica
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The Macallan 1876 Replica

70cl, 40.6%

This is a very collectible bottle of Macallan single malt, presented in a replica of the bottles Macallan used all the way back in 1876! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

The Macallan 1876 Replica
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1993 Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Some collectible sherried awesomeness from Macallan, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and matured for an entire 18 years in sherry casks. It's full of everything you love about Macallan and…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1993 Sherry Oak

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%

A 1990s edition of the wonderful Macallan 10 Year Old - a classic Speyside whisky with a gracefully charming character. A collector's piece for sure! This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s
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Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9441) - Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

Distilled in 1997 at Macallan distillery, this 16 year old single malt was matured in a single hogshead and bottled in 2014 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Copper's Choice range. Only 300…  More info

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9441) - Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$72.95

The Macallan Coronation

70cl, 56.9%

A limited edition commemorative release from The Macallan featuring two quite different, 35cl bottles of sherried Speyside whisky. Only 1953 bottles have been produced for the UK market to mark the…  More info

The Macallan Coronation

The Macallan 17 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

The 17 year old edition of Macallan's Fine Oak, showcasing the range of casks in Macallan's extensive warehouses. The Fine Oak expressions are drawn from a trio of cask varieties - American and…  More info

The Macallan 17 Year Old Fine Oak

The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
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Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8904) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Macallan single malt from many moons ago. This single malt from the revered distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1975 and matured in cask #8904 until it was bottled for the…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8904) - First Cask

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)

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43%

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
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The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

Superlative Speysider from Macallan, this astonishing 25 year old is one of the most revered whiskies in the world. It received a perfect 100 out of 100 score from the Beverage Testing Institute in…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (Old Bottling)
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The Macallan 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 43%

This is a 1 litre bottling of 12 year old single malt from Macallan, bottled in the 1980s. Very collectible indeed. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Edition)

70cl, 43%

Macallan's 18 Year Old Sherry Oak is a much-loved release from the Speyside distillery, matured in specially selected sherry-seasoned casks from Jerez, Spain. This particular instalment in the range…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Edition)

The Macallan Private Eye

70cl, 40%

A very rare and collectible bottling of Macallan single malt. This bottling was created back in 1996, honouring the 35th anniversary of the satirical magazine Private Eye. That's certainly one way to…  More info

The Macallan Private Eye

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.3 (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

Here we have a pretty special dram, and it's the 2018 release and third batch in the highly sought after Rare Cask series from The Macallan. Much like its predecessor, batch three is comprised of…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.3 (2018 Release)

The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L)

100cl, 58.1%

This is a collectible bottling of Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength, a heavily sherried and full-bodied expression which has sadly been discontinued. Intense stuff, this. This bottle was part of…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L)

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

Part of the super-popular Sherry Oak range from The Macallan Distillery, this 25 Year Old Sherry Oak was matured exclusively in hand-picked, sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. As you would…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Release)
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The Macallan Concept No.1 2018

70cl, 40%

A bright and funky limited edition bottling of The Macallan, Concept No.1 is the first in the series released for the Travel Retail market, inspired by surreal art. The single malt is crafted from…  More info

The Macallan Concept No.1 2018
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Macallan-Glenlivet 1968 (bottled 1979) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

76cl, 42.8%

A rare little gem, this 1968 Macallan was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 1979. It even features the "-Glenlivet" suffix in the name, as was the style back in the day. This bottle was part…  More info

Macallan-Glenlivet 1968 (bottled 1979) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

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)

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