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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 - 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)
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Macallan 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%

This sixteen year old Macallan was bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range at 54.8% abv without chill-filtration. Macallan remains one of the best selling single malts, however independent…  More info

Macallan 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
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Macallan - Sir Peter Blake

Pop art legend, Sir Peter Blake, has had his 80th birthday commemorated in absolute style with this limited edition art piece that brings you whisky from eight decades since the 1930’s. The 5cl…  More info

Macallan - Sir Peter Blake
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Macallan 18 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%

An 18 year old from the legendary Speyside distillery, Macallan. This was bottled for Alchemist with no chill filtration or added colouring.  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old (Alchemist)
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The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)

75cl, 43%

The Macallan 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt is a very rare bottling which shows off Macallan single malt in a well-matured, superbly Sherried fashion. This fantastic whisky comes in a handsome wooden…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)
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The Macallan in Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection

70cl, 46.3%

Our charity auction has now ended. Read more over on the blog. Also known as Macallan in Lalique VI, this is the final release in Macallan's extraordinary Six Pillars Collection started back in…  More info

The Macallan in Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection
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The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak - 2017 Release

70cl, 44%

Sitting right at the top of Macallan's Sherry Oak range is the Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak 2017 Release. Drawn from three sherry-seasoned casks (one European oak butt, one American oak butt and…  More info

The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak - 2017 Release
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The Macallan 1841 Replica

70cl, 41.7%

A replica of a bottle of Macallan from 1841, drink it and imagine you were there in those heady times - this was actually the year that Sir Richard Owen coined the term "dinosaur". The whisky in this…  More info

The Macallan 1841 Replica
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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

The Macallan Estate Reserve
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$262.97

The Macallan 1876 Replica

70cl, 40.6%

This is a very collectible bottle of Macallan single malt, presented in a replica of the bottles Macallan used all the way back in 1876! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

The Macallan 1876 Replica
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The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
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The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L)

100cl, 58.1%

This is a collectible bottling of Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength, a heavily sherried and full-bodied expression which has sadly been discontinued. Intense stuff, this. This bottle was part of…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength (1L)
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The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

An 18 year old single malt, joining Macallan's Fine Oak range. The series shows off a deft balance between juicy Sherried notes and vanilla/citrus rich bourbon oak elements.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak
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$210.33

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

A stylish gift pack from one of Speyside's most well-known residents - Macallan. It contains a 70cl bottle of the Gold expression from their 1824 Series, along with two branded glasses.  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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$47.59

Macallan 29 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.5%

Another batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The second batch to carry an age statement - a full 29 years on this occasion - the label once again features the…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

A rare, well aged whisky from The Macallan Fine Oak Range. This 30 year old Speyside was matured in a mix of specially selected European and American oak casks.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak
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$1,678.77

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

An independent bottling of 1998 vintage Macallan single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's extensive Speymalt series. This was bottled at 43% ABV in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Macallan 25 Year Old - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%

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 - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1996 Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%

Another year, another greatly anticipated 18 year old Macallan single malt matured in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. This is the 1996 vintage and it's just as gorgeous as previous bottlings.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1996 Sherry Oak
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The Macallan Director's Edition The 1700 Series

70cl, 40%

A prestigious and highly sought Macallan, created in partnership with The Whisky Shop, expect oodles of complexity and character.  More info

The Macallan Director's Edition The 1700 Series
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Macallan The Skyline - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)

70cl, 56.5%

Only 245 bottles of this Macallan were produced for this edition of the Annie Leibovitz Masters of Photography range featuring the actor Kevin McKidd.  More info

Macallan The Skyline - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1994 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 18 Year Old 1994 Sherry Oak
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Macallan - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 40.9%

This whisky is from the eminent Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan are well-regarded for producing exceptional and award-winning whisky - so it was hardly a surprise that ‘That Boutique-y…  More info

Macallan - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Macallan 1971 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Macallan in 1971, before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail  More info

Macallan 1971 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Macallan 33 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.2%

A super rare, super exclusive Macallan from the Old and Rare Platinum range. This was distilled in May 1977 and aged for 33 years in a refill hogshead and a red wine cask! This was bottled in July…  More info

Macallan 33 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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