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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 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 49.1%

19 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Cask Collection range by A. D. Rattray. This one has been matured in a bourbon cask from October 1995 to September 2015, and was then…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

The Macallan Rare Cask

70cl, 43%

The Macallan Rare Cask single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the UK in mid 2015, after being launched in the US in late 2014. It's comprised of whiskies drawn from 16 different Sherry cask…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%

The 12 year old expression from The Macallan Fine Oak Range, matured in a selection of American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, as well as American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
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The Macallan 1963 - Special Selection (75.7cl)

76cl, 43%

A 1963 vintage single malt from the Macallan distillery, matured in sherry casks and released under the Special Selection name. From this position of a person in the 2000s, you can't really fault…  More info

The Macallan 1963 - Special Selection (75.7cl)

Macallan - As We Get It

70cl, 58.8%

A bottling of cask strength Macallan, bottled by J.G. Thompson & Co. as part of the As We Get It range (before the range started being bottled by Ian Macleod, as it is these days). Very cool stuff,…  More info

Macallan - As We Get It

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

An 18 year old single malt, joining Macallan's Fine Oak range. The series shows off a deft balance between juicy Sherried notes and vanilla/citrus rich bourbon oak elements.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak
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$202.59

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

50cl, 46.5%

30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. An incredibly well-Sherried Macallan to say the least. Those curiously…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1972

75cl, 43%

A 1972 vintage single malt from the ever-impressive Macallan distillery, matured for 18 years in sherry oak casks before being bottled in 1990. These bottlings are rare and highly collectible…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1972

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1973

75cl, 43%

This is the 1973 vintage single malt from Macallan, which was allowed to age in sherry casks for 18 years before being bottled in 1991. Very collectible, not simply because it was distilled the same…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1973

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 43%

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%

25 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky - yum! This was distilled by Macallan in May 1990 and allowed to matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, until January 2016. It…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

A stylish gift pack from one of Speyside's most well-known residents - Macallan. It contains a 70cl bottle of the Gold expression from their 1824 Series, along with two branded glasses.  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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$45.84

Macallan 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 16/12093) - Skene Reserve (Skene Whisky)

70cl, 42.4%

Single cask Macallan, independently (and handsomely) bottled by Skene Whisky as part of their Skene Reserve range - aptly reserved for rare and exciting whiskies. This indeed fits that description.…  More info

Macallan 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 16/12093) - Skene Reserve  (Skene Whisky)

Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

A handsome gift set from Macallan, containing a bottle of their 12 Year Old Sherry Oak (a much-loved expression drawn exclusively from Sherry oak casks) and a pair of branded glasses. Who wouldn't…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
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The Macallan 25 Year Old Fine Oak (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

A rare bottling of 25 year old Macallan single malt, drawn from a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, then bottled as part of their Fine Oak series. Please note: The box has a few marks of…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Fine Oak (Old Bottling)

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
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$80.85

Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Locomotive Label)

70cl, 42.8%

Trains are wonderful inventions, so it's only fair that a locomotive features on one of the Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition Classic Travel Range labels. These labels were designed by British…  More info

Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Locomotive Label)
$104.31

The Macallan Edition No.3

70cl, 48.3%

The third release in The Macallan's wood-focused Edition series saw master perfumer Roja Dove and master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno create a whisky using their very particular sets of skills. Dove…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.3
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Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Ocean Liner Label)

70cl, 42.8%

A release from the Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition Classic Travel Range, which shows off stylish designs by British photographer Nick Veasey of various forms of transport from yesteryear on the…  More info

Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Ocean Liner Label)
$104.31

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.8%

Independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range, this single cask Macallan was matured for 21 years. It was distilled in October 1992 and left to age in a Sherry cask until September 2014,…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice

Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Another release from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, which is the home to many, many independently bottled Macallan single malts. This particular bottling was distilled in 2007 and bottled at 43%…  More info

Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$43.52

Macallan 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 7663) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 56.4%

Càrn Mòr's Celebration of the Cask Black Gold indie bottling series boasts a selection of very well-sherried whiskies - and they has proved very popular indeed! This edition from the range is a 19…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 7663) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

The Macallan Forties

50cl, 40%

Part of a series launched for the Travel Retail market by Macallan in the late 1990s/early 2000s, this expression was created to reflect the flavours of their whiskies produced in the 1940s. A…  More info

The Macallan Forties

The Macallan Oscuro (Old Bottling)

70cl, 46.5%

Would you look at this - it's Macallan's Oscuro expression before it had its snazzy redesign in 2015! This expression was originally released for the Travel Retail market, and is made with whisky…  More info

The Macallan Oscuro (Old Bottling)
$704.18

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