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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”.

Macallan 1966 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their Speymalt range, which shows off a wide variety of Macallan vintages. It was distilled in 1966…  More info

Macallan 1966 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$975.75

Macallan 1980 - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This is a 1980 vintage Speymalt by Gordon and MacPhail from the Macallan distillery.  More info

Macallan 1980 - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$354.32

Macallan The Skyline - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)

70cl, 56.50%

Only 245 bottles of this Macallan were produced for this edition of the Annie Leibovitz Masters of Photography range featuring the actor Kevin McKidd.  More info

Macallan The Skyline - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)
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$1834.85

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10586) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%

Single cask Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing. This sweet, spicy, rather well-oaked Macallan was distilled in June 1993 and left to mature in a single refill hogshead until…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10586) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$212.11

Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2111) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 48.40%

43 year old Macallan single malt, matured in a cream Sherry butt, which must have been quite an active cask as it has imparted a wealth of colour and flavour to the whisky. It was distilled all the…  More info

Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2111) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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$1586.19

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.80%

An independently bottled Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 25 years. It was distilled in February 1990 and set aside to age in a single refill hogshead cask until…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$489.88

Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2114) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.10%

This 43 year old Macallan was distilled on the 27th April 1965 and aged in fino sherry butt number 2114 before bottling on the 2nd June 2008. A release of 484 numbered bottles. At natural cask…  More info

Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2114) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$1623.05

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10463) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%

Oh hello there, lovely indie bottling of 21 year old Macallan whisky. This Speyside single malt was distilled in June 1993 and matured in a single bourbon barrel. It was bottled in August 2014 with…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10463) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$179.04

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10354) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.80%

Independently bottled Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in June 1993 and left to mature in a single barrel (#10354). After 21 years, Douglas Laing deemed this wonderful Speysider worthy…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10354) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$213.82

Macallan 1861 Replica

70cl, 42.70%

This rare bottling was the second release in Macallan's 'Replica' series, produced in 2001. An awesome piece for collectors, whisky historians and antiques enthusiasts. Please be aware: The…  More info

Macallan 1861 Replica
$412.33

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10160) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.20%

This Douglas Laing bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery matured in a single hogshead from May 1988 to December 2013, producing only 117 bottles. Spicy and…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10160) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$485.76

The Macallan Coronation Bottling - In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

70cl, 56.90%

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 Bottling - In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation
$1308.22

Macallan 29 Year Old 1985 (cask 1389) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.70%

A 29 year old Macallan single malt, bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask Black Gold collection. This Sherried beauty was distilled in March 1985 and was left to mature in a single…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old 1985 (cask 1389) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$504.15

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Single cask Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 16 years. It was distilled in the autumnal breeze of October 1997 and bottled in the balmy sun of August 2014 with an…  More info

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$96.65

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)
$4078.81

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.20%

Feast your eyes on this single cask release of 24 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by us here at Master of Malt! The whisky spent all those years in a single sherry…  More info

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Darkness! Macallan 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 52.30%

What happens when you place some delicious Macallan single malt in 50 litre first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks for an additional 3 months? Good things. Good things happen. Even in this short period, the…  More info

Darkness! Macallan 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

Macallan 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 10290) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

20 years in a bourbon barrel was long enough for this Macallan single malt Scotch whisky to properly impress Hunter Laing enough to make it part of the Old Malt Cask range of independently bottles…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 10290) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$140.26

Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva

70cl, 40%

A special release of 18 year old single malt from The Macallan, distilled in 1979 and bottled in 1997. While Macallan is well known for their Sherry cask-matured whiskies, "Sherried" does not even do…  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva
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$1907.84

Macallan Batch 4 - (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 44.30%

It seems there are some perspective tricks afoot on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Macallan Batch 4. Are Macallan's Curiously Small Stills really that small, or is that just a handsome…  More info

Macallan Batch 4 - (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10235) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

Single cask Macallan single malt, matured in a refill hoggie for 16 years (from October 1997 to March 2014) and bottled by Douglas Laing. 360 Old Particular bottles of excellent whisky were produced,…  More info

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10235) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.50

Macallan - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.40%

The third batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Macallan is a rich, malty whisky, featuring a wonderful graphic-novel-style illustration of a handsome giant looking with curiosity at Macallan's…  More info

Macallan - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.40%

What's the best way for Hunter Laing to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask range? With some very special releases of well aged whisky, of course! These commemorative 15th anniversary…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)
$517.42

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9552) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.30%

At the end of April 2013, the co-owners of Douglas Laing, brothers Fred and Stewart, went their separate ways. The company was split with Fred retaining the name Douglas Laing & Co along with ranges…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9552) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$151.86

Macallan 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 725343) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%

Bottled in early 2014, this 17 year old Macallan enjoyed a secondary maturation in a teeny tiny octave cask! These have a much greater surface area to volume ratio - nice work Duncan Taylor!  More info

Macallan 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 725343) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$164.87

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