Latest update: July 15th 2013
MACALLAN DISTILLERY PICTURES
The pictures in the slide show at the right, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
The last visit during the Speyside section of my 2006 tour took me to one of the best-known distilleries, Macallan. Their reputation is thus that some people call it the Rolls Royce of whiskies. Just outside Craigellachie, close to the river Spey, you will find the distillery. Surrounded by fields, on which they grown their own barley. As Macallan is one of the few that besides Optic, still uses Golden Promise, they grow part of this barley themselves.
Arriving at the distillery you will see some houses on the distillery site. These are still used by distillery workers, providing Macallan with staff that is close to the distillery. A little walk to Easter Elchies is of course something you have to do. Easter Elchies, which is known for Macallan’s packaging, houses the offices of the distillery. Only sad they build the new offices adjacent to Easter Elchies.
At the distillery, sadly enough, I wasn’t allowed to make any pictures. The distillery is not much different to any other, if not for the still house. This looks rather strange, as stills are scattered all over the still room in a rather strange way. With these small stills it looks quite nice however.
Macallan has a large facility in which they show the visitor the importance of the right oak for the casks. You also have an opportunity to smell things, so you can find out how things smell, which you later will recognize in your whiskies. This part of the tour is especially interesting, as it is something that you won’t see that often.
As I had booked a special tour, my visit ended with a tasting session. They surely did everything to show their best their finishing with a 30-year old Macallan.
Their shop is, of course well stocked with all Macallan versions, as well as some of the other Edrington brands.