The Macallan: 2018 so far..

The Macallan: 2018 so far..

2018 will go down in history for The Macallan for a number of reasons and, at the time of this post, we still have half a year to go.

In the last 12 months, we have seen some historic moments for The Macallan. We saw the twice world record-breaking auction price for a single cask of whisky distilled in 1987 in October, a sale proudly advised by Cask 88, to be promptly followed by yet another world record auction in February 2018 for a single cask distilled in 1989. We covered the exciting news of both of these historic auctions.

Vintage Bottles

This world record-breaking reputation was once again confirmed when in April 2018, two bottles of 60 Year Old Macallan from 1926 achieved an auction price of $1.2m. These incredible bottles have become highly sought after, not only because of the incredible whisky they house, but because they feature labels commissioned by artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami. The combination of vintage whisky and fine art mean these bottles are highly collectable for whisky collectors and art lovers alike.

 

New Releases

To build on the incredible success of these vintage bottles, The Macallan has already released a number of expressions in 2018, the most notable of these being the release in March 2018 of The Macallan 50 Years Old – 2018. This extraordinary single malt has gently matured for decades in Macallan’s specially selected casks.

Not content with that, The Macallan then went on to release the oldest vintage it has ever sold to date, a 72 year old whisky priced at US$60,000 for each numbered Lalique decanter. This incredible expression is described on Macallan’s own website as:

The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique is a celebration of the collaboration of masters from across the fields of whisky, crystal, architecture, construction and craftsmanship, and marks a new beginning in The Macallan’s story. Inspired by and honouring a new dawn, The Genesis Decanter is defined by a truly magnificent architectural masterpiece.

New Distillery

As if this wasn’t quite enough, in June 2018 they finally opened to the public their brand new £140m Distillery and Visitor Centre, on the stunning Easter Elchies estate. It is the first distillery in Speyside to be designed by an internationally acclaimed and award-winning architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, known for their groundbreaking work on projects such as the Terminal 4 Madrid Barajas Airport and International Towers in Sydney.

Credit: Photography Ian Gavan

The striking piece of contemporary architecture is cut into the slope of the land, taking its cues from ancient Scottish hills and maximizing the aesthetic beauty of the building whilst minimizing the visual impact on the Speyside landscape, which has been classified as an ‘Area of Great Landscape Value’. The undulating timber roof structure is one of the most complicated timber roof structures in the world, comprising 380,000 individual components.

Credit: Photography Ian Gavan

The new stills within the working distillery were crafted by Scottish coppersmiths Forsyths, who have been making the brand’s distinctive, ‘curiously small’ stills for The Macallan since the 1950s – the new stills are an exact replica of the originals. While the new distillery will allow for production to increase, the same great quality of The Macallan will remain untouched.

Credit: Photography Ian Gavan

What Next?

With all of this activity to date, it leaves one thinking what The Macallan can possibly do for the rest of the year, let alone the years to come. Rest assured that we will continue to report on any and all developments with one of our customer’s favourite distillers.

A Brief History of The Macallan Distillery.

One of the original farm distilleries of Speyside, Macallan was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid. In 1868, James Stuart took the lease and rebuilt the plant. His ownership ended in 1892 when he sold Macallan to one of the giants of Victorian distilling, Roderick Kemp, whose family retained ownership until the 1996 takeover by Highland Distillers (now Edrington).

The plant has continually been expanded from its original wooden shed with two stills. It was increased to five stills (two wash, three spirit) in 1954 and then more significantly in 1965 when a new stillhouse with seven stills was built. This process continued throughout the 1970s with the total number of stills reaching 21 by 1975. As mentioned above, 2018 sees the mothballing of these facilities and the opening to the public of its new £140m 36 copper pot stills distillery & visitor centre, built 800 metres away from the original and likely to increase annual production by at least 15%.

Fancy a Bottle of The Macallan Today?

As one of our customer’s favourites we always have a selection of The Macallan in our bottle shop, at the time of this post we suggest the following:

Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak

or

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak (1992)

or

The Macallan 18 Year Old Distilled in 1973

Want More Than Just a Bottle?

To find out more about how Cask 88 can help you create your very own piece of history, get a quote for your very own cask.

 

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