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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 15 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%

An exceptional 15 year old from The Macallan. This was matured in a mix of sherry and bourbon, one of the best from the Macallan Fine Oak Range..  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak
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Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Plane Label)

70cl, 42.8%

A pretty fly bottling from the Macallan Classic Travel Range (as you can probably guess from that name, this was originally released for the Travel Retail market). It's a bottle of their Whisky…  More info

Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition - Classic Travel Range (Plane Label)
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The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%

This 10 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
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Macallan 18 Year Old - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This Macallan was bottled by Murray McDavid (of Bruichladdich fame) for their Alchemist range.  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old  - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)
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The Macallan in Lalique Natural Colour 55 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection

70cl, 40.1%

This has become legendary! A beautifully presented single malt, aged for an astonishing 55 years. For this, Macallan teamed up with French crystal makers Lalique who crafted the stunning decanter…  More info

The Macallan in Lalique Natural Colour 55 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection
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Macallan 21 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%

A single cask from Macallan. This was distilled on the 25th May 1988 and matured for 21 years in hogshead number 4947 before bottling on the 19th January 2010. A release of 292 bottles, at cask…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
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The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1974

70cl, 43%

A bottle of Macallan single malt, distilled in 1974 and bottled at 18 years of age. Coincidentally, 1974 was also the year that Macallan bumped up its number of stills to 18. At least, we hope it was…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1974
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The Macallan Aera

70cl, 40%

Originally released for the Taiwanese market, this is Macallan Aera, a no age statement single malt matured in predominantly in sherry-seasoned oak casks. After its maturation, it was bottled up at…  More info

The Macallan Aera
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Macallan 28 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 44.3%

We've got our hands on another excellent single malt from the Macallan Distillery to bottle as part of our Single Cask Series! This particular whisky was distilled back in January 1990 and left to…  More info

Macallan 28 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,389.06

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

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask - Lunar New Year 2020 Twin Pack

140cl, 40%

Behold, a limited edition twin pack of The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask, released to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020, the Year of the Rat! The whisky itself is drawn from a combination of…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask - Lunar New Year 2020 Twin Pack
$126.23

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

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,630.89

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

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)

The Macallan 15 Year Old 2002 - Exceptional Single Cask (2018 Release)

70cl, 60%

It's another wonderful Exceptional Single Cask release from Macallan! This single malt was distilled in September 2002 and left in a single European oak sherry puncheon for the next 15 years. In…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 2002 - Exceptional Single Cask (2018 Release)
$1,888.98

The Macallan M Black

70cl, 45%

A very special release from Macallan, which looks to have combined elements from The Macallan M and The Macallan Rare Cask Black, resulting in The Macallan M Black (it's a bit like in The Fly when…  More info

The Macallan M Black
$5,682.74

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

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2020 Release)

70cl, 43%

Say hello to the 2020 Release of the wonderful 18 Year Old Sherry Oak from Macallan! As you may know, like all of the distillery's Sherry Oak releases, it's matured in hand-picked sherry-seasoned oak…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (2020 Release)
$310.44

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)
$894.45

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

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 13/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 48%

An impressive 25 Year Old Macallan, distilled back in 1993! The single malt was matured in a single hogshead for the majority of its ageing, though was transferred to a single sherry butt for the…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 13/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
$1,341.76

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak (2019 Release)

70cl, 43%

Brand new to the distillery's Sherry Oak range comes the magnificent 30 Year Old Sherry Oak from The Macallan for 2019. As you've probably guessed, the single malt spent its entire three decades of…  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak (2019 Release)
$2,315.18

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