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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.

The Macallan Gold Double Cask

70cl, 40%

The Macallan Gold Double Cask is the released edition of The Macallan Gold from the 1824 series, which was discontinued in early 2018 to make way for the Double Cask, Triple Cask Matured and Sherry…  More info

The Macallan Gold Double Cask
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$46.89
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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
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$50.53
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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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$55.64
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The Macallan Quest

70cl, 40%

The Macallan Quest was originally released for the Travel Retail market, and is made with four varieties of cask - bourbon casks, sherry-seasoned European oak casks, sherry-seasoned American oak…  More info

The Macallan Quest
$65.77
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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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$70.78
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The Macallan Quest (1L)

100cl, 40%

The Macallan Quest might sound like some sort of epic journey to throw an evil chime hoop into a massive sherry cask, but it's actually a Travel Retail bottling of Macallan single malt drawn from…  More info

The Macallan Quest (1L)
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$83.00

The Macallan Lumina

70cl, 41.3%

The Macallan Quest range (originally released for the Travel Retail market) features four expressions showing off the many, many miles travelled to sources the casks to mature the Speyside whisky.…  More info

The Macallan Lumina
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$96.09
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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
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$101.21

The Macallan Terra

70cl, 43.8%

The Macallan Terra is part of the Speyside-based distillery's Travel Retail Quest Collection range launched in late 2017. This particular expression is drawn from first-fill sherry seasoned oak…  More info

The Macallan Terra
3
$161.96

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2019 Release)

70cl, 43%

This is the first batch of Macallan Rare Cask single malt released in 2019! In 2018, Macallan started to release its Rare Cask expression in batches, with four batches planned for release in 2019.…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2019 Release)
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$222.77

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

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$227.83
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The Macallan 17 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

The 17 year old edition of Macallan's Fine Oak, showcasing the range of casks in Macallan's extensive warehouses. The Fine Oak expressions are drawn from a trio of cask varieties - American and…  More info

The Macallan 17 Year Old Fine Oak
$253.10
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The Macallan Estate Reserve

70cl, 45.7%

Launched for the travel retail market, this stunning Macallan is made in sherry-seasoned hoggies and is bottled at 80 UK proof. Very tasty stuff from the 1824 Collection.  More info

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$253.15
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The Macallan Enigma

70cl, 44.9%

At the high end of Macallan's Quest Collection (released for the Travel Retail market) sits the Enigma, an expression drawn exclusively from European oak Sherry seasons casks. As you can imagine,…  More info

The Macallan Enigma
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$273.30
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The Macallan Fifties

50cl, 40%

In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Macallan released a series of Travel Retail bottlings based around creating whiskies to reflect flavour profiles from past decades. This particular expression was made…  More info

The Macallan Fifties
$354.40

Macallan 19 Year Old 1998 (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.8%

Single cask Macallan single malt, independently bottled for the marvellous Mackillop's Choice range. This was aged in a single bourbon cask from February 1998 to September 2017, before being bottled…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1998 (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice
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$388.97
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The Macallan Rare Cask Black

70cl, 48%

Smoky Macallan?! Yes indeed friends, such a thing exists! Macallan Rare Cask Black was made from a marriage of less than 100 casks, resulting in an expression that shows off a fascinating combination…  More info

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$399.84
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The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%

A 1990s edition of the wonderful Macallan 10 Year Old - a classic Speyside whisky with a gracefully charming character. A collector's piece for sure! This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s
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$602.49

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1993 Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Some collectible sherried awesomeness from Macallan, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and matured for an entire 18 years in sherry casks. It's full of everything you love about Macallan and…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1993 Sherry Oak
$602.49

Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8904) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Macallan single malt from many moons ago. This single malt from the revered distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1975 and matured in cask #8904 until it was bottled for the…  More info

Macallan 20 Year Old 1975 (cask 8904) - First Cask
$607.55

Macallan-Glenlivet - As We Get It (75cl)

75cl, 59.7%

A 75cl bottling of Macallan single malt (listed with the '-Glenlivet' suffix, as was the style back in the day), bottled at cask strength for the As We Get It series. A very cool collectible bottle.  More info

Macallan-Glenlivet - As We Get It (75cl)
$658.18

The Macallan 7 Year Old - Armando Giovinetti Special Selection

70cl, 40%

A very special 7 year old Macallan (!) bottled for Giovinetti and Figli Milano - Italian wine importers and distributors. A very rare, and incredibly unusual whisky! This bottle was part of a…  More info

The Macallan 7 Year Old - Armando Giovinetti Special Selection
$759.44

Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

50cl, 47.3%

Independently bottled 26 year old Macallan single malt, finished in a specially coopered sherry casks which previously held Moscatel sherry! Macallan's whiskies are well-known for their intensely…  More info

Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish
$773.56
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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
$810.07

Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 40.2%

Wonderfully well-aged single malt from one of Speyside's most famous distilleries - Macallan! This is a 28 year old expression from Macallan, which has been independently bottled by That Boutique-y…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$860.65
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