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 1966 vintage Macallan, released a decade or so ago as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series. This amazingly ambitious range was designed to showcase Macallan throughout its history, with initial vintages going back to 1926 - all bottled at full cask strength.
A very unusual Macallan, with almost no sherry characteristics - it is instead very clean, fruity and surprisingly youthful for such an aged malt. In a brilliant stroke of marketing each of the 366 bottles released bore a different date of the year, so no two bottles are identical.
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 prestigious bottle of Macallan from the 1951 vintage. Released as part of their Fine & Rare series, this was bottled at an incredible 51 years of age with an impressive natural strength that was still up at over 50%.
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.
The jewel in the crown, this for us is the most special aged Macallan whisky ever bottled. Christmas cake style fruit with all the complexity of a classy aged malt. This Macallan is in a league of its own and proudly sits alongside the more recent Lalique range.