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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 1874 Replica

70cl, 45%

A very rare bottle from Macallan, produced to look like the bottles that were produced all the way back in 1874. Not only that, the whisky within the bottled is based on the style of whisky produced…  More info

The Macallan 1874 Replica

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44%

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
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$3,538.98

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Macallan 30 Year Old was matured in Spanish oak casks which were handmade and seasoned with sherry in Jerez, Spain.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12782) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%

The Xtra Old Particular indie bottling range from Douglas Laing is reserved for very special, excited whiskies - 25 year old Macallan fits the bill perfectly. This Speyside single malt was distilled…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12782) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

The Macallan Edition No.4

70cl, 48.4%

The fourth release in the Edition Series, a range of whiskies that focuses on The Macallan’s commitment to wood, the Edition No. 4 was aged in a combination of seven different cask types. These…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.4
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The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.2 (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

This right here is the second batch of Macallan's Rare Cask from 2018. Rare Cask is now released in small batches (three of them in 2018, four of them in subsequent years), featuring whisky drawn…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.2 (2018 Release)

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.)
$68.81

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask (with Presentation Tin)

70cl, 40%

A stylish bottling of Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask alongside an equally stylish presentation tin. This whisky is matured in a combo of European sherry seasoned casks, American sherry seasoned…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask (with Presentation Tin)

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.3%

Another independent bottling of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Once again, they've picked an absolutely stunning 29 year old whisky from the Speyside-based distillery,…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 7021) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 49.4%

A 2017 release from Macallan's storied Fine & Rare collection, featuring 25 year old single malt distilled in 1991 and aged in cask #7021, a Sherry puncheon from the Vasyma cooperage. It was bottled…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 7021) - Fine & Rare

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask (with Presentation Tin)

70cl, 40%

A 12 year old single malt from the excellent Macallan distillery released for the Double Cask series, which sees whisky from Oloroso sherry seasoned American and European oak casks combine to create…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask (with Presentation Tin)

Macallan 20 Year Old 1988 (cask 4936) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.9%

20 year old single malt from Macallan, aged in a single hogshead from May 1988 to October 2008. 310 bottles were produced as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1988 (cask 4936) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
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$60.58

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1969

75cl, 43%

Another rare bottling of 18 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, which was distilled all the way back in 1969 - the same year that The Who released Tommy. A good year... This bottle…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1969

Macallan 29 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.6%

Single cask Macallan single malt, aged for 29 years and independently bottled by your friends here at Master of Malt. After maturing in a single bourbon hogshead from January 1989 to April 2018, this…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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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

The Macallan M Black

70cl, 45%

A very special release from Macallan, which looks to have combined elements from The Macallan M and The Macallan Rare Cask Black, resulting in The Macallan M Black (it's a bit like in The Fly when…  More info

The Macallan M Black
$5,467.95

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%

A 10 year old from the Macallan matured in sherry casks. Macallan uses only Golden Promise barley, and actually use up 90% of the annual crop of Golden Promise in Scotland!  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak
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The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

The first bottling of The Macallan Rare Cask since the distillery changed up how it would be releasing this expression. The Rare Cask will now be released in a series of small batches each year…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2018 Release)
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The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

75cl, 40%

An older style bottling of Macallan 10 Year Old single malt, matured exclusively in sherry casks for those whole decade. A very coveted piece for Macallan enthusiasts and whisky collectors…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

The Macallan 100 Queen Street Bottling

70cl, 40%

A collectible bottling of Macallan single malt, released by the distillery's owner Edrington to celebrate the move to 100 Queen Street in Glasgow as the company's new global headquarters. This…  More info

The Macallan 100 Queen Street Bottling

The Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s - Edition 1

70cl, 40%

A earlier edition of The Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s. Selected by former Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin, this edition comes in the old-school Macallan bottle shape, compared…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Speaker Martin’s - Edition 1

The Macallan Select Oak 1l

100cl, 40%

From Macallan's Travel Retail Range - The 1824 Collection - comes this lovely whisky aged in American oak seasoned with either sherry or bourbon, and first fill European oak sherry casks. Delightful.  More info

The Macallan Select Oak 1l
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$72.91

Macallan 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.7%

Another astonishing indie bottling of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This one is a 26 year old expression, with a much more pronounced bourbon-cask-influenced flavour…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.8%

Released for the travel retail market, The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition was crafted by Bob Dalgarno, Macallan's distillery manager, using whisky drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
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$89.56

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