The Macallan has an experienced ‘sampling team’ who draw samples from shortlisted casks, carefully label and hand deliver them to the Whisky Makers bench. At the bench, the Whisky Makers meticulously assess each sample. They consider the natural colour and nose the complex aromas. An amazingly diverse selection of whisky samples crosses The Macallan Whisky Makers’ bench every day. Most of these whiskies are then combined to make The Macallan whisky in question, although some may reveal a greater potential, an indication of something more.
These whiskies that show promise of something extraordinary will be returned to the warehouse for deeper and longer maturation, as the choice on the length of maturity is intrinsic to the result.
The journey from an acorn deep in the woods through the bodegas and distillery, to appreciating the whisky in your glass is lengthy. It is neither hurried nor taken for granted, but is filled with intention and unwavering focus. By investing in the full journey we ensure that the wisdom we’ve accrued, the risks we’ve taken and the conscious decisions we’ve made to choose something greater are discernible in each and every sip of The Macallan.