The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then, The Macallan has built a reputation as one of the world’s truly great single malt whiskies. From its founding by Alexander Reid, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognised for the quality of its product above all else.

The reputation of The Macallan is built on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles. From place to process, people and passion, the Six Pillars are the backdrop to The Macallan’s unique spirit.

The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks are sourced, crafted, toasted and seasoned under the watchful eye of The Macallan Master of Wood, the hand-picked casks are delivered to the demanding specifications of The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team. For every expression of The Macallan, the quality of the whisky is largely dependent on the quality of the oak casks it is matured in, as well as the quality of the ‘new make’ spirit distilled from water, yeast and barley. With up to 80% of The Macallan’s final character and flavour determined by cask quality, the oak cask is the most prominent factor in ensuring and delivering the quality and style of the single malt.

The Macallan whiskies take 100% of their colour from the wood in which they are matured. As wood is a natural product, each tree is different and in turn, imparts different flavours and colours to the whisky during maturation. The skill of the whisky makers ensures colour is as consistent as possible from bottling to bottling, through the management and selection of the casks which provide the spectrum of natural colour essential to The Macallan single malt.

The Macallan works closely with fully integrated ‘tree to finished seasoned cask’ companies in Spain; to identify the oak trees in the forests of northern Spain, fell the trees, saw and air dry the oak staves before shipping them to the south for further air-drying to reduce the moisture even more. The casks are then seasoned for 18 months before making the journey to Scotland where they are filled with The Macallan ‘new make’ spirit.

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THE MACALLAN DOUBLE CASK 12 YEAR OLD

It is often said that when two worlds come together, they create something magical, or simply extraordinary. For The Macallan, this is the absolute truth behind their new 12 year old single malt; The Macallan Double Cask. This is a single malt which tells the story of a journey; a story which brings together different worlds. To create Double Cask, The Macallan bring new oak from America across thousands of miles to Spain, where oak casks are crafted and sherry seasoned before travelling to our distillery on Speyside to mature for twelve years. These whiskies are then harmoniously united with those aged in the very best sherry seasoned European oak casks. The delicate flavour of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak – rises in prominence as the traditional Macallan character of rich fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar back drop. This is a flavour combination which is guaranteed until the very last drop.

Tasting notes

Colour
Harvest sun.

Aroma
Creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly-felled oak.

Palate
Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and balanced with raisins and caramel.

Finish
Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN DOUBLE CASK 15 YEAR OLD

The Macallan Double Cask 15 Years Old is a balanced single malt whisky created by bringing the perfect harmony of two oaks into one exceptional single malt whisky. Sherry seasoned American oak adds delicate vanilla to the subtle spice of European oak, delivering a whisky with a sweeter, warmer taste, and character. With Double Cask 15 Years Old, the delicate and indulgent flavours of American oak including honey, citrus and chocolate balance The Macallan’s more traditional characteristics of rich fruits, sherry and wood spice.

The Macallan brings American oak to Spain, where the casks are crafted by hand and filled with dry Oloroso sherry. Once seasoned, the casks are shipped to the Speyside distillery and filled with ‘new make’ spirit. 15 years later, the Whisky Mastery Team selects the perfect balance of spirit from both casks to create a unique single malt with a sweet, warm character. The golden butterscotch colour is 100% natural and comes from exceptional oak casks.

Tasting notes

Colour
Golden butterscotch.

Nose
Dried fruit, toffee and vanilla with smooth oak and baked apple. Balanced with notes of honey and chocolate.

Palate
Sweet raisin and sultana builds with hints of vanilla, wood spice and citrus.

Finish
Warm with ginger turning to caramel and citrus, with a lingering and creamy mouth feel.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN DOUBLE CASK 18 YEAR OLD

The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old is a perfectly balanced single malt whisky created by bringing the perfect harmony of two oaks into one exceptional single malt whisky. Sherry seasoned American oak adds delicate vanilla to the subtle spice of European oak, delivering a whisky with a sweeter, warmer taste, and character. The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old has a rich amber honey tone, and imparts notes of dried fruits, ginger and toffee. A warm oak spice finish is balanced by citrus flavours of sweet orange.

The Macallan brings American oak to Spain, where the casks are crafted by hand and filled with dry Oloroso sherry. Once seasoned, the casks are shipped to the Speyside distillery and filled with ‘new make’ spirit. Following 18 years of slumber, the Whisky Mastery Team selects the perfect balance of spirit from both casks to create a unique single malt with a sweet, warm character. The amber honey colour is 100% natural and comes from our exceptional oak casks.

Tasting notes

Colour
Amber honey.

Nose
Dried fruit, ginger and toffee. Rich orange with hints of clove and nutmeg.

Palate
Rich raisin and sultana with notes of caramel, vanilla and ginger, balanced by wood spice and zesty citrus.

Finish
Warm oak spice with ginger, turning to sweet orange.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN SHERRY OAK 12 YEAR OLD

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 years old reveals the unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit for which The Macallan has been known since it was established in 1824. When matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain, our rich, fruity and full bodied ‘new make’ spirit is transformed into a classic single malt. The sherry seasoned oak cask delivers a rich and complex single malt characterised by spice and dried fruit flavours.

Tasting notes

Colour
Rich gold.

Aroma
Complex, with hints of vanilla.

Palate
Smooth, medium balanced with fruit, oak, and spice.

Finish
Long, with sweet dried fruits, oak, and spice.

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN TRIPLE CASK 12 YEAR OLD

Fine Oak 12 Years Old is triple cask matured in a combination of sherry seasoned European oak casks, sherry seasoned American oak casks and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon. The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old still uses a higher proportion of sherry casks than most other single malts and these flavours are evident in Fine Oak. The result is a diverse yet subtle style of whisky with flavours of citrus, vanilla and coconut in abundance. A lighter, more versatile way to enjoy all the very best of The Macallan’s flavours and aromas.

Tasting notes

Colour
Rich straw.

Aroma
Complex, with hints of vanilla, melon, and lemon zest.

Palate
Medium balanced with lemon citrus, vanilla, and light toasted oak and nutmeg.

Finish
Lingering with melon, papaya, fresh oak, and oak spice.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN TRIPLE CASK 15 YEAR OLD

Matured in European and American sherry seasoned oak casks and ex-­bourbon American oak casks, the Triple Cask Matured range delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex single malt. Naturally derived colour from Macallan’s exceptional casks. Fifteen years in cask results in an exotic single malt with vibrant orange and chocolate flavours and rich straw colour.

Tasting notes

Colour
Rich straw

Aroma
Sublime and full, with delicate hints of rose and cinnamon.

Palate
Intensely rich chocolate with high notes of orange and raisin.

Finish
Lingering oranges and dried fruit.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN TRIPLE CASK 18 YEAR OLD

The Macallan Fine Oak 18 Year Old represent a completely new range of expressions which have been matured in carefully selected European and American oak casks which have previously held Sherry or Bourbon. As always with The Macallan, the colour is completely natural and is derived solely from the interaction of spirit and wood.

Tasting notes

Colour
Light Amber

Nose
Exotic dried petals with coconut and vanilla orange citrus.

Aroma
Soft and velvety with orange citrus, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Finish
Lingering with chocolate orange and a hint of wood smoke.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN CLASSIC CUT

The Macallan Classic Cut celebrates The Macallan’s ongoing commitment to seek out the extraordinary and in doing so, create whiskies of unique character. This single malt offers a whisky with dominant sweetness with balanced flavours. An exceptional annual release single malt whisky, matured exclusively in handpicked sherry seasoned casks, bottled to perfectly unlock its unique flavour profile. Classic Cut is a truly indulgent single malt whisky.

Tasting notes

Colour
Earthy gold.

Nose
Orange and lemon citrus dominates the sweet notes of nutmeg and ginger and hints of vanilla and polished oak.

Palate
Ginger and nutmeg with a full bodied sweet vanilla and orange note.

Finish
Medium sweet with a long dry oak finish.

ABV

51.2%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN RARE CASK

Rare Cask showcases a dedication to the art of hand picking first-fill European and American oak sherry seasoned casks at the perfect point of maturation. The result is an extremely complex yet perfectly balanced whisky. Only bottled four times a year (three times in 2018), this whisky is identified both with an annual release statement and a batch number. Each batch is a limited production, equivalent to the volume of only 50 butts. Rare Cask is a superbly well-rounded and distinctive whisky, identified by an annual release statement and batch number. With four limited edition batch releases a year, each is created from 100% first-fill European and American oak sherry seasoned casks. Rare Cask is the pinnacle of the core portfolio and gateway into the prestigious Masters Decanter Series.

Tasting notes

Colour
Mahogany red.

Nose
Soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon, and orange.

Palate
Oak resonates, timeless, polished, and rich. Vanilla and chocolate lead the finale along with the light citrus zest.

Finish
Full and warming.

ABV

48.2%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN REFLEXION

Matured predominately in the smaller Spanish and American 250 litre hogshead casks; then allowing for a greater surface area of wood to interact with the spirit, delivering more accentuated aromas and flavours. The depth of the colour and the complex flavour of Reflexion derive from the first fill casks selected by Bob Dalgarno, Master Whisky Maker. Bold and full bodied, Reflexion is a celebration of floral and vanilla notes, punctuated with fresh apples and apricots. Sculpted through the inspiration of The Macallan iconic triangle, Reflexion is a masterpiece both in style and stature. Its exquisite angular facets each reflect the light to showcase the deep red mahogany hue of the whisky within.

Tasting notes

Colour
Blood orange.

Nose
Fresh zest of orange and citrus fruits. A slight waxy note fades to fresh green apples. Robust notes of chocolate, thick fudge, boiled sweets, aniseed and caramel toffees with subtle white chocolate truffles. Fresh bananas and sweet oak arrives last.

Palate
Initial light citrus zest with new oak gives way to the succulent sweetness of lemon and orange. Raisin, sultana, and apple, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger, are subtle.

Fisnish
Boiled sweets add balance to a glimpse of toasted oak to give a medium and soft finish.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN NO.6

This exceptional single malt takes its unique natural colour and character from first fill Spanish sherry seasoned oak casks handcrafted by the master coopers of Jerez de la Frontera, the home of sherry. No.6 is drawn from Spanish oak casks built by one cooperage in Jerez before seasoning for 18 months in the sherry bodegas with dry oloroso sherries. All of the whiskies were matured in first fill casks, maximising aromas and flavours. The beautiful design enhances the enticing, rich dark walnut colour of a classic Macallan character, a celebration of richness, spice and dried fruit with a layer of heady orange groves. Exclusively designed and crafted for The Macallan, this flawless Lalique crystal decanter pays homage to the single malt’s heritage and its guiding principles through its use of facets representing the Six Pillars, incorporating the iconic triangular feature as a key element of its creation.

Tasting notes

Colour
Spanish sunset.

Nose
Raisin, dates and figs dominate whilst sultana and toffee apples add texture and depth. The weight of flavour from the raisins is dark and rich with great viscosity. Dry ginger and soft cinnamon hint at the edges. Dark chocolate is majestic, vanilla sweetness lingers in the background.

Palate
Heavy and sumptuous. A rich fruit cake of raisin, dates, and figs, apples, sultanas, orange then ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of clove. Oak notes are like velvet, soft and chic.

Finish
Silky smooth with a long and full finish.

ABV

43%

Volume

700mL

THE MACALLAN M

M is the iconic result of an unprecedented collaboration between three masters of their crafts; The Macallan, The ultimate luxury spirit; Lalique, The world’s best crystal maker; and Fabien Baron, legendary designer. Drawing on some of the richest casks maturing at The Macallan distillery, this complex and intense whisky includes Macallan distilled in 1940. The deep rosewood colour derives purely from the 500 litre sherry seasoned casks, butts and puncheons, mostly built of Spanish oak. Fashioned from the highest grade crystal, the six facets of the decanter reflect the wonderful, deep, natural colour of the whisky like a cut, highly polished diamond. Each M decanter is individually numbered.

Tasting notes

Colour
Rosewood.

Nose
Dried fruits ripen, then soften. Vanilla accompanies green apple hand in hand. Ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon create an ensemble in the background, with strong notes of polished oak and depth of resinous, juicy oranges.

Palate
The palate opens rich in wood spices, slowly showing all their viscosity. Wood smoke flits in and out.

Finish
The heavier raisin and sultana flavours take over, meandering to a long full finish.

ABV

44.7%

Volume

700mL

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