The Macallan is known as the leading brand of Scotch whisky. It is so highly regarded that it has been called the “Rolls-Royce of single malts,” and its elegant taste has attracted many people and has been loved for many years.
In this article, we will introduce the history of The Macallan, its production method and types of malt. We invite you to discover the appeal of Macallan and enjoy its wonderful taste.
What is The Macallan?
This prestigious whisky was described as the “Rolls-Royce of single malts” in a whisky reading book by Harrods, a luxury British department store, comparing it to the world-famous Rolls-Royce. It is known as the leading brand of single malt and is gaining a growing fan base of whisky lovers and whisky novices alike.
It is one of the most reputable brands among the nearly 100 distilleries in Scotland. Its elegant and sublime taste is as prestigious as a Rolls Royce.
Where The Macallan is made?
The Macallan distillery is located in the middle of the River Spey, where Scotch whisky is widely distilled. It is located on the opposite side of Craigellachie village in the Highlands of northern Scotland, in a hilly area with rich nature, with the rivers Deveron and Rossie running through it as well as the Spey.
In addition to the distillery, barley of the Minstrel variety, which is used to make whisky, is grown on the 150 hectares of land. The middle reaches of the River Spey are fertile ground for growing barley, and the soil is ideal for whisky production, as it produces high quality barley.
History of The Macallan
The Macallan Distillery was founded in 1824 and is said to have been the second distillery to receive a distillery licence, after The Glenlivet, at a time when moonshine production was in full swing. Once the distillery became a government-approved distillery, its reputation was passed on to the various regions by pastoralists, and it became very popular.
The outbreak of World War II had a major impact on whisky making, but the story goes that the distillery did not compromise on the quality of its barrels or the quality of the barley used to make it, but continued to maintain quality. It is a distillery that overcame hardships even in turbulent times and has kept the dignity and taste of the brand without degrading the quality.
The Macallan Processing Method
We use all of our own ingredients, such as barley, sherry barrels and distillation kettles, which are essential to the production of whisky. The sherry barrels are made of American and European oak and are filled with sherry and allowed to sit for a long time to complete the process.
The handcrafted traditional copper distillation kettles are very small compared to other distilleries. Careful distillation results in a rich and elegant taste.
How to drink The Macallan
Overall, Macallan is characterized by its spiciness and a good amount of sweetness. It is best consumed straight or on the rocks to bring out the flavor and taste of the whisky itself.
If you’re new to whisky or just want a refreshing drink, try drinking it with soda water for a strong highball. The Macallan is elegant and dignified, and should be enjoyed in a way that allows the whisky to be fully appreciated without compromising its flavor.
Types of The Macallan
The Macallan 12 years
A single malt matured for a minimum of 12 years in sherry casks using Macallan’s proprietary process. This is a standard brand suitable for first-time whisky drinkers. It has a faint sweetness of vanilla and dried fruits, and a spicy aroma of ginger.
The finish is smoky with a perfect balance of richness and elegance on the palate. It’s a gorgeous and luxurious drink to drink straight or on the rocks.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
It is made from the original wine aged for a minimum of 12 years in European oak sherry, American oak sherry and bourbon barrels. This is a refreshing, casual bottle with a strong lingering oak aroma and a refreshing taste.
Its moderate lightness makes it easy to drink, with subtle honey and raisin-like aromas. We recommend drinking it on the rocks or with a highball, and it’s perfect for those who want to drink it lightly as a food sipper.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
This single malt is made from a blend of originals aged for a minimum of 12 years in European and American oak sherry casks. It offers a wide range of aromas and depth of flavor: orange marmalade, vanilla, ginger, coconut, butterscotch and apple candy.
It has a nice balance of moderate spiciness and gentle sweetness, and the complexity of flavors is well integrated. Elegant and refined on the palate, it’s a wonderfully long-lasting product.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask
It’s made from a blend of three original alcoholic beverages, aged in different types of barrels: an American oak sherry barrel, a European oak sherry barrel and a bourbon barrel. This is a light drink with rich flavors and aromas, and is recommended to be consumed straight, on the rocks or highball.
The sip offers sweet aromas of vanilla and melon, with a refreshing lemony note. The finish has a hint of oak and a nice spice finish. This is a great choice for those who want to try a complex whisky.
The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask
This bottle is made from three different types of barrels – European oak sherry, American oak sherry and bourbon barrels – and aged for a minimum of 18 years. The result is a well-balanced triumvirate of flavors, each with its own personality and a complex combination of flavors.
The freshness of citrus fruits such as citrus and lemon peel, the sweetness of vanilla, and aromas of oak are all present in each original. You can enjoy the delicacy and smoothness of the taste.
The Macallan 25 years old Sherry Oak
A rare and expensive bottle of single malt royalty, a rare and expensive bottle due to the length of time it has been in storage. It is made from a blend of originals that have been aged for a minimum of 25 years in carefully selected sherry casks. It’s round and smooth on the palate, with fruity aromas of citrus fruits and grapes.
The caramelized sweetness and hint of spiciness are exquisite and provide depth of flavor. We recommend sipping it straight or on the rocks for a luxurious taste.
The Macallan Quest
This Macallan was released as a duty-free store only bottle. It is made from original malt from four different types of aged barrels: European Oak, American Sherry Oak, American EX Bourbon Oak and Hogshead Cask.
On the nose, it has sweet aromas of dried raisins and vanilla, and a rich brandy-like flavor. It has just the right amount of bitterness and citrus sourness, and the taste of the four malt liquors overlaps with each other to create a rich, deep flavor. It has a wonderfully full and round mouthfeel, perfect for those who want to enjoy a complex, deep whisky.
The Macallan Lumina
It is made from a blend of three different types of original wine from three different aged barrels – European Sherry Oak, American Oak and Hogshead. It is the second youngest in the Quest collection, which includes Quest, Lumina, Terra and Enigma, and is elegant and powerful on the palate.
The sip offers sweetness like vanilla and brown sugar and a hint of apple tartness, with spicy and bitter notes of oak and ginger on the finish. This is a great bottle for those who enjoy bold and deep flavors.
The Macallan Terra
This bottle is made from the original spirit made from European and American oak from Tevasa and Vasyma, aged exclusively in first-fill sherry casks. In the mouth, the sweetness of vanilla and dried fruit is matched by the spicy ginger and oak notes.
This is a light and mellow drink with a good overall balance. The citrus aromas of lemon and other citrus fruits are refreshing, and we recommend drinking it straight, with water or as a highball.
The Macallan Enigma
Made by Tevasa, a Spanish sherry cask company, this bottle is made exclusively from original liquor aged in first-fill sherry casks. It’s a perfect balance of spicy notes of ginger and cinnamon and sweetness of dried fruits and vanilla.
A slow-matured oakiness spreads in the mouth for a deep taste. The caramelized sweetness lingers in the mouth, allowing you to fully appreciate the elegant and rich finish. We recommend drinking it straight or on the rocks to enjoy the taste of the whisky itself.
The Macallan Rare Cask
This bottle is a blend of 16 carefully selected original sherry casks. This bottle was named “Rare Cask” because it was made from the original sake in the barrels. This is a rare bottle of rare sake, which is over 30 years old, and you can enjoy the rich taste of long aging.
The first sip reveals sweet aromas of dried fruits, vanilla and chocolate, with a moderately spicy aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. This Macallan is suitable for those who want to enjoy a taste of luxury and elegance.
The Macallan Amber
This Macallan is a blend of first and second-fill Spanish oak and American oak sherry matured in original sherry casks. The Macallan is a beautiful amber color with a captivating reddish hue, and has a fruity aroma typical of sherry barrels.
It has a medium-light mouthfeel with aromas of vanilla and dried fruit, with a spicy cinnamon finish. The balance of sweetness and spice is well-balanced, with a soft mouthfeel and stable flavor, making this a bottle to enjoy carefully.
The Macallan Sienna
A limited edition of 420 bottles of this limited edition blend of original wine aged in 100% first-fill Spanish and American oak sherry casks. A sip reveals fruity aromas of orange peel, apples and figs, as well as spicy notes of nutmeg and ginger.
The balance between the freshness of the fruit and the gentle sweetness with a hint of chocolate is perfect. The delicate finish and the elegant aftertaste will leave a lasting impression.
Called the Rolls Royce of single malt whisky, The Macallan is truly the royal road to Scotch whisky. The wonderful taste produced by a long tradition and careful manufacturing methods has been loved by many fans over the years. It has an appealing mature taste that you want to drink a little taller, and you can savor it in your favorite way, such as on the rocks or in a highball.