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
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
1996 - Highland Distilleries bought
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
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
Today - The Macallan is owned by Edrington, also
owners of Highland Park, The Glenrothes, and
The Famous Grouse.