This is the moment.
Make it last.

Learn More

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

The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Launches in Harrods

tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Macallan fan, Lee Bouldon enjoys a dram in stylish M glassware, how do you enjoy yours? http://t.co/DyP63hO0sU

23 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Today we take you into the window of @Harrods with images from our ultimate gentlemen's experience #TheMacallanLounge http://t.co/dikM5bwZKv

18 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Thank you to everyone who visited #TheMacallanLounge in @Harrods & for sharing your photos http://t.co/rvJ8GWJR0G

16 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Congratulations @GuyClapperton, you’re the winner of a wet shave from @therefineryspa, a @RojaDove candle & M glassware! #TheMacallanLounge

15 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

Leica Camera AG

@leica_camera

RT @leica_camera: Joseph Goric shares his enthusiasm for photography & his image from @The_Macallan's Masters of Photography contest: http:…

11 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

In celebration of #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods RT to #win a wet shave from @therefineryspa, a @RojaDove candle & M glassware [UK only]

10 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Today’s your last chance to visit #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods. Share your images of #The1824Series & grooming from @therefineryspa, 2-6pm.

10 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

RT to #win a wet shave from @therefineryspa, a @RojaDove candle & M glassware in celebration of #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods [UK only]

09 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Capture & share your images from #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods now until 10 July, 2-6pm. Enjoy #The1824Series & grooming from @therefineryspa

09 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

RT to #win a wet shave from @therefineryspa, a @RojaDove candle & M glassware in celebration of #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods [UK only]

08 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

In celebration of #TheMacallanLounge @Harrods RT to #win a wet shave from @therefineryspa, a @RojaDove candle & M glassware [UK only]

08 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Visit us in @Harrods & enjoy a dram from #The1824Series until 10 July, 2-6pm. Share a snap of your experience using #TheMacallanLounge

07 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

Harrods

@Harrods

RT @Harrods: Come and join us this week in the @The_Macallan Lifestyle Lounge on our Ground Floor. #HarrodsFood http://t.co/gzrefwV4aK

07 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

If you're in #London visit #TheMacallanLounge in the windows of @Harrods & enjoy #The1824Series until 10 July, 2-6pm http://t.co/c1KZqSG6jf

05 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #4thofJuly to all of our American friends around the world! We raise a dram of our 12 Years Old Sherry Oak... http://t.co/0gS4ewF7dJ

04 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

This week, you can find us at the most luxurious address in Knightsbridge. Can you guess where? #TheMacallanLounge http://t.co/ZpROTPtSdW

01 Jul 14
tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

We're taking up residence in the world's most famous luxury department store. Can you guess where? #TheMacallanLounge http://t.co/m9ERl5Lh4c

01 Jul 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Join The Macallan’s David Cox & discover Lalique V: The Spiritual Home via @FrontiersMag http://t.co/5pr3d0xESc

25 Jun 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

‘The King of the Spirits Cabinet’...discover The Macallan 62 Years Old in Lalique via @EsquireUK http://t.co/BWNoTfIYaj

20 Jun 14
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Grab a dram and join us for our final @CanRocaCeller instalment as we meet dessert man, Jordi Roca...http://t.co/WLYyqZ8H5k #MacallanMasters

19 Jun 14

Jordi Roca

tweet thumbnail
The Macallan twitter avatar

The Macallan

@the_macallan

Happy #FathersDay to all those celebrating around the world! What better way to celebrate than with a Macallan dram? http://t.co/rxzjAMWWcf

15 Jun 14

Josep Roca

Joan Roca

Behind the scenes at El Celler De Can Roca

The Winners

El Celler de Can Roca

The Shortlist

The Macallan Attends SXSWi

Masters of Photography: Master Class

The Macallan’s characters captured continued...

The Macallan’s characters captured

The Straits Adventure

Meeting Elliott Erwitt by Leica’s Robin Sinha

Elliott Erwitt brings his Great Scottish Adventure to Mexico

Sean Lee-Davies captures the character of Hong Kong

Vladimir Vyatkin captures the character of Russia

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition UK launch

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition LA launch

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition

Lalique 62

Introducing The Macallan in Lalique V: The Spiritual Home

The Macallan M Liquid

UK Launch of M Decanter

The Importance of Wood

The 1824 series unveiled

Joy Elliott: The Macallan Brand Ambassador

Explore the Macallan I am of legal drinking age in my country

By entering our website you agree to our
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

 

 

Please drink responsibly.

The Macallan