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THE MACALLAN    geen leeftijd vermelding  58,5%      INFO
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY  
'AS WE GET IT'       
PURE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
102o PROOF  58,4 %
J.G. Thomson & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

THE MACALLAN         20 years old 46 %            
VINTAGE 1973
Matured in sherry casks
Distilled 9.7.73
Bottled 12.93
Butt no. 10212
720 Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

THE MACALLAN         25 years old 43 %                
ANNIVERSARY MALT
Distilled: 1966
Bottled: 1992
A Special Bottling of Unblended
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Scotland

THE MACALLAN   19 years old 54,1 %    INFO              
Date Distilled Apr 74
Date Bottled Jan 94
Society Cask No. code 24.25
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

THE MACALLAN  21 years old 54,7 %                 
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled Dec 74
Date Bottled Sept 96
Society Cask No. code 24.33
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

THE MACALLAN   over 11 years old 43%              
MACKILLOP'S CHOICE
Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 9 April 1990
Cask number 26006
Bourbon Barrel
Bottled August 2001
No Chill Filtration
No Caramel added
Iain Mackillop and Co, Ltd, Glasgow

THE MACALLAN   7 years old 40 %            
'Armando Giovinetti'
Special Selection
Exclusively Matured in
Selected Sherry Oak from Jerez
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   10 years old 40%             
Exclusively Matured in
Selected Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

MACALLAN   geen leeftijd vermelding  45%  INFO     
THE 1874 REPLICA
Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Selected by
Whisky Maker F.A. Newlands
Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   geen leeftijd vermelding 42,7     INFO   
1861 REPLICA
RARE RESERVE THE 1861 42,7%
from Macallan Distillery,
Old Highland Malt Whisky,
Guaranteed Pure as from The Distillery,
Bottled by John McWilliam, Wine Mechant,
Craigellachie.

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %   INFO

THE MACALLAN   18 years 43%                
1971
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1989
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %          
1972
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1990
The Macallan Distillery Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %              
1973
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1991
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %              
1974
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1993
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %                  
1976
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1994
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old 43 %                 
1982
Exclusively Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled: 2000
Selected Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   19 years old 43%                 
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 1.5.75
Cask no. 8347
Bottled 6.94
Genummerde flessen
340 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

THE MACALLAN   19 years old 43 %                 
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 8.5.75
Cask no. 8888
Bottled 1.95
Genummerde flessen
252 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

MACALLAN - GLENLIVET 8 years old 46%      INFO            
Distilled June 1989
Cask Ref: M M 7786
Cask Type: Refill Sherry
Bottled March 1998
Murray McDavid Ltd, Glasgow and London

THE MACALLAN   12 years old 43 %                  
Matured in Sherry Wood
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   10 years old 57 %                   
100 PROOF
Matured in Sherry Wood
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   17 years old 43%   
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY              
1964
SPECIAL SELECTION 43 %
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled 1981
Macallan - Glenlivet Ltd, Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   15 years old 43%    INFO             
FIFTEEN YEARS OLD 43 %
Exclusively Matured in Selected
Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
Distilled 1984
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   12 years old 40%        INFO         
ELEGANCIA
Distilled in 1990
Bottled in 2002
A unique elegant Macallan matured in
carefully selected Fino and Oloroso
sherry casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   geen leeftijd vermelding  40%    INFO  
TWENTIES
Racing car motif
A Re-creation of 1920's style Macallan
Bottled: 2000
500 ml Bottles
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN  geen leeftijd vermelding  40%      INFO
THIRTIES
Ocean liner motif
A Re-creation of 1930's style Macallan
Bottled: 2000
500 ml Bottles
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   geen leeftijd vermelding  40%    INFO
FORTIES
Locomotive motif
A Re-creation of 1940's style Macallan
Bottled: 2000
500 ml Bottles
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   geen leeftijd vermelding  40%      INFO
FIFTIES
Airliner motif
A Re-creation of 1950's style Macallan
Bottled: 2000
500 ml Bottles
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN     10 years  old 40 %                   
FINE OAK
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination of
Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN     12 years  old 40 %                  
FINE OAK
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination of
Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN     15 years  old 43 %                    
FINE OAK
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination of
Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   18 years old  43 %                 
FINE OAK
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination
of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN   21 years old 43 %                          
FINE OAK
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination
of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd,  Easter Elchies,   
Craigellachie

THE MACALLAN    25 years old 43 %    INFO            
FINE OAK
LAST  BOTTLE  &  EMPTY
Bottled: 2004
Matured in a Unique Combination of
Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,
Craigellachie
                                                                                                                          

THE  MACALLAN  INFO:                                                                                                                                                                   MASTERS  EDITION   40 %                                                                                                                                                                     FINE  OAK                                                                                                                                                                                                                   TRIPLE  CASK  MATURED                                                                                                                                                                               Highland Single malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                                                                                     Distilled and bottled by                                                                                                                                                                                       The Macallan Distillers Ltd                                                                                                                                                                               Easter Elchies  Craigellachie
                                                                    
MACALLAN  43 %                                  
1 9 8 9
VERY  RARE  PRIVATE  CELLAR
CASK  SELECTION
Distilled 1989
Bottled 2009
Special Edition Scotch Whisky
Forbes Ross & Co.Ltd.
Distillers Rutherglen


   
MACALLAN INFO
VINTAGE  2 0 0 4   
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2004
Bottled 2013
Selected, Produced, Matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin



MACALLAN
VINTAGE  2 0 0 5
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2005
Bottled 2014
Selected, produced, matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
                                              


Highland Malt
Speyside
THE MACALLAN  (1824

Craigellachie, Banffshire. Eigendom van The Macallan Distillers Limited.
De officiële geschiedenis van The Macallan begint in 1824, toen de 38- jarige Alexander Reid een licentie verkreeg om te distilleren.
In de 18e eeuw werd op deze plek al gedistilleerd, het was zoals gebruikelijk toen, een boerderij met als nevenactiviteit het distilleren van de eigen gerst.
In 1841 produceert Alexander Reid met zeven medewerkers 6500 gallons (= 29000 liter) spirit en de whisky werd verkocht in stenen kruiken met een inhoud van 2 tot 8 gallons, in de directe omgeving.
De River Spey loopt langs de achterzijde van het terrein van The Macallan, hier was ook een doorwaadbare plek waar de veedrijvers in vroeger tijden hun vee, op weg van Moray naar de markten in de Lowlands, de rivier lieten oversteken.
Met de veedrijvers verspreidde zich ook de roem van The Macallan.
The Macallan staat op Easter Elchies, en het Elchies House, dat stamt uit ongeveer 1700 is nu het kantoor en de ontvangstruimte.
Alexander Reid stierf op 18 October 1847 en zijn zoon, ook een Alexander nam het bedrijf over, hij stierf op 5 Maart 1858.
De volgende eigenaars waren James Davidson en James Priest. Hun whisky werd verkocht als The Craigellachie Whisky.
James Priest stapte in 1861 uit en in 1868 verkocht James Davidson The Macallan aan James Stuart.
James Stuart wilde, samen met anderen een tweede distilleerderij bouwen, The Glenrothes, maar dat ging niet door vanwege de recessie die er toen heerste in de whiskyindustrie.
Wel bouwde hij in 1883 Glen Spey.
In 1892 wordt Roderick Kemp de eigenaar.
Hij kwam van Talisker op Skye, waarin hij deelgenoot was, maar zich na een diepgaand verschil van mening met de landheer van Skye, over de aanleg van een aanlegsteiger ten behoeve van de distilleerderij, liet uitkopen door zijn compagnon.
Roderick Kemp breidde de distilleerderij uit en het was ook toen dat de naam The Macallan voor het product werd gebruikt.
Kemp stierf in 1909 en een trust van de familie nam het beheer over.
In 1946 werd de trust privé eigendom en ging verder met de naam R. Kemp Macallan - Glenlivet Limited.
The Macallan was lang een whisky die als malt alleen in Schotland werd gedronken, en wel tussen Elgin en Buckie.

De jonge Macallan werd vooral verkocht aan blenders, die het produkt als 'top dressing' gebruikten voor blends als Chivas Regal, Bell's, Famous Grouse, Ballantine's, Cutty Sark, J & B Rare, Lang en Long John.
Rond 1965 nam de leiding van The Macallan het besluit om de totale produktie in sherry-vaten te gaan lageren en meer dan voorheen The Macallan als single malt whisky te gaan verkopen.
Dat besluit had enorme gevolgen, het vereiste veel geld. Geld om de whisky te lageren ge-durende jaren, er moesten lagerpakhuizen worden gebouwd, en heel veel dure sherryvaten.
In 1968 ging The Macallan naar de beurs, afstammelingen van Roderick Kemp, de families Shiach en Harbinson, alle medewerkers en mensen uit de omgeving, maar ook Suntory en Remy Martin werden aandeelhouders.
In 1966 werd naast The Macallan een tweede distilleerderij gebouwd.
De spirit stills hebben een inhoud van 3900 liter, en behoren tot de kleinste van Schotland.
In 1980 kwam de eerste nieuwe stijl The Macallan in de handel.
In 1990 wordt het grootste lagerpakhuis ter wereld in gebruik genomen, kapaciteit 70.000 vaten.
In 1968 verdwijnen de moutvloeren.
Op 11 Juli 1996 nemen Highland Distillers en Suntory gezamelijk The Macallan ovet, Highland Distillers bezat al sinds Januari 1996 26 % en Suntory had in 1986 al 25 % van de aandelen in bezit gekregen.
Nieuwe eigenaar is H.S., een joint venture van Highland Distillers en Suntory.
In Oktober 1999 laat Highland Distillers weten te zijn benaderd over een mogelijk overname bod. De beurswaarde komt uit op 462 miljoen pond sterling (ruim 1,5 miljard gulden).
William Grant & Sons Ltd (van Glenfiddich en The Balvenie Kininvie en de Girvan Grain Distillery) heeft 30 % van het aandelenkapitaal van Highland Distillers gekocht.
70 % van het aandelenkapitaal is in handen van Edrington, de eigenaars van Lang Brothers, Glengoyne, Cutty Sark en 50 % bezitten van Matthew Gloag van Famous Grouse.
Suntory, eigenaars van Morrison's Bowmore, Morrison's Auchentoshan en Morrison's Glen Garioch heeft zijn belang van 25 % in The Macallan verkocht aan William Grant & Sons Ltd en Edrington.
Intussen heeft Highland Distillers, ook de eigenaars van Glenrothes, maar deze malt op de markt brengen via Berry Bros en Rudd, de bottelaars van Cutty Sark, toegestemd om de blend Whyte & Mackay ook te vermarkten via Berry Bros & Rudd, alsmede de single malt whiskies Isle of Jura en Dalmore naast Famous Grouse en The Macallan.
Er staan twee Mash tuns, één van 6.6- en één van 6 ton. De 22 Wash backs hebben een inhoud van elk 35000 liter.

De zeven Wash stills zijn elk groot 12000 liter, en de 14 Spirit stills hebben een inhoud van elk 3900 liter.
The Macallan kan 5.000.000 liter spirit per jaar produceren.
De naam Highland Distillers verdwijnt, de nieuwe naam is The 1887 Group, naar het stich-tings jaar van Highland Distillers.
De distilleerderij kat heet Cyril (2001).
Peter Fairlie, afkomstig van Glenturret, wordt manager, maar wordt weer ontslagen.
The Macallan facts
Owner: H.S. Distillers, Highland Distillers & Suntory
Output: 5,5 million litres
Quantity sold as single malt 70 %
Barley species: Golden Promise
Water source: 4 boreholes
Wood: Sherry butts only

Voorjaar 1999 kregen de Edrington Group en Highland Distillers verschil van mening over het niet of wel aanhouden van de beursnotering.
September 1999 wordt bekend dat Edrington en William Grant & Sons samen Highland Distillers overnemen.
De naam van de nieuwe onderneming luidt: The 1887 Company, wat slaat op het stichtings- jaar van Highland Distillers.
Edrington verkrijgt 70 %-, William Grant & Sons 30 % van de aandelen'^

September 2004
The Macallan brengt een serie whiskies uit genaamd Fine Oak.
De serie bestaat uit:
The Macallan Fine Oak,   8 years old
The Macallan Fine Oak,   10 years old,,
The Macallan Fine Oak,   12 years old,
The Macallan Fine Oak,   15 years old,
The Macallan Fine Oak,   18 years old,
The Macallan Fine Oak,   21 years old,
The Macallan Fine OaK,   25 years old,
The Macallan Fine Oak,   30 years old. i 'J.'

April 2008

Macallan bouwt aan 6 nieuwe lagerpakhuizen en gaat het oude stillhouse met 6 ketels
voor 5 miljoen heropenen

2010

The current range of The Macallan is:

Sherry oak:                                         10, 12, Cask Strenght, 18, 25, 30 years old
Fine oak:                                             10, 12 15, 17, 18, 21, 25, 30 years old
Travel retail:                                       12 years old Elegancia, 10 years Cask Strenght
                                                           1824 Collection = Select Oak, Whisky Maker's
                                                           Edition, Estate Reserve, 1824 Limited Reserve,
                                                           40 years
Distillery exclusives:                          Woodland Estate, Estate Oak
Fine & Rare:           

                                                         Vintages from 1926 - 1976

THE  MACALLAN  

September 2012

THE  1 8 2 4  SERIES:  100 % sherry casks, 100 % natural colour, 100 % Macallan

GOLD,  AMBER,  SIENNA,  RUBY.

GOLD

A burnished gold spirit offering a lemon citrus nose, then orange peel and sweetness
that softens but does't eliminate the zest. A note of vanilla followed more  assertive
by dark chocolate - with lingering floral and light oak notes. Citrus and boiled sweets
dance on the palate, along with hints of ginger and cinnamon, while soft oak tones
reveal toasted apples. The finish is medium sweet, malty and slightly dry.

AMBER

A floral, citrus sweet nose gains presence, commanding a chorus of sweet vanilla notes
over freshly harvested grain. Raisin, sultana and cinnamon look on as toffee apples
and candy floss step into the limelight. On the palat, fresh green apples and lemons
mingle with cinnamon. Ginger notes hover as fruit takes over, with subtle oak lingering
The finale is light to medium, with soft fruits and cereal, slightly dry.

SIENNA

A warm opening with a subtle vanilla nose, persistent yet not overpowering. Orange
arrives, turning zesty and sharp, through tempering green apples add freshness and
balance. Next comes white chocolate truffles, chewy and sumptuous, with elegant oak
notes. Dates, figs and raisins lead the palate then make way for nutmeg and ginger
with a splash of oranges and apples, before vanilla returns. The final fanfare is gentle
smooth and warming.

RUBY

Spanish Oak piques the nose before reluctantly admitting rich, dried fruits and an edge
trickle of treacle. A hesistant sweetness enters, then oak returns, burnished and mature.
On the palate a rush of ginger, nutmeg and resin herald orange, sultana and raisin with
Their restrained but pervasive sweetness. Clove is here and gone, leaving oak the undis-
puted maestro. The finish of this ruby - red spirit is long, lingering and reflective

Distilled at The Macallan Distillery, in Speyside, Scotland. This legendary Single malt is
Triple Cask Matured in a unique complex combination of exceptional oak casks:

European oak casks seasoned with sherry, Smerican oak casks seasoned with sherry and
American oak casks seasoned with Bourbon.

This Triple Cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex Singel Malt matured at The Macallan Distillery.

Distilled at The Macallan Distillery, in Speyside, Scotland. This legendary Single malt is
Triple Cask Matured in a unique complex combination of exceptional oak casks:

European oak casks seasoned with sherry, Smerican oak casks seasoned with sherry and
American oak casks seasoned with Bourbon.

This Triple Cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex Singel Malt matured at The Macallan Distillery.

THE  MACALLAN  1 8 2 4  RANGE

The Macallan 1824 Range is a major change in thought. The age of a whisky has long been
the mark of its value and quality, certainly whisky companies have not been shy in reflec-
ting the price against the age of their stock.

The Macallan 1824 Range concentrates on the confidence in their liquid instead of their
age.

The four colours, Gold, Amber, Sienna and Port are the reflection of Bob Dalgamo's,
whisky maker at the Macallan , of flavor as well as the colour liquid in the bottles.

The Macallan 1824 Range has launched this Range, marketed by colour instead of age,
allowing it to up production to meat demand.

The Macallan has taken the dramatic step of ending the release of the 10, 12, 15 old
single malt whiskies which are sold much of its 700.000 cases sold every year.

Removing age statements will allow to blend the casks from different years as a distillery
face a shortage of stock of a specific age because demand has outstripped the quantity
planned to be produced a long time ago.

Bob Delgamo:  this move would allow us to make a more flexible approach in our production., using colour to drive and define a whisky differs dramatically from the
convential age approach, thus allowing us to explore different casks with the full range
of matured stocks available, rather than working tp a predetermined character based
on age .For me, the key thought in this range is that a great single malt does't need to
be 30 years to taste like a 30- year old.

The Macallan has remained tight - lipped about the ages of each release in the new series,
but industry experts said The Macallan is unlikely to use anything younger than 8 year old
whiskies.

Experts explained that, for example, 9 and 11 year whiskies, not yet ready for release under
the 10 and 12 year old brands, could now be blended together to produce the 'entry - level'
Gold whisky immediately.

With the Ruby line - which some believe is based on the high - end 18 year old The Macallan
it is possible to use a good 17 year old.

And Ken Grier, director of Malts at Edrington, owner of The Macallan says: The 1824 Series
has resulted in us veing able to use casks when they are ready, as not all whiskies benefit
from being left to get older, some mature earlier, much like some people.

And also: The ability to continue to meet demand and ensure quality has become a struggle
for many distilleries and there are genuine concerns about wheter there will be enough
stock in five to ten years.

THE  MACALLAN  1 8 2 4

And: as a result this is one of the most observed whisky launches, as The Macallan is a big
name and every one in the industry is waiting to see what happens when this range hits the
market.

And Arthur Morley, The Macallan's purchasing director warned that the failure to keep up with demand will lead to rising retail prices for consumers.

He explains: most distillers have put their prices up recently, particularly in the aged stocks,
A lot og the Glenfiddich range and many of the Islays such as Laphroaig. As a example 18
Months ago The Macallan 18 year old was 75 pound and now is around 130 pound.

There are precedents before of distillers having done this with individual bottles, most notably with The Glenmorangie Signet, but not on this scale. No other distillery has tried
a complete range without an age statement,


THE  PRIVATE  CELLAR  COLLECTION

Colin Forbes and Macpherson  Glen Ross
Renowed and well established Scotch
Whisky brokers acquired, in their opinion
some of the finest single malt distillations
money could buy. Earmarked for their
own enjoyment in future years the casks
quietly matured and improved with age.
With passing on the founders they were
forgotten and only recently rediscovered.
The collection is indeed a treasure trove
Of truly excellent Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Whisky producer Edrington today unveiled plans to build a £100 million distillery and visitors centre on its Macallan estate in Speyside, marking the latest in a string of massive investments in the Scotch sector.
The Glasgow-based company, which also owns the Famous Grouse and Highland Park brands, said that construction work could begin in the autumn if it is granted planning permission.
The distillery and visitors centre - which are being designed by architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners - could be up and running in 2017.
Edrington hinted at its investment in June but today unveiled the massive scale of its plans.
Rising demand for Scotch in the United States and emerging markets has triggered expansion schemes from many distillers.
French spirits giant Pernod Ricard - which owns Paisley-based Chivas Brothers, Scotland's second-largest distiller and the owner of labels including Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet and Royal Salute - is building a facility at Carron, on the banks of the River Spey, at a site previously occupied by the Imperial distillery.
Arch-rival Diageo - the biggest Scotch distiller and maker of Bell's, Johnnie Walker and Talisker - has selected Teaninich near Alness in Easter Ross as the site for its next £50m "super-distillery", following on from the opening of Roseisle near Elgin in 2010.


MACALLAN
VINTAGE  2 0 0 4   
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2004
Bottled 2013
Selected, Produced, Matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin



MACALLAN
VINTAGE  2 0 0 5
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2005
Bottled 2014
Selected, produced, matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

MACALLAN
VINTAGE  2 0 0 4   
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2004
Bottled 2013
Selected, Produced, Matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin



MACALLAN
VINTAGE  2 0 0 5
9 years old 43 %                                   
SPEYMALT
FROM  MACALLAN  DISTILLERY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 2005
Bottled 2014
Selected, produced, matured and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

The Speymalt from Macallan Distillery range includes a series of exceptional Single Malts,
each matured in the highest quality casks selected by Gordon & Macphail

Macallan derived from Gaelic  magh, is fertile ground, and ellan is a reference to the irish monk named St. Fillian who
spreading Christianity in Scotland.



MACALLAN’S NEW DISTILLERY
18 July 2017
As Macallan’s £100m-plus new distillery nears completion, it’s an emotional time for the man who came up with the idea, creative director Ken Grier. He spoke to Richard Woodard about the challenges facing Scotch whisky’s biggest construction project – and single malt’s most lucrative brand.

Macallan new distillery
Like no other: Macallan’s £100m-plus budget dwarfs other distillery builds
The early 2010s were a boom time for Scotch whisky in general, and for Macallan in particular. Exports were on an apparently never-ending upward curve, rare bottlings were changing hands for breathtaking sums of money, and China’s appetite for luxury seemed to be insatiable.

Scotch was now sailing in uncharted waters, earning the kind of status previously reserved for high-end Cognacs, and Macallan was leading the fleet. This was single malt reimagined as Bordeaux first growth or Paris fashion maison.

The one problem? Keeping up with demand. As Macallan owner Edrington pored over long-term forecasts, one thing was clear: the existing distillery at Easter Elchies, near Craigellachie, could no longer live up to the company’s long-term ambitions for the brand.

‘We talked about do we expand the existing facility, do we build somewhere fresh,’ recalls Macallan creative director Ken Grier. ‘Then I took a copy of Great Wineries of the World down from the bookshelf. I looked at a picture of Ysios [the futuristic Santiago Calatrava-designed winery in Rioja] and said: “We should really do this.”’

At a time when Macallan was redefining luxury whisky – or perhaps defining it for the first time – the idea was not just to increase production, but to give Macallan a home worthy of its newly-earned place in the world. ‘We want to make sure that we have those credentials of a Mouton-Rothschild or a Pétrus,’ explains Grier.

Everything about the new distillery was on the grand scale: the competition for architects (won by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), the £100m budget, the eye-catching subterranean design – likened by some to the home of children’s television favourites the Teletubbies, but apparently based loosely on a Scottish broch or ancient roundhouse.

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Man with a plan: The new Macallan distillery was Ken Grier’s idea

Now, nearly three years after ground was broken on the project, the planned opening date of June 2017 has come and gone, while that £100m budget has mushroomed to a reported £120m.

‘Along the way you get the usual challenges about the [landscape], how to deal with it and you move on,’ says Grier. ‘We would love to get it up and running at the moment.

‘We’re now in a situation where the distillery will be finished pretty much early to mid-September, and we’ll be commissioning it and running spirit in the latter part of the year, probably in November. We’re looking to be open to the public in the early summer of next year.’

And, on the cost: ‘Let’s just say the budget that we’ve set isn’t exactly where we’re going to finish.’

Some reports have suggested that the new distillery will mean an immediate 15% production increase, but with the potential to hit 15m litres of pure alcohol (lpa) a year, versus the old distillery’s 9m lpa. There is also tantalising talk of the world’s largest mash tun.

A tight-lipped Grier is keener to discuss quality and consistency – vitally important issues when you consider that the current Macallan distillery will be mothballed once the new one is fully operational.

The efforts made, alongside coppersmith Forsyths, to ensure that the new equipment produces a spirit identical to the old Macallan have been ‘hugely painstaking’, says Grier. ‘People need have no concern. We have been all over this in every way. If you want to make the perfect whisky, you have to have the perfect distillery.’

While many new distilleries are all about versatility and experimental distillation regimes, that’s not the case here. ‘At the moment, we don’t plan to do that,’ says Grier. ‘This is not the purpose of this distillery. There will be no experimental runs for the time being at least.’

But there’s much more to the new distillery than making whisky. For the visitor centre, Edrington has commissioned museum developer Atelier Brückner (also working on the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza).

According to reports, plans include a large-scale art gallery and six different rooms representing each of the ‘six pillars’ that underpin the character of Macallan’s whisky.

‘The idea is to build a distillery that really gives people a “wow”,’ says Grier. ‘We really want people to come in and to share some of our secrets.’

Macallan new distillery

Grand plan: The new distillery recalls an ancient Scottish ‘broch’ or roundhouse

But things have changed since the bullish days of the early 2010s. Scotch whisky exports have suffered declines (although single malt has continued to thrive); the luxury markets in China and Russia have imploded, albeit for different reasons; Macallan itself has seen sales suffer in the key Asian market of Taiwan as rival brands have eroded its market share.

‘The lesson we learned – which was why we launched Macallan Double Cask in Taiwan – is that that market has much more choice for consumers, thanks to the great work that some of our competitors have done,’ says Grier.

‘We had to make sure that our consumers had more choice, so we now have a focus on the “trinity” of Sherry Oak, Fine Oak, Double Cask – and it’s made a huge difference.’

Elsewhere, travel retail has been ‘tricky’ thanks to the travails of the luxury market in Russia and China, but – despite short-term challenges – Grier remains convinced of the continuing potential of the latter. ‘I’m confident that China will be a massive single malt market, but it may not be in my time,’ he says.

Macallan stills

Out with the old: Macallan’s current stills will fall silent once the new plant is running

Meanwhile, it will be more than a decade before Macallan’s new distillery produces its first fully mature whisky, as Grier acknowledges. ‘We will be stock-constrained for the foreseeable future,’ he says.

That means the continued tweaking of ranges and priorities, including a renewed focus on age-stated expressions in ‘mature’ markets such as London – ‘the great European cities are terribly important for luxury brands’, says Grier.

The colour-coded and sometimes criticised 1824 range will also evolve, with Macallan Ruby set to be discontinued imminently (although Grier is reluctant to confirm this) and other changes likely, partly because of the huge early success of Macallan Double Cask.

‘That may lead us to make some decisions,’ says Grier. ‘Some products may leave the range; other products might be added. We’ve been involved in quite a big exercise, going back and sampling the last 12 years of whiskies, these older stocks. So there will be changes.’

And what about the backlash (in some quarters) against the NAS 1824 range? ‘People forget. Whisky is all about innovation, trying things, whether it’s quarter cask products, products without an age statement, craft whiskies or finishing. And that’s fantastic, because with innovation you get younger consumers coming in.’

But, in the short term, Grier’s sights are firmly fixed on getting Macallan’s new distillery up and running without further delay. ‘I was on-site yesterday [13 July] and we’re on track for that new timescale,’ he says.

‘It’s very emotional for me, being the author of the whole thing, to see it come alive. And it’s beautiful – utterly breathtaking.’

Breathtaking or not, it’s certainly eagerly anticipated.

Watch how Macallan's new distillery has been brought to life, in an exclusive fly-over of the site near Craigellachie.
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