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The Macallan from Tree to Cask

The Importance of Wood

Grounded in an unwavering commitment to sourcing the very best sherry seasoned oak casks (the most expensive in the industry) here at The Macallan we pride ourselves on the quality of the wood that goes into making us one of the world’s truly great single malts.

The wood that provides the oak casks for the whisky maturation process travels all the way from the north of Spain and America to Jerez, Spain to be coopered into casks. See the wood on its journey from Spain to Speyside as recorded by one of our own ambassadors...

The Macallan from Tree to Cask

The distinctive character of the final whisky, reckoned to account for some 60% of the final aromas and flavours of The Macallan, comes from the interaction of the Macallan’s fine new make spirit with the wood, previously seasoned for up to two years with sherry. But don’t take our word for it, hear our very own Stuart MacPherson, Master of Wood, explain the importance of wood in creating the final Macallan product...

The Macallan Master of Wood: Stuart MacPherson

Stuart is responsible for the day to day running of the cooperage, production planning and ensuring we receive casks that meet our exacting quality standards. Sustaining the highest quality approach to wood sits at the very heart of The Macallan, which is shown in the recent launch of The Macallan 1824 Series. The casks chosen for the range deliver a gradation of colour from light to dark, with the wood character defining each expression’s flavour, moving from lighter, lemon citrus to richer, dried fruit notes.   As the whiskies become darker and richer, so the pool of casks able to deliver this character becomes smaller and rarer.

What do you think of our latest 1824 Series? Will you be trying one of the whiskies chosen for their natural colour derived from the wood character?

Did you know…

  • The Macallan’s colour is derived naturally from the oak
  • The Macallan imports more new sherry seasoned oak casks than the rest of the Scotch whisky industry combined
  • A sherry seasoned oak butt costs nine times more than a bourbon seasoned oak barrel
  • The Macallan has 173,000 casks maturing at the distillery
  • It takes 60 months from the felling of a tree to it receiving the Macallan’s new make spirit
  • We replace every tree felled with at least one new tree to ensure a sustainable production

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How would you drink #DoubleCask 12 Years Old?

16 Sep 16
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Notes of vanilla from American oak combined with rich fruit tones of European oak casks - welcome #DoubleCask 12 YO https://t.co/7lLfBGAJFm

14 Sep 16
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Why not try making the The Sherry Julep? Oloroso Sherry, maple & mint - a great mix to join #DoubleCask 12 Years Old https://t.co/RG7ueKlHQO

12 Sep 16
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Neat, over ice or mixed - The Macallan #DoubleCask 12 Years Old is one of our most versatile whiskies yet https://t.co/nJcmuoProE

09 Sep 16
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Clear some shelf space - The Macallan #DoubleCask 12 Years Old can now join Sherry Oak 12 YO and Fine Oak 12 YO https://t.co/wYw5otgtnt

07 Sep 16
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Matured in the perfect balance of sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, #DoubleCask 12 is coming soon https://t.co/2kp4JljqKh

06 Sep 16
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Introducing The Macallan #DoubleCask 12 Years Old. The perfect balance of European and American oak casks https://t.co/zJTr1litiw

05 Sep 16
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Heading back in time with some vintage Macallan for the weekend. Image from our own Master Distiller @nickJsavage https://t.co/mo1H3pRaxR

02 Sep 16
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Ok, let's play fantasy #WhiskyWednesday. This is your collection, you can pick just one, what's it going to be? https://t.co/gZsJt9ze4Z

31 Aug 16
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Monday #WhiskyEnvy arrives from @Dan_Pittet . Tag your posts of The Macallan #MyMacallan to feature https://t.co/qqaufPzSoV

29 Aug 16
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Quick #TwitterPoll. Since they launched last year, which of these have you tried?

27 Aug 16
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Friday night, why not mix up the #CrowdSourcedCocktail you created last month? https://t.co/vBURK8DVV4

26 Aug 16
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Has it really been a year since The Macallan Rare Cask Black launched? Good time for this @chidywayne repost https://t.co/0u8OiXPOBx

24 Aug 16
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Another new member of the #EasterElchies team. New General Manager, Jody Marshall, will show you a warm welcome https://t.co/n4vDIVcgcr

23 Aug 16
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Travelling via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol soon? The Macallan is Malt of the Month in duty free #AnyExcuse https://t.co/FNj2j12JpA

22 Aug 16
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Throwback to behind-the-scenes of Masters of Photography 5 with @mariotestino #WorldPhotoDay https://t.co/gvZDny9VNi

19 Aug 16
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Today we raise a glass to Willie Bremner our former ghillie, who sadly passed away this week https://t.co/f01qo0cmaf

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