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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 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)
$4,069.11

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
$1,217.16

The Macallan Royal Marriage

70cl, 46.8%

This expression from The Macallan celebrates the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton - aptly, it's marriage of two casks. Handsomely bottled at 46.8% ABV, it comes complete with a…  More info

The Macallan Royal Marriage
$5,092.75

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
$3,564.93

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
$1,522.73

The Macallan Easter Elchies Black (2018 Release)

70cl, 49.2%

This full-bodied and subtly smoky single malt from the famed Macallan distillery was released as part of the Easter Elchies series, a range that honours the iconic Easter Elchies house on the…  More info

The Macallan Easter Elchies Black (2018 Release)
$1,522.73

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 sought-after by whisky enthusiasts... This bottle…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1980
$2,546.37

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
$3,050.55

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
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$5,087.66

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)
$3,559.83

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
$4,069.11

Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8903) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled by First Cask, this is a single cask single malt from Macallan, distilled all the way back in May 1975! After 20 years, it was bottled up at 46% ABV. Collectible stuff for…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8903) - First Cask
$911.60

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
$6,106.20

The Macallan Boutique Collection (2017 Release)

70cl, 56.8%

Here we have the 2017 release of The Macallan Boutique Collection, created exclusively to celebrate the opening of the first ever Macallan Boutique at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It was…  More info

The Macallan Boutique Collection (2017 Release)
$509.23

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1990 Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Behold, the wonderful 1990 vintage of The Macallan's ever-awesome Sherry Oak expression! This one was filled into cask in 1990, left for 18 sherry-tastic years and eventually bottled in 2018. A…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1990 Sherry Oak
$911.60

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)
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$39,718.35

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
$6,620.58

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981

75cl, 43%

A marriage of whiskies distilled in 1948 and 1961, the years that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were born. It was bottled and released in 1981, of course, the year of the Royal wedding. This…  More info

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981
$5,087.66

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)
$10,180.41

The Macallan Private Eye

70cl, 40%

A very rare and collectible bottling of Macallan single malt. This bottling was created back in 1996, honouring the 35th anniversary of the satirical magazine Private Eye. That's certainly one way to…  More info

The Macallan Private Eye
$6,106.20

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee

70cl, 52%

This is a limited edition sherry-matured bottling of Macallan for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and suitably only 2012 bottles were made to commemorate the year. The casks selected were taken from…  More info

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee
$6,620.58

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
$18,328.80

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
$2,541.29

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
$2,546.37

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)
$1,349.53
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