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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 Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we’re toasting Rare Cask. This exquisite whisky offers notes of dried fruits & treacle http://t.co/V2gjrDuhTy

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Our #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino Edition is created from 6 specially selected unique casks http://t.co/2k7807VTJN

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The final instalment in our #MacallanMasters of Photography throwback is #Erwitt. He captured our home beautifully... http://t.co/MwE1tGap4M

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Today we look back at #MacallanMasters of Photography 3, which featured actor @TheRealKMcKidd shot by @annieleibovitz http://t.co/RPx10PHBlo

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One of the world’s largest collections of The Macallan Fine and Rare whiskies fetched US$431,322 @zachysauctions http://t.co/Y7s3PszLDv

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Today we look back at #MacallanMasters of Photography 2 Albert Watson who depicted the epic journey of our oak casks http://t.co/X4RQZUNcZ3

26 Sep 14
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In anticipation of Masters of Photography 5, feast your eyes on our 1st series by @rankinphoto #MacallanMasters http://t.co/oU9ZzLYyXQ

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What would be your #FineFoodFriday pairing? @LAubergeBR enjoyed our 25 Years Old Sherry Oak with a succulent steak... http://t.co/aJPqmtRyRp

19 Sep 14
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Today we unveil Rare Cask, Reflexion & No.6. The 3 decanters, together with M, complete The 1824 Masters Series http://t.co/8s9zzms4mE

18 Sep 14

Introducing The 1824 Masters Series

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we’re savouring Amber – can you detect the notes of vanilla & citrus? http://t.co/ipXUxgreij

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How does our most exclusive whiskies paired with a menu from @CanRocaCeller sound? Find out more via @Pursuitist http://t.co/101rGPCrLY

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Macallan fan @ariarevyan captured our 12 Years Old in #Chicago - where do you enjoy a dram? http://t.co/smELQ7AhNW

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This #FineFoodFriday we’re pairing ceviche of Scottish salmon with orange & fennel with Sienna http://t.co/l7JWGl4kd4

05 Sep 14
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This #FineFoodFriday we’re pairing ceviche of Scottish salmon with orange & fennel with Sienna http://t.co/tHtE9KBrY7

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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Discover this stunning drawing created by artist, Monica Lee featuring The Macallan... http://t.co/6wEoQnqlOR

03 Sep 14
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Our 25 Years Old Fine Oak contains intense fruity notes. Discover more about this rich dram via @drinkdistiller http://t.co/G6tckR4vAC

29 Aug 14
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The Macallan continues to be one of the most sought after whiskies at auction, discover more via @McTears http://t.co/F3SWtQ0MPl

28 Aug 14
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we're celebrating our smooth & sweet 12 Years Old Sherry Oak. Image via @LifestyleAsia http://t.co/MiXEjt850r

27 Aug 14
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Indulge in the ultimate dining experience with @CanRocaCeller & @The_Macallan. Find out how via @givetruly http://t.co/xeD9KPbSCc

22 Aug 14
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Discover which of our exquisite 1824 Series whiskies came out on top at @KensingtonWM’s blind tasting http://t.co/5ZHxAfJvPC

21 Aug 14
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Which Macallan dram do you enjoy on a summer's night? Discover @tonightsdram savouring Gold http://t.co/saLYwyIqOe

20 Aug 14

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