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Macallan Distillery

Craigellachie , Aberlour, Moray, AB38 9RX, Scotland
Tel: +44 1340 871 471
Fax: +44 1340 871 212


Articles (24)

Ask the expert
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

September 2008, Issue 74, page 36

Ask the expert
I have a very old (40 years plus) bottle of Hector MacDonald Glen Mist Whisky Liqueur priced at 40/- shillings, bottled by Savermo of London. The wax seal around the cork is broken but the cork is int...

October 2010, Issue 91, page 73

Bottling it up
Martin Isark uncovers the conspiract: whisky does in fact evolve in the bottle, not just the barrel

November 2002, Issue 27, page 38

Called to the bar
Whisky Magazine's barfly Kate Portman heads to the bright lights of the big city to investigate some great drinking spots.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 58

Class Acts
The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.

September 2011, Issue 98, page 6

Colourful Characters
The Macallan: A New Era of Single malt Whisky Creation

September 2012, Issue 106, page 26

Cutting no corners (The Macallan)
The Macallan is one of the truly iconic distilleries but it is not resting on its laurels. Dominic Roskrow went to stay there

April 2007, Issue 63, page 32

En parade
As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations Rob Allanson headed up to Speyside as the magazine was invited to lay down a couple of special barrels at The Macallan Distillery.

September 2008, Issue 74, page 18

Four Royal bottles
A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion

June 2013, Issue 112, page 79

Icons of Whisky 2009
Following months of debate,scrutiny and several exhaustive rounds of voting,we finally reveal who has topped the Whisky Magazine charts.

February 2009, Issue 78, page 15

Is it a bear or a bull?
John Rose with another selection of outstanding collectible bottles

July 2006, Issue 57, page 62

Life through a lens
Rob Allanson goes behind the scenes of The Macallan's latest ambitious project and gains exclusive access to the people involved.

January 2009, Issue 77, page 14

Recording the journey
Our man meets photographic legend Albert Watson to discuss his latest project with the Macallan

December 2010, Issue 92, page 26

Rising stars
The search is nearly over for the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the final round of the regional voting our focus turns to the ‘rest of the world'.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 6

Singularly malt cocktails
Gary Regan is currently in hog heaven. Critics believe that he desecrated 'precious malt whisky' live on American television, but malt whisky cocktails aren't quite as strange as you may think

February 2001, Issue 14, page 36

Speyside festival preview
It's bigger, it's better and it's back – yes, once again, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is upon us and the organisers promise a host of good things. Ian Buxton investigates

May 2002, Issue 22, page 34

Spirit of inspiration
Martine Nouet introduces two superb whisky recipes courtesy of innovators from the famous grouse experience and trhe Macallan

November 2002, Issue 27, page 52

The Colourful World of The Macallan
More of what you love from The Macallan

April 2013, Issue 111, page 24

The essential guide to Speyside bars
David Stirk is 'entertained in a truly Scottish manner' during his five-day whistle stop tour of Speyside allowing him to bring you the definitive guide to Speyside's best bars

April 2001, Issue 15, page 48

The Heart of the Matter
Joel Harrison explores the iconic whisky making region

October 2012, Issue 107, page 42

The Macallan Essence
We report on The Macallan's latest photographic adventure

June 2012, Issue 104, page 22

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

February 2008, Issue 70, page 34

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

June 2008, Issue 72, page 32

Under the Hammer
In this 100th Edition of the Whisky Magazine which was first printed on the 20th November 1998, John Rose has selected six bottles at the price collectors could have bought them at auction in that yea...

December 2011, Issue 100, page 96

Whiskies (35)

Adelphi The Macallan 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 I prefer my Macallan with its typical sherry character.

Cask Collection Macallan
- Scotland - 57.40%
7 A generously proportioned beauty.

Celtic Heartlands The Macallan 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20%
7 Dry Oloroso is a very good idea.

Dewar Rattray The Macallan 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60%
7 A very odd Macallan. Perhaps a very odd cask.

Dewar Rattray The Macallan 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30%
7 Puts me in mind of an aged Tequila, with a big splash of lime.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Dewar Rattray The Macallan 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40%
8 A beautifully combined aromatic display with a caressing texture. Delicious.

Douglas Laing The Macallan 16 Years Old, Burgundy Finish, The Vintage House
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 A real finesse, some thinness too. But Twiggy was a popular model in her time, wasn't she?

Gordon & MacPhail The Macallan 1993 Speymalt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Another unusual Macallan. Well-balanced. No sherry overload. Second-or third-fill maybe. Or a Fino cask?

Montgomerie's The Macallan 1989 Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Macallan in disguise. Impossible to recognise blind. So unusual but really attractive.

Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan 1977 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
8 This is a very decent example of an independent bottling.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old & Rare Platinum The Macallan, 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.20%
8 Have this without water. Hinting at complexity.

Old Malt Cask Macallan 1986 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 A good deliveryof oak and fruit,well combined. Quite a spicy character.

Old Malt Cask The Macallan (Rum Finish), 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 All rather insubstantial but attractive enough though.

Provenance Macallan 1998 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Definitely a summer dram. Fresh like a lemon soda. To be enjoyed with a smoked salmon sandwich.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Macallan 11 Years Old, 24.48
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
7 It is always interesting to taste a Macallan that is less sherried than usual. This one could have been rounder.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Very satisfying.

The Macallan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Modern-day Macallan. Full of flavour but neither cloying nor overwhelming.

The Macallan 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 With its distinctly reddish chestnut colour, this is clearly well sherried. An uncomplicated, robust, Macallan. Simply delicious.

The Macallan 10 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 The extra two years have made this a little drier, and it still lacks complexity. Improvement to come here.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Can a malt be both popular and good? Of course, but not if your taste is determined by elitism. (The same applies to musicians, writers, etc).

The Macallan 12 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Starting to get there now. The qualitative jump from 10 to 12 is exactly parallel to that in sherried expressions. I'd buy this one!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 15 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 This is getting difficult, but the 12 Years Old still just edges it for me.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
9 A lovely whisky in its own right, but not quite as layered as the best vintages.

The Macallan 18 Years Old, Fine Oak
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 A lovely, elegant yet large whisky. Why would you ever use sherry wood?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1926, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 A privilege to taste such an old whisky but I just cannot handle such woody astringency.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1937, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Blindfold, I am not sure I would not recognise this as a Macallan until that familiar finish.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1937, 37 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 With a colour close to that of today's product and a bright clarity, this visually recalled some of the yet-older Macallans that have inspired replica editions.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1940, 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Not quite the complexity of the 1946 and 1948. Oaky woodiness begins to intrude.

The Macallan 1945, 56 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50%
8 Very lively, but ill-tempered. I kept expecting it to propose the return of military service, or demand that I had my hair cut.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1946, 52 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 A whisky of seductive charm.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like this.

The Macallan 1948, 51 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
9 Drink it and travel back in time. It is one of the finest malts I have ever tasted.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Macallan 1949, 50 Years Old, Millennium
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 A beautifully composed, luxurious whisky.

The Macallan 1949, 52 Years Old, Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.10%
8 Not much evidence of alcohol. Elegant but frail. Doesn't approach the 1948 I tasted a few years ago.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Macallan 1951 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.60%
8 I am a great devotee of the older Macallans, but this one is too woody for me.

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