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The Macallan Distillery

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The Macallan Distillery is 3 miles north of Aberlour Town, 39 miles northeast of Aviemore, 59 miles northwest of Aberdeen.

The Distillery is open for visits and tours April - October: 09:30 - 18:00. November - March: 09:30 - 17:00. Closed for 3 weeks at Christmas / New Year. Postcode: AB38 9RX.

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The Image top is of the entrance to the new Macallan Whisky Distillery, opened in 2018.

The second image is of the huge Whisky display in the new building.

The Bar gives great views out over the countryside, as well as into the Distillery Stills.

This is a Single Malt Distillery producing Whisky matured in ex Sherry and Bourbon Barrels from 8 to 78 years, £76 to £150,000. Older Rare barrels can lead to bottles of The Macallan selling for vast amounts of money.
Macallan Whisky Range.

The Speyside Cooperage is 3 miles southeast with a Visitor Centre covering the making of Barrels.

List of all Whisky Distillers in Scotland that can be visited.

The Macallan Distillery History

1700 - Easter Elchies House was completed for Captain John Grant.

1824 - The Macallan Distillery was founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer, one of the first Distillers in Scotland with a Legal License for manufacturing and selling alcohol.

The Distillery was built on land leased from Easter Elchies Estate, producing Single Malt Scotch Whisky, mainly matured in US Oak Bourbon, and European Oak Sherry Barrels.

1800s mid - Reid sold The Macallan, leading to the Company growing into a world wide brand.

1961 - The Macallan bought Easter Elchies Estate and House.

1960s - The Macallan had 6 stills, increasing to 21 by 1975.

1980s - Easter Elchies House was restored, now used by the Distillery for Accommodation and Education.

1996 - Highland Distilleries bought Macallan.

1999 - Edrington bought Highland Distilleries for £601 million, including Macallan and a number of other top brands.

2018 - a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 / 60-year-old sold for £848,000 at auction in Edinburgh, a record at that time.

2018 - the new Macallan Distillery with a Visitor Experience was completed for about £140 million, containing 36 stills.

2019 - a bottle of The Macallan 1926 sells for a record £1.5m at Sotheby's auction in London. This new record was set as the bottle was from Cask number 263, claimed to be the Holy Grail of Whisky.

Cask 263 was bottled in 1986 when 60 years old, producing only 40 bottles. Most of the Whisky in Old Casks evaporates away, known as the Angels Share. A Standard Barrel normally produces between 150 and 200 bottles.

Rare bottles of Whisky are now mainly bought by Collectors and Investors, not for Drinking.

Today - The Macallan is owned by Edrington, also owners of Highland Park, The Glenrothes, and The Famous Grouse.

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