Macallan Whisky Scotch Single Malt - A to Z of Whiskies

Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Bore Holes
The Edrington Group
+44 (0)1340 872280
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The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid. When Reid died in 1847, his son managed the distillery until his own death in 1858. Then the distillery was taken over by James Shearer Priest and James Davidson until it was acquired by James Stuart in 1868. In 1892, the distillery was taken over by Roderick Kemp. Following Kemp's death in 1909 the management of the distillery came under The Roderick Kemp Trust.

In 1966 The Macallan went public and was listed on the stock exchange. The distillery remained in the Kemp family until 1996, when Highland Distilling Ltd bought out the shares, HDL where then taken over by the Edrington Group in 1999.

The Macallan malt whisky was always renowned among blenders who used it as a "top dressing" in their blends, but it wasn't until the late 1970's that it was bottled as a single malt. The number of stills at Macallan has grown over the years along with the whiskies popularity. In 1965 the stills where increased from 6-12, in 1974 from 12-18 stills and in 1975 the number was increased to 21 stills.

All the whisky produced at the distillery is matured in Oloroso sherry casks. 75% of production is sold as single malt and the remaining 25% goes into blends such as Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, J & B, Chivas Regal, Ballantine's or Long John.

The Macallan single malt is a favourite with malt whisky drinkers worldwide and is often given the label "The Rolls-Royce of single malts".

Macallan Tasting Notes

Macallan 1851 Inspiration.
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Mix of fruits, floral and sweet malted barley aroma. Light ginger spices, nutty and vanilla toffee.
Taste: Smooth, malty sweetness with mixed spices of ginger and cloves.
Finish: Luxurious, sweet and malty, medium long.

Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak.
Colour: Pale Gold.
Nose: A hint of sweet toffee balanced with dried fruits and sherry.
Taste: Smooth with dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke.
Finish: Dried fruits, sweet toffee and a hint of wood spice.

Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
Colour: Rich Gold.
Nose: Vanilla with hints of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke.
Taste: Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice.
Finish: Sweet toffee, dried fruits, lingering wood smoke and spice.

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak.
Colour: Light Mahogany.
Nose: Dried fruits and ginger with hints of citrus, vanilla and cinnamon.
Taste: Rich dried fruits, spice, clove, orange and wood smoke.
Finish: Full dried fruits and sweet toffee, with a hint of ginger and wood smoke.

Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak.
Colour: Pale Straw.
Nose: Complex, with hints of fruit and heather honey.
Taste: Soft, with a maltiness, balanced with oak and fruit.
Finish: Lingering with hints of oak and fruit.

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Macallan Bottlings

Macallan offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • 10 Year Old Sherry Oak "The Rolls Royce of Malts".
  • 12 Year Old Sherry Oak.
  • 18 Year Old Sherry Oak.
  • 25 Year Old Sherry Oak.
  • 30 Year Old Sherry Oak.
  • 10 Year Old Fine Oak.
  • 1851 Inspiration.
  • You will find a huge range of Macallan single malt including many very rare vintages and finishes available from top whisky shops such as
    The Whisky Exchange.

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