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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

The Macallan Attends SXSWi

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Capture your dinner & dram using #dramfinefood for a chance to #win a signed Roca book! Here’s ours... http://t.co/tCtCV9Kvl9

16 Apr 14
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Discover the specially crafted dishes & unique whisky parings created for this year’s #WGS2014 via @danandesther http://t.co/VB4ysIEqrC

14 Apr 14
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Thank you jeffreymbell for a 10am Old Fashioned with your delectable homemade honey syrup. http://t.co/mLKsNRm6Ry

11 Apr 14
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#FilmFriday: Pour yourself a dram & discover Elliott #Erwitt & Bob Dalgarno explore cask no. 0010068: http://t.co/DLimc9pKeb

11 Apr 14
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RT @luxurylaunches: A match made in heaven - @The_Macallan partners with @CanRocaCeller for the ultimate dinner -http://t.co/QubYJiis5l htt…

08 Apr 14
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RT @jordirocasan: With THE BOSS Bob Dalgamo, the Macallan whisky maker. http://t.co/ZGGufk1oKs

07 Apr 14
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Find out what happens when the worlds of whisky making and craft cuisine combine... http://t.co/XYN2t3ZlY6 #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
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Got a question for the Roca Brothers? Send us your questions using #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
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The Roca Brothers invite you into their El Celler de Can Roca kitchen – watch the masters at work: http://t.co/BpdI84q4y5 #MacallanMasters

07 Apr 14
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Our partner @CanRocaCeller will take #food pairing to a completely new whisky level #innovation #MacallanMasters http://t.co/fde4edY2Hx

07 Apr 14
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Today we unveil, The #MacallanMasters of Taste: a collaboration of 2 leading masters: @CanRocaCeller & @The_Macallan http://t.co/PgGjCWIzOz

07 Apr 14
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The home of the new Macallan collaboration. #macallanmasters http://t.co/YpzxyYcwEw

07 Apr 14

El Celler de Can Roca

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Find out who has captured the aroma of The Macallan... Tomorrow, 7 April http://t.co/ziuu31jcuc

06 Apr 14
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The citrus notes delivered from a zesty lemon & warming cinnamon are essential in making our 18 Years Old http://t.co/J6Hqnzd7gK

05 Apr 14
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Masters of Photography star & @leica_camera advocate Elliott #Erwitt shares his photography tips via @mymodernmet http://t.co/Qspn2nc5z6

04 Apr 14
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How does fragrant, sweet and warm sound? These are the delicious flavours delivered by cinnamon... http://t.co/qlNXALwR6g

04 Apr 14
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We find the citrus notes delivered from a lemon irresistible, what’s your favourite lemon dish? http://t.co/zvfWVZFpBF

03 Apr 14

The Shortlist

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The sweet taste of orange & the complex fragrance & flavour of vanilla is part of which expression? Sienna... http://t.co/MAOC6uBiAx

02 Apr 14

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