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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 15 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a very nice single cask Macallan from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was distilled in 1997 and aged for 15 years in a single hogshead (cask 4712) before bottling for the Cooper's Choice…  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Macallan 1990 - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%

This is the 1990 vintage of Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range from Macallan.  More info

Macallan 1990 - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

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

70cl, 50.6%

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

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9458) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 15 year old Macallan from independent bottler Douglas Laing. Matured in a single cask, it was distilled in October 1997 before bottling, at 50% abv, in February 2013 without artificial colouring or…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9458) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

The Macallan 1965 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled in 1965, this Macallan was matured in a first fill sherry butt and bottled under Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt label. Extraordinary stuff.  More info

The Macallan 1965 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

The Macallan 17 Year Old 1965 - Special Selection

75cl, 43%

Distilled in 1965 before a 17 year maturation (in a sherry cask of course), this was released as part of The Macallan's Special Selection range. It was bottled in 1983 but as only full years in the…  More info

The Macallan 17 Year Old 1965  - Special Selection
$1,079.35

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9657) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A very rare 15 year old Macallan presented at 46% abv by Douglas Laing.  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9657) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

The Macallan 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9449) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.9%

A single cask from The Macallan released as part of Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range. Distilled in November 1992, this delightful whisky was bottled in February 2013 after a 20 year maturation in…  More info

The Macallan 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9449) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Macallan - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 41.2%

Macallan is legendary for producing exceptional and award-winning whisky - so it was hardly a surprise that ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ snapped up some of this esteemed whisky and bottled it for…  More info

Macallan - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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)

The Macallan 2003 - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at The Macallan in 2003, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in 2012 under Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt label.  More info

The Macallan 2003 - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

Macallan The Gallery - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)

70cl, 56.6%

The Masters of Photography series from Macallan is inspired by a project involving the renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz photographing actor Kevin McKidd at various locations. This whisky is The…  More info

Macallan The Gallery - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)
$1,735.97

The Macallan 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16050) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.9%

A 22 year old single cask Scotch whisky distilled at The Macallan in 1990. This Speyside whisky was bottled at cask strength by Mackillop's in April 2013.  More info

The Macallan 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16050) - Mackillop's Choice
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The Macallan 1994 18 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

A well-sherried, full-bodied Speyside single malt from The Macallan distillery. The 18 year old was Recommended by Whisky Mag.  More info

The Macallan 1994 18 Year Old Sherry Oak
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$192.32

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 7) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)

35cl, 58.3%

The fourth Masters of Photography project from The Macallan is their biggest yet, featuring 58 different individual single cask whiskies that have been selected by Macallan Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno…  More info

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 7) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)
$1,048.03

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 57) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)

35cl, 60.9%

Print 57 from the fourth Masters of Photography project features a Benbecula beach scene taken by Elliott Erwitt and a handmade 35cl bottle of single cask whisky to match - simple and fresh with sea…  More info

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 57) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)
$1,048.03

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 17) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)

35cl, 56.9%

Macallan have paired 58 single casks whiskies with 58 photos taken by Elliott Erwitt for their fourth Masters of Photography project. Each whisky was chosen to interpret the spirit of each…  More info

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 17) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)
$1,048.03

Macallan 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 725343) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%

Bottled in early 2014, this 17 year old Macallan enjoyed a secondary maturation in a teeny tiny octave cask! These have a much greater surface area to volume ratio - nice work Duncan Taylor!  More info

Macallan 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 725343) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9552) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.3%

At the end of April 2013, the co-owners of Douglas Laing, brothers Fred and Stewart, went their separate ways. The company was split with Fred retaining the name Douglas Laing & Co along with ranges…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9552) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.4%

What's the best way for Hunter Laing to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask range? With some very special releases of well aged whisky, of course! These commemorative 15th anniversary…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

Macallan - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.4%

The third batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Macallan is a rich, malty whisky, featuring a wonderful graphic-novel-style illustration of a handsome giant looking with curiosity at Macallan's…  More info

Macallan - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10235) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Single cask Macallan single malt, matured in a refill hoggie for 16 years (from October 1997 to March 2014) and bottled by Douglas Laing. 360 Old Particular bottles of excellent whisky were produced,…  More info

Macallan 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10235) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Macallan Batch 4 - (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 44.3%

It seems there are some perspective tricks afoot on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Macallan Batch 4. Are Macallan's Curiously Small Stills really that small, or is that just a handsome…  More info

Macallan Batch 4 - (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva

70cl, 40%

A special release of 18 year old single malt from The Macallan, distilled in 1979 and bottled in 1997. While Macallan is well known for their Sherry cask-matured whiskies, "Sherried" does not even do…  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva
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$1,834.03

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)

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