Nurtured by our Habitat Management Plan
Our relationship with farming, wildlife, water and forests are vital to our distillation process, and are a strong symbol of our enduring connection with nature. Our Habitat Management Plan oversees a rolling programme of protection, regeneration and enhancement projects that ensure the wildlife, landscape and ecology of our Estate flourishes for generations to come.
Land Farmed since 1543
It is believed that the word Macallan comes from “Magh Ellan”, “Magh” means fertile strip of land, and history tells us that our Estate has been farmed since 1543, a tradition that continues to this day. Almost 100 acres on our Estate are set aside for the careful tending, farming and harvest of our own variety of barley, unique to The Macallan.
This precious crop is crafted into rare-spirit expressions and special editions of our single malt which honour our heritage and home of The Macallan, such as The Macallan Estate. It is our aim to achieve the highest independent certification for our Estate farmed barley by 2022 via the FSA standards Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform - Farm Sustainability 2.0 (SAIP).