The Macallan Distillery was established by Alexander Reid in 1824 when he obtained a license to operate a distillery on a small hill, overlooking the River Spey, in the village of Craigellachie. Roderick Kemp became the new owner of the Macallan distillery in 1892. Kemp then set to work rebuilding the distillery, improving the stills, adding new warehouse facilities, and other buildings. Kemp continued to make improvements through to the end of the century and expand Macallan’s production. He also developed most of the company’s quality standards, which included ageing its whiskies only in unbroken Spanish oak sherry casks. Although Kemp died in 1909, the management of the distillery was taken over by The Roderick Kemp Trust and the Kemp family remained in control until it was acquired by Highland Distillers Ltd in 1996. During the early 1960s there was a rise in interest for single malt whisky which encouraged Macallan to increase its whisky production however, they maintained their commitment to traditional distilling methods that included the use of small, handcrafted stills. So instead of converting to larger, industrial-sized stills, the company began adding new matching small stills, doubling the number of stills to 12, in 1965. In 1970, the company began construction of a new generation of stills, adding another six in 1974 and three more the following year to reach a total of 21 stills. During the 1990s, following a series of cross sharing ownership agreements the distillery was acquired by the Edrington Group. In 2004 the Fine Oak range was introduced, this new single malt is matured in carefully selected European and American oak casks, which have previously held Sherry or Bourbon.
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700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Macallan have created this new range of whiskies based on colour, rather than age. 'Amber', is named after the actual colour of the whisky in the cask. It is the wood that will do the talking with this new range and that the colour picked up from the cask drives the character, with age being less important. 'Amber' is made from a combination of European and American oak first fill and refill ex sherry casks. 'Amber' has a higher percentage of first fill casks than the 'Gold'.
700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The first in the new no-age statement '1824' series. Bob Dalgarno, the Macallan Whisky Maker, has created four expressions by identifying the natural colour formed during maturation in different casks types to create the character informed by these colours. The expressions are Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby, all names reflecting the actual colour of the whiskies in the range, but also describing naturally occurring mineral and metals. The 1824 Series brings together two of Macallan's greatest strengths: natural colour and 100 % sherry seasoned oak casks. "Macallan is well known for its richer, sweeter style of whiskies and the 'Gold' offers these, but with a pleasant twist in the form of the uplifting zesty notes. The flavour profile and the price make this a must have" Includes a free set of Macallan cuff links
750 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The renowned spirits journalist F Paul Pacult described this as: "simply the best 12 year old single malt around" - high praise indeed, this is a perfect example of a honeyed, malty Speyside whisky, offering up a nose of sweet, buttery vanilla, sherry, date and walnut loaf and hints of Victoria sponge cake!
- 750 ml bottle