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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 20 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A single cask Macallan. This 20 year old was aged in a refill hogshead and finished in a wine barrel. An outturn of 274 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing in October 2008.  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 20 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.70%

20 year old Macallan. This was distilled at the Macallan distillery in 1989 and aged in bourbon casks, before it was finished in Amarone casks and bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009 as…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Macallan 20 Year Old 1989 60th Anniversary - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.30%

A release of just 199 bottles, this was distilled in 1989 at the Macallan distillery, and it was bottled in 2010 by Douglas Laing to commemorate their 60 years from 1949 to 2009. This was finished…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1989 60th Anniversary - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 20 Year Old 1990 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53%

A tasty old Macallan this, and a great representative of the distillery's unmistakable full-bodied character.  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1990 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$187.32

Macallan 20 Year Old 1991 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.60%

Distilled in 1991 at Macallan, this was aged in top quality bourbon barrels. It was taken to Bruichladdich by Murray McDavid, and it was bottled in 2011. There are 865 bottles of this, and it's a…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1991 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Macallan 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9449) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A super-rare 20 year old Macallan from Douglas Laing. Released (unusually) under the Old Malt Cask label with an outturn of just 131 bottles.  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9449) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$127.48

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)
$141.81

Macallan 2005 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

From Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range of independently bottled Macallan single malts comes... Well, a Macallan single malt! It was distilled in 2005 and matured in oak until 2014, when it was…  More info

Macallan 2005 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$40.05

Macallan 21 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%

A 21 year old Macallan from the Alchemist range. The range was created by Gordon Wright, who learned all about the art of good spirits whilst working for his family's distillery - Springbank, for 15…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old (Alchemist)

Macallan 21 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.90%

A single cask from Macallan. This was distilled on the 25th May 1988 and matured for 21 years in hogshead number 4947 before bottling on the 19th January 2010. A release of 292 bottles, at cask…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Macallan 21 Year Old 1990 - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.70%

A delicious single cask Macallan, distilled in 1990 and aged for 21 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in August of 2011 for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range.  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1990 - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$158.64

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

70cl, 50.80%

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
$272.85

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)
$216.18

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)
$181.01

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)
$214.45

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.80%

From Hunter Laing's Old & rare Platinum range comes a 21 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, presented at 54.8% ABV. This single malt was distilled back in June 1993 and set aside to mature…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$413.29

Macallan 21 Years Old 1991 (cask 8972) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.70%

This Macallan has been bottled at twenty-one years of age and at cask strength by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut range.  More info

Macallan 21 Years Old 1991 (cask 8972) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$144.33

Macallan 22 Year Old 1988 Cask 4952 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.80%

22 year old Macallan matured in a hogshead. This was distilled on the 25th May 2010 and bottled on the 14th July 2010. A release of 275 bottles at cask strength.  More info

Macallan 22 Year Old 1988 Cask 4952 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Macallan 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2397) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.60%

A delicious single cask Macallan, distilled on the 12th February 1990 and aged in cask 2397 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2012 for the MacKillop's Choice range. Each bottle is…  More info

Macallan 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2397) - Mackillop's Choice

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 17748) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.30%

A Gleann Mór bottling of 24 year old Macallan single malt! Matured in a single cask (cask number #17748, since you asked) from September 1989 to May 2014, this scrumptious Speysider has taken on…  More info

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 17748) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
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$468.46

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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Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.80%

A fifth batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, only this time with an age statement! This is part of the April 2016 relaunch that will see all new Boutique-y bottlings…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$548.87

Macallan 25 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A single cask Macallan. This was distilled in June 1979 and matured for 25 years in refill hogshead number 1792 before bottling in May 2005 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. Part of a…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 25 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This is a very rare bottle of Macallan from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in June 1979 before a 25 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled in May 2005 and…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$231.42

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)
$491.12

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