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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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Looking for Christmas dram inspiration? @NicoleGibbons recommends our stylish 12 Years Old... http://t.co/XLjANaD5vm http://t.co/74RcJewBQs

19 Dec 14
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Visit The Moment to discover food & whisky pairings from our friends in Africa #dramfinefood http://t.co/I0MPAGxjLy http://t.co/D5O4Sb8kww

18 Dec 14

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Behold the ultimate whisky glass to savour your dram…The Macallan Glass by @Lalique http://t.co/UQ7Oy2covb

17 Dec 14
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Behold the ultimate whisky glass to savour you dram…The Macallan Glass by @LALIQUE http://t.co/TLAUqVqewD

17 Dec 14
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Gold, Amber, Sienna, Ruby – which whisky is on your Christmas list? #The1824Series http://t.co/WeTb0b1VwN

12 Dec 14
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Get in the festive spirit with The Macallan Rob Roy - @tonightsdram shared this shot of his #RobRoy made with Amber http://t.co/gZBZxDdiLx

11 Dec 14
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Today we celebrate @SteveBooker’s shot of our 1824 Series, showcasing the natural colours of our precious single malt http://t.co/XJ0HMeBlva

05 Dec 14
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Join us behind the scenes for The #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino edition. Can you spot our iconic 18 Years Old? http://t.co/CmWtvDpS66

04 Dec 14
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RT @USMacallan: Follow along 12/3 as @OneDapperStreet goes behind the scenes at The Masters of Photography 5 w/ @MarioTestino. #MacallanMas

02 Dec 14
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Dark,rich & satisfying Oscuro from our 1824 Collection offers notes of figs, oranges & apples http://t.co/rdrYXAybKR

03 Dec 14
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Congratulations to our friends Joan, Josep & @jordirocasan for maintaining three Michelin Stars at @CanRocaCeller http://t.co/e0vMucT7c0

28 Nov 14
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#HappyThanksgiving! See @Huckberry’s great timeless ‘Guide to Thanksgiving’ for dram inspiration... http://t.co/aTS0oj5rch

27 Nov 14
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Feast your eyes on our #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino edition featuring six hidden whiskies.. http://t.co/T6KFDTEi8N

26 Nov 14
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Introducing The Macallan glass by @LALIQUE - discover more on our new nosing & tasting glass http://t.co/xT2ZGrehOW http://t.co/AWXJ3f3qzv

21 Nov 14

The Macallan glass by Lalique

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#TBT to a behind the scenes shot of our Sherry Oak 12 Years Old on set with Mario Testino for #MacallanMasters http://t.co/ypTbYZsbep

20 Nov 14
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RT @stevebooker: Here's my last shot from @The_Macallan Instagram takeover, I hope you guys have enjoyed it! http://t.co/pUpzyLV6zT http://…

13 Nov 14
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RT @stevebooker: New image on @The_Macallan feed, go give it a like. The Tasting Experience was incredible. http://t.co/bW8lUHkJR7" target="_blank">http://t.co/bW8lUHkJR7 http://t

12 Nov 14
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RT @stevebooker: My third shot is now up on the @The_Macallan feed, check it out. Can you believe this room?! http://t.co/BkIggQMdH5 http:/…

12 Nov 14
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RT @stevebooker: My second shot is now up on @The_Macallan Instagram go and take a look. http://t.co/cFKSuUkPP8 http://t.co/hVbaEIgCDI

12 Nov 14
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RT @stevebooker: Guys, go and check out my first image over on @The_Macallan instagram! http://t.co/g0GFAVGYWj http://t.co/vVYgtF1YBR

12 Nov 14

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