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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 1938 (bottled 1980s) - Gordon & MacPhail

75cl, 43%

Ever wondered what the whisky from Macallan distilled before the 1940s tasted like? We definitely have, and we're certain a few of you have done so too. Well, here's you chance to find out - this is…  More info

Macallan 1938 (bottled 1980s) - Gordon & MacPhail
$18,811.37

Macallan 2005 (bottled 2019) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Here we have Gordon & MacPhail's 2019 bottling of its wonderful Speymalt range! The Macallan single malt was distilled in 2005, and matured in sherry casks until 2019. Then, the wonderful Gordon &…  More info

Macallan 2005 (bottled 2019) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$78.35

Macallan 25 Year Old 1962 - Anniversary Malt

75cl, 43%

This impressive Macallan was distilled all the way back in 1962 and, in true Macallan style, was left to mature exclusively in sherry casks for a quarter of a century. Fun fact: when the whisky was…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1962 - Anniversary Malt
$6,266.97

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 13082) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.6%

A very impressive bottling of Macallan, distilled all the way back in 1993! The single malt then spent an entire quarter of a decade in a refill hogshead. We're sure it had a lovely time, though at…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 13082) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,202.17

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 49.2%

Indie bottler North Star Spirits have done it again with this 25 year old bottling of Macallan, released as part of the Cask Series 007. Distilled in 1993, it then spent its days (or years, rather)…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits
$1,562.82

Macallan 26 Year Old 1993 - Goldfinch

70cl, 40.8%

This impressive Macallan has seen over a quarter of a century of maturation! Distilled back in June 1993, it was left to age in American oak for most of its days, though it also saw a finish in a…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old 1993 - Goldfinch
$1,249.21

Macallan 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40.2%

Single cask single malt from the highly-regarded Macallan Distillery, independently bottled by our very own hands! This whisky was distilled back in September 1989 and left to mature in a sherry…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,385.06
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Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.6%

Yet another extraordinarily delicious Macallan single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! For batch 20 (doesn't time fly?!), the Boutique-y bunch has bottled by a brilliant…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,149.86
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Macallan 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 15636) - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A wonderful Macallan single malt, distilled all the way back in May 1989, when Bon Jovi was ruling the music charts. What a time. The Speysider was whacked into a single refill hogshead, where it…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 15636) - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$4,176.24

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

50cl, 47.2%

We have another That Boutique-y Whisky Company independent bottling of well-aged whisky from the legendary Speyside-based distillery, Macallan! This is terribly exciting news because this edition was…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,568

The Macallan 10 Year Old - Whisky Magazine 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.4%

A rare bottle of Macallan 10 Year Old, originally released in celebration of Whisky magazine's 10th anniversary! Very collectible for whisky, Whisky Magazine and magazine enthusiasts alike. Only 300…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - Whisky Magazine 10th Anniversary Bottling
$3,658.79

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 40%

An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
36
$54.30

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%

Released as part of Macallan’s ever-wonderful Sherry Oak range comes this 12 Year Old. It has spent its entire maturation in sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez, and is bottled at 40% ABV after its…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
113
$72.08

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
9
$57.44

The Macallan 15 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 43%

Another stellar addition to the Double Cask range from Macallan, it's a 15 Year Old expression! The single malt spent its years in a combination of American and European oak, both of which were…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old Double Cask
$95.07

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)
$3,653.56

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
1
$5,221.61

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1977

70cl, 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
$3,130.87

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1985

70cl, 43%

A very impressive release from Macallan, this 18 Year Old was put into cask back in 1985. The single malt spent the next 18 years in Oloroso sherry casks until it was bottled at 43% ABV. On the…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1985
$2,613.41

The Macallan 18 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 43%

The Macallan treated this 18 Year Old to not just one, but two cask types for its maturation, released as part of the Double Cask series! Oloroso sherry was used to season a combination of both…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Double Cask
1
$261.29

The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 43%

This 18 year old Macallan single malt sits at the peak of the Triple Cask range (which replaced the Fine Oak range in mid-2018). With maturation taking place in a combination of European sherry…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask
4
$261.34

The Macallan 1964 - Special Selection

75cl, 43%

A very rare bottling of single malt from Macallan, distilled all the way back in 1964 and bottled in 1981 as part of the Special Selection series. Incredibly collectible stuff from the revered…  More info

The Macallan 1964 - Special Selection
$4,176.24

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt

75cl, 43%

A very rare and very special bottle of Macallan. The whisky in the bottle was aged for over 25 years in Sherry casks. A true legend. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt
2
$6,794.89

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2019 Release)

70cl, 43%

Here we have a truly stunning Speysider - it's the impressively sherried 2019 edition of Macallan's 25 Year Old Sherry Oak. It's matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry oak casks from Jerez for a…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2019 Release)
2
$1,568
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The Macallan 48 Year Old 1969 - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%

An extraordinary Macallan single malt bottled by Duncan Taylor for its The Rarest of the Rare Collection - and it is indeed as rare as the name suggests. This one was distilled in 1969 and left to…  More info

The Macallan 48 Year Old 1969 - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)
4
$40,764.07

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