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 »
A 1961 vintage Macallan from their Fine & Rare series, offering up whiskies from back through the 20th century. This cask strength 40 year old offers an amazing insight into the development of Macallan's style over the last half century.
An unusual bottling in Macallan's Fine & Rare range - where the majority of the releases in this series were bottled around 2002 after several decades in the cask, this 1960 vintage was originally bottled in the mid-1970s at 15 years old before being repackaged for the F&R series. A time-capsule of a bottle, enabling us to see what 1970s Macallan drinkers were tasting.
Something of a curio, this cask strength 1956 Macallan was originally bottled in the early 1970s as a 15 year old, before being repackaged and introduced as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
A 50 year old vintage Macallan, distilled the year that Queen Elizabeth became monarch and bottled shortly after the millennium at its full cask strength of 50.8% as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
A 1949 Macallan, aged for 52 years and released as part of their Fine & Rare range of vintage whiskies. Looks like they got this one in the nick of time - the natural bottling strength is listed as 41.1%.
Bottled around 2001, cask 609 of this 1948 vintage Macallan reached the grand old age of 53 years old before being deemed to be in the perfect condition for bottling as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
Something of an oddity, here - this Macallan 1947 was originally bottled for Italy in 1962 as a fifteen year-old, before being repackaged for the Fine and Rare range. This is likely to be more peaty than today's Macallan, as the distillery was forced to use peat in the kilns for a few years during and after WWII because of the scarcity and high price of coal.
A 1946 vintage Macallan, aged for 56 years (so bottled around 2002) and released as part of their Fine & Rare range of vintaged whiskies. The period immediately post-WWII is considered one of Macallan's finest, with more smokey aromas and flavours in the barley as a result of increased peat use for distillation.
A very rare 1940 vintage Macallan, this whisky was first bottled in 1977 and supply has been eked out with tiny allocations in the last few years since being introduced as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.
A very old vintage Macallan distilled in 1939 as WWII was breaking out in Europe and bottled at the end of the 1970s at 40 years of age. One of the earliest vintages in the distillery's prestige Fine & Rare series.