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

70cl, 42.8%

A pretty fly bottling from the Macallan Classic Travel Range (as you can probably guess from that name, this was originally released for the Travel Retail market). It's a bottle of their Whisky…  More info

Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Plane Label)
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$110.31

SMWS 24.87 20 Year Old 1985

70cl, 55.4%

A bottling of 20 year old Macallan single malt, distilled in April 1985 and bottled in September 2005 by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This one was given the name 'Do Look Now', which is apt, as…  More info

SMWS 24.87 20 Year Old 1985
$1,339.43

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)
$1,285.85

The Macallan 10 Year Old 100° Proof - 1980s

75cl, 57%

A rare 1980s bottling of 10 year old Macallan single malt, interestingly bottled at 100° proof (which is 57% ABV, if you're unfamiliar with obsolete measurements for alcoholic strength). This…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old 100° Proof - 1980s
$2,410.97

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
$1,066.19

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
$1,285.85

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%

A Sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
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$73.88
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%

Macallan's Triple Cask range was launched in 2018, taking the place of the Fine Oak range. This is the entry level expression from the series, matured for 12 years and drawn from a combination of…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask
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$58.88

The Macallan 15 Year Old Gran Reserva (2017 Release)

70cl, 43%

The 2017 release of Macallan Gran Reserva single malt features whisky matured predominantly in first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks, selected by the distillery's Master of Wood. The whisky…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old Gran Reserva (2017 Release)
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$2,137.73

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
$107.10

The Macallan 17 Year Old 1965 - Special Selection

75cl, 43%

Rare Macallan single malt distilled in 1965 before a 17 year maturation (in sherry casks, of course). It was bottled in 1983 but as only full years in the cask are counted, it is still only a 17 year…  More info

The Macallan 17 Year Old 1965  - Special Selection
$5,352.35

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1966

75cl, 43%

In a time long ago (1966, specifically), this whisky was distilled by Macallan. 18 years later, the whisky escaped from its sherry cask slumber lair and was decanted into a bottle, where it has…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1966
$5,352.35

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)
$4,821.94

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1967

75cl, 43%

The Macallan distillery has long had a penchant for releasing 18 year old single malt matured in sherry casks and labelled with the year of distillation intact. Whisky enthusiasts have a penchant for…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1967
$4,554.06

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1968

75cl, 43%

An 18 year old single malt from Macallan, distilled all the way back in 1968 and matured exclusively in sherry oak casks. These bottlings are very rare indeed, and highly sought after by whisky…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1968
$4,554.06

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
$4,554.06

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1970

75cl, 43%

A 1970 vintage 18 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, fully matured in sherry oak casks. This long-running series of 18 year old whiskies from the distillery in Speyside continued for…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1970
$4,280.81

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1971

75cl, 43%

This is a very collectible bottling of Macallan 18 Year Old, distilled in 1971 and matured in sherry casks. 1971 was the year that Led Zeppelin IV was released, making it a very important year indeed.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1971
$4,018.28

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1974

70cl, 43%

A bottle of Macallan single malt, distilled in 1974 and bottled at 18 years of age. Coincidentally, 1974 was also the year that Macallan bumped up its number of stills to 18. At least, we hope it was…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1974
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$3,209.26

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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$3,209.26

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1977

75cl, 43%

This 18 year old Macallan single malt was distilled all the way back in 1977 - the year that the first Star Wars film appeared in cinemas. A good year for whisky and movies, it seems... This…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1977
$3,209.26

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1978

75cl, 43%

Rare single malt from Macallan, produced many moons ago. This 18 year old expression was distilled back in 1978, matured in sherry casks and bottled in 1996. Highly collectible. This bottle was…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1978
$3,209.26

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
$3,209.26

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 sound-after by whisky enthusiasts... Please note:…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1980
$2,571.70

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
$3,102.11

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