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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 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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$404.07

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43%

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
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The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

Part of the super-popular Sherry Oak range from The Macallan Distillery, this 25 Year Old Sherry Oak was matured exclusively in hand-picked, sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. As you would…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak (2018 Release)
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The Macallan Concept No.1 2018

70cl, 40%

A bright and funky limited edition bottling of The Macallan, Concept No.1 is the first in the series released for the Travel Retail market, inspired by surreal art. The single malt is crafted from…  More info

The Macallan Concept No.1 2018
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Elegancia

100cl, 40%

A bottle of The Macallan 12 Year Old Elegancia, an older Travel Retail release from the Speyside-based distillery. Features whisky aged in both Oloroso sherry and Fino sherry casks. This bottle…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Elegancia
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The Macallan 15 Year Old Gran Reserva (2017 Release)

70cl, 43%

The 2017 release of Macallan Gran Reserva single malt features whisky matured predominantly in first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks, selected by the distillery's Master of Wood. The whisky…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old Gran Reserva (2017 Release)
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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak (with Presentation Tin)

70cl, 40%

If you fancy picking up a bottle of Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak but don't want it to be exposed to the elements, we've got just a thing - this limited edition release of the sherried Speyside…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak (with Presentation Tin)
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The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Macallan 30 Year Old was matured in Spanish oak casks which were handmade and seasoned with sherry in Jerez, Spain.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak
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Macallan 29 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.6%

Single cask Macallan single malt, aged for 29 years and independently bottled by your friends here at Master of Malt. After maturing in a single bourbon hogshead from January 1989 to April 2018, this…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2018 Release)

70cl, 43%

The first bottling of The Macallan Rare Cask since the distillery changed up how it would be releasing this expression. The Rare Cask will now be released in a series of small batches each year…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask - Batch No.1 (2018 Release)
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Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.5%

30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. An incredibly well-Sherried Macallan to say the least. Those curiously…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 43%

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release
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The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
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Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Another release from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, which is the home to many, many independently bottled Macallan single malts. This particular bottling was distilled in 2007 and bottled at 43%…  More info

Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$45.18

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2017 Release

70cl, 43%

Macallan's yearly 18 year old releases have become very popular among lovers of splendid Speyside whiskies. 18 years maturing in Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain, imparts masses of fruity, Sherried…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2017 Release
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52%

Oh boy, it's not just an Old Particular, it's an Extra or 'Xtra' Old Particular! An XOP, if you will, from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Distilled in August 1990 then matured for over 25 years…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.8%

Single cask Macallan single malt, bottled as part of the Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. This was matured in a single Sherry butt for 31 years, from March 1985 to September 2016,…  More info

Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
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Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva (70cl)

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 (70cl)
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Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.4%

An exquisite 25 year old Macallan single malt! This luxurious Speyside whisky was filled into a single refill Sherry hogshead on Monday 9th April 1990, emerging like a butterfly on 17th December 2015…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Macallan 1995 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 1995 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Speymalt range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2014. A gorgeous range, showing off many vintage of gorgeous Macallan whisky - what a treat!  More info

Macallan 1995 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 17748) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.3%

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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Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2111) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 48.4%

43 year old Macallan single malt, matured in a cream Sherry butt, which must have been quite an active cask as it has imparted a wealth of colour and flavour to the whisky. It was distilled all the…  More info

Macallan 43 Year Old 1965 (cask 2111) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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Macallan 1861 Replica

70cl, 42.7%

This rare bottling was the second release in Macallan's 'Replica' series, produced in 2001. An awesome piece for collectors, whisky historians and antiques enthusiasts. Please be aware: The…  More info

Macallan 1861 Replica
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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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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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