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- Country: Scotland
- Region: Speyside
- Distillery status: Operational
- Type: Single Malt Whisky
- Bottle Size: 50cl
- Delivery weight: 4.00kg
- Strength: 40%
About the distillery
The Macallan distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Craigellachie, Moray. The Macallan Distillers Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group which purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 1999.
A full set of Macallan Travel series edition (4 x 50cl bottles), which depicts the style of The Macallan from the 1920's to 1950's. Each release has an illustration with of-the-era artwork featuring classic modes of transport from each decade.
To re-create the style of Macallan in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, their Master Distiller sampled bottles of The Macallan from that decade and matched their aroma and flavour with more recent distillations taken from the casks maturing in the warehouses.
During the 1920s, most Macallan produced was sold to whisky blenders as a "top dressing" single malt for their blended whiskies. The few remaining casks continued to mature their contents for longer, resulting in a whisky that was slightly drier and less toffee sweet than modern day Macallan.
During the 1930s, with coal in short supply as a result of increasing industrial activity, Macallan reverted to drying barley using peat fires. This, combined with the scarcity of oak sherry casks due to the Spanish civil war, resulted in a whisky that was both peatier and less spicy than modern day Macallan.
During the 1940s, with a shortage of sherry cask as a result of the Second World War, Macallan would refill their casks more often than is the current practice. This, combined with the use of peat to dry the barley, resulting in a whisky that was less spicy and peatier than modern day Macallan.
During the 1950s, Spanish oak sherry casks became available again following the disruption of the second world war, allowing The Macallan to revert to using only first and second fill casks. This resulted in a whisky that was as rich and spicy as modern day Macallan, but with a hint of peat smoke.
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