The Macallan was founded in 1824 by local barley farmer and school teacher Alexander Reid who became one of the first legal distillers in the country following the Excise Act of 1823. The distillery lies in the 485-acre Macallan Estate, which takes its name from two Gaelic words, ‘Magh’ meaning ‘fertile piece of land’, and ‘Ellan’ meaning ‘of St Filan’, an Irish monk who travelled Scotland spreading Christianity in the eighth century. The estate is thought to have been the home of St Filan’s church until the fifteenth century.
The six pillars
From school books to record books, The Macallan has gone on to become one of the top three best selling single malts in the world, regularly achieving record-breaking prices at auctions. The brand attributes its success to ‘The Six Pillars’:
- the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House – built at the heart of the estate in 1700,
- curiously small stills – among the smallest in Speyside holding an initial charge of 3,900 litres each,
- the finest cut – the small portion of spirit selected from the stills,
- exceptional oak casks – crafted to the distillery’s specifications with more spent per cask than any other distillery on sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for its casks,
- natural colour – no artificial colouring is added to any expression in the range,
- peerless spirit – in place, production, people and passion.
Heritage and innovation
In 2013 The Macallan announced the creation of a new £100million distillery. The project was commissioned in November 2017 and the doors opened to the public in May 2018. The new distillery and visitor experience features a unique and distinctive subterranean design, created by acclaimed international architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. While the surroundings are new, the processes remain exactly the same, ensuring every drop of whisky is made to The Macallan’s exacting standards.
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