The Macallan

Since its founding in 1824, no one has known the relationship between spirit and wood better than The Macallan. At the heart of the way we do things is our core philosophy of ‘necessary excellence’ a practical passion applied in extraordinary ways.

Based in the heart of Speyside, it was one of the first legally licensed distillers in Scotland.

Unflinching commitment to put sherry casks at the heart of this extraordinary single malt give a unique depth, complexity and richness of flavour, unrivalled by others.


The Distillery

The Macallan was one of the first distillers in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.

The distillery, nestled above the River Spey in the heart of Speyside and within the grounds of Easter Elchies, was founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. The original name of the area was “Maghellan”, taken from the Gallic word “magh”, meaning fertile ground and “Ellan”, from the Monk St.Fillan – who held a close association with the church that stood in the grounds of The Macallan Estate until 1400.

Having launched its new £140m ground-breaking distillery in 2018, it has seen fans and comrades from all over the globe visit for its exceptional tour experiences that are on offer to the public. From exclusive access to the Cave Priveé to The Macallan Boutique, it’s a distillery every whisky fan should visit!

The Six Pillars

The Six Pillars are the foundation stones for the frame and character of The Macallan.

They encompass the strong sense of place at the heart of the distillery and the estate, together with our long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky.

  • Spiritual Home
  • Peerless Spirit
  • Curiously Small Stills
  • Natural Colour
  • Finest Cut
  • Exceptional Oak Casks

Macallan on Youtube

Explore the journey of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, matured in American and European oak casks. Two worlds, one Macallan.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Macallan Estate, reflects on our history, drawing inspiration from the generations that brought The Macallan through two World Wars

Tasting and Nosing with Macallan

A fine whisky smells as wonderful as it tastes. Here is Candice Baker to tell us more about how to ‘nose’ and ‘taste’ whisky like an expert.

Where To Find Us

Opening Hours

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