The Macallan is the world’s most precious single malt whisky. The unique decanter The Macallan 64yo in Lalique Cire Perdue sold for US$460,000 at auction with all proceeds going to charity: water. The most expensive whisky ever sold.
The range has been matured exclusively in Sherry Oak casks and is distinctive, bold, rich and sensuous. For many years it has been sought after and savoured by discerning whisky lovers in the world’s finest hotels, bars and restaurants.
In August 2004, the most ambitious initiative in the brand’s illustrious history was revealed, the launch of a new and exciting addition to the portfolio – The Macallan Fine Oak.
Today, The Macallan is part of the Edrington Group. The origins of the Group, today one of the largest companies in the Scotch whisky industry, stretch back to the mid-nineteenth century when the company was founded in Glasgow by the Robertson family. Edrington continues to operate with the Robertson family values of Integrity, Independence, Involvement and Innovation. The Robertson family was also responsible for founding Highland Distillers back in 1887 and in autumn 1999, Edrington acquired Highland along with its powerful brands The Famous Grouse, The Macallan and Highland Park. These are distributed throughout the world through a series of distribution networks and partnerships.
The Six Pillars combine to make The Macallan unique:
The Spiritual Home – Easter Elchies House was built in 1700 high above the river Spey. The Jacobean house has been at the centre of The Macallan estate ever since. Today they welcome guests from all over the world to experience the friendly hospitality.
Curiously Small Stills – The Macallan’s stills are the smallest on Speyside. They give the spirit the rich, fruity, full-bodied flavours and viscose feel so characteristic of The Macallan.
The Finest Cut – Only 16% of the distilled spirit actually makes it into the cask. It is the best of the distillation that is taken at 72% ABV and already is distinctly full of flavour and character.
Exceptional Oak Casks – The single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality of The Macallan. They spend more than any other whisky on our oak casks and believe that as much as 60% of the flavour and character comes from the wood. When the new make spirit interacts with the oak casks it imparts the rich and natural diversity of colour throughout the range of The Macallan.
Natural Colour – They rely entirely on the natural colour resulting from the spirit interacting with the wood of the casks and use absolutely no caramel colouring. It is Bob Dalgarno and his team’s experience that creates the varied yet consistent colour pallet of The Macallan.
Peerless Spirit – The brand’s Whisky Maker and his team keep a watchful eye on the slumbering casks, selecting the moment when each cask is at the peak of maturity and perfect for bottling. Their knowledge, experience and skill combine to create the whisky that is known as the world’s most precious whisky.