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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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Happy #WhiskyDay2015! To celebrate we raise a dram of The Macallan Gold, captured here at a @leica_camera event. http://t.co/Q58rhlr8Ii

27 Mar 15
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The 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge rated our exquisite Rare Cask as ‘Extraordinary’... http://t.co/1Mg2ISRvi1

26 Mar 15
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Feast your eyes on our delectable cocktails perfectly poured in partnership with @MRPORTERLIVE http://t.co/7LshGImpGE http://t.co/sdUBVVwDFS

26 Mar 15
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25 Mar 15
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As today marks #WorldWaterDay, we raise a dram of @LALIQUE Cire Perdue to our friends @charitywater... http://t.co/oiD7YW7EP3

22 Mar 15
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To celebrate @Spirit_Speyside festival we've partnered with @angelshareglass to create The Macallan whisky angel http://t.co/rIvplXnXG1

20 Mar 15
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To celebrate @Spirit_Speyside festival we've partnered with @Angelsshareglass to create The Macallan whisky angel http://t.co/rIvplXnXG1

20 Mar 15
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#HappyBirthday to our friend @JosepPituRoca! Discover how you can celebrate with him at our Ultimate Dinner... http://t.co/MC4l5YkAsT

19 Mar 15
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¡Feliz Día del Padre, amigos! Brindemos con una copa de The Macallan M #DiaDelPadre http://t.co/bAYpeMNXlW

19 Mar 15
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Today, we're raising a dram of our rich Ruby to say #HappyMothersDay - Sláinte! http://t.co/5HdmSWlOMd

15 Mar 15
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This is our idea of the perfect whisky & wardrobe pairing; Gold, @HugoBoss gloves, scarf & a @Borsalino_World fedora! http://t.co/kqq47b3xR0

13 Mar 15
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RT @V_and_A: Preparations begin for Alexander @WorldMcQueen #SavageBeauty Fashion Gala, presented by @AmexUK @KeringGroup http://t.co/9s9jM

12 Mar 15
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What better way to start the weekend than with a dram of The Macallan? Which fine single malt will you pick? http://t.co/fDDVyqZqJc

06 Mar 15
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With notes of dried fruits and sweet toffee, our 12 Years Old Sherry Oak is one to be savoured by the fire… http://t.co/mgEJejUbDi

05 Mar 15
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With hints of oranges and apples, our Sienna pairs perfectly with lobster tropical salad this #FineFoodFriday... http://t.co/GKiwue0tqk

27 Feb 15
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Join @AmericanPhoto for a behind the scenes look at our specially created #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino Edition... http://t.co/wCF3fqRcYk

26 Feb 15
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Today we dedicate #WhiskyWednesday to @GWR 'most expensive whisky ever sold at auction', The Macallan M 6-litre... http://t.co/nn9weuLvQ6

25 Feb 15
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This #FineFoodFriday we've paired our rich Ruby with pork loin, Angolian vegetables and old mustard sauce... http://t.co/aKRlf9T89X

20 Feb 15
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Happy #ChineseNewYear! @MaryinVancity has all the inspiration you need to celebrate with The Macallan http://t.co/x0rh8JjmS8

19 Feb 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we focus on our sophisticated Fine Oak collection. Which expression is your favourite? http://t.co/bUFCMX8qFe

18 Feb 15
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#HappyValentinesDay Macallan fans! Now this is our idea of the perfect pair...Photo via @_Bjornus http://t.co/qIVT8bLcLC

14 Feb 15

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