One of the most popular distilleries in the world, over the last four decades Macallan has built probably the best reputation for quality malt whisky and is the most sought-after whisky for collectors. Rare expressions can change hands for thousands of pounds and prices for such bottles are continuously going up. Macallan built its enviable rep ... Read More »
The first release from Macallan's much sought-after Exceptional Single Cask range. Distilled on 22nd December 1981 and aged in Fino Sherry butt number 9870 for 18 years before being bottled on 23rd December 1999.
A very special bottle of Macallan, this was distilled in 1965 and bottled in 1994 by Signatory. With an average score of 92 points from the Malt Maniacs (including 93 from Serge Valentin) this is one of the bottlings that helped establish Signatory as one of Scotland's most important independent bottlers.
A 1966 vintage Macallan from independent bottlers Signatory. One of just 214 bottles that were extracted from cask 4177 in 1996, aged bottlings of Macallan are incredibly sought after. This was distilled in the year the owning trust was reformed as a plc, in advance of the company's flotation on the stock market in 1968.
A 1965 vintage Macallan from veteran independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. Bottled in 2012 at well over 45 years of age, this was aged in a first fill sherry butt. As can be seen from the producer's tasting notes below, this is a classic 1960s sherried Speyside with notes of citrus, vanilla and butter fudge.
A 1966 vintage Macallan from independent bottlers Signatory. This was bottled at 31 years old from a single cask. The bottling was awarded an impressive 91 and 90 points from Malt Maniacs Serge Valentin and Olivier Humbrecht respectively.
Bottled in 2000, this sherry-cask Macallan 1975 was, we believe, the last Macallan 25yo Anniversary Malt with a stated vintage. A lovely colour on this Macallan, produced during the distillery's golden era.
The second of Macallan's Masters of Photography series sensibly avoids the controversies of the first, with a special 20yo sherried whisky and a book of photos by Albert Watson on the journey of the sherry cask. The presentation box contains ten of these photos reproduced as special prints.
Another of the hugely popular Macallan Gran Reserva series, released around the turn of the century. These releases were made in small batches from casks that were too good to be vatted into the standard 18yo release and are highly prized by collectors today.
A 1963 vintage Macallan bottled for Italian importers Rinaldi of Bologna. Due to the fact the distiller's name is shown as Macallan-Glenlivet, we can deduce that this was almost certainly bottled in the 1970s, as the suffix was dropped in the 1980s.
A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery. Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin's whiskyfun.com, this is one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years.
One of the most collectable ever Macallans, bottled in 1996 for the 35th anniversary of the famous satirical magazine Private Eye (still essential reading). The vatting produced 5000 bottles and included one cask from 1961. This special edition is also unique in that it features a superb screenprinted label by the legendary gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman.
This Carn Mor Macallan is a sister cask to the Cream Sherry bottling, and the two casks were distilled on the same day in 1965 and bottled on the same day in 2008. A fascinating experiment (for the deep-pocketed) to see how different types of cask affect identical spirit.
A 1989 vintage Macallan selected as part of the Masters of Photography series, celebrating the work of Annie Leibowitz. This was matured in a sherry butt and features a photograph of actor & director Kevin McKidd entitled 'The Gallery'.