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The Macallan Red Collection 78 Years Old

The Red Collection - 78 Years Old

78 Years in the Making

The Macallan Red Collection reflects our deep respect for time, tradition and craftsmanship. It is a celebration of the rich range of reds present naturally in The Macallan—in every step of the process.

The distinctive red colour weaves its way through our history, starting with the name of our founder Alexander Reid—literally “The Red”, to The Macallan’s ‘Choice Old’ range released over a century ago in 1903, through to Allan Shiach marking vintage bottles of The Macallan with a red ribbon in the 1980s.

Patient Maturation

The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess, presents a peerless single malt whisky that has slowly matured over seven extraordinary decades under the watchful eye of generations of whisky makers, until it has reached this perfect moment of maturation. The ‘new make’ spirit from The Macallan’s small copper stills was laid down in hand-picked oak casks and left to mature for seventy eight years, making it the oldest release from The Macallan to date.

During these decades of slumber, the carefully selected wood shaped the unique character of the whisky delivering the natural colour, distinctive aromas and full flavours of this aged single malt.

It has been an amazing and incredibly memorable experience to nose and carefully select the casks for The Red Collection. Creating this wonderful range simply would not have been possible without the skill and experience of the current whisky team, combined with previous generations of whisky mastery at The Macallan.

Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker at The Macallan

The Experience

  • Colour

    Sunset on the Spey

  • Nose

    A fresh fruit medley of apple, peach and grape moving into fresh lime and verbena. Antique oak and soft leather move quickly into a luxurious dark chocolate and dried fruit sensation. The dried fruits are a balance of dates and raisins. Finally, a rich inviting vanilla cake.

  • Palate

    Warming oak spice of nutmeg and ginger open into the rich dried fruits of raisin, prune, date and a hint of almond nuttiness. The oak rich whisky is warming yet dry with powerful treacle toffee and a baked apple sweetness.  

  • Finish

    A long thought provoking finish, all of the flavours from the nose and the taste make an appearance in this finish….Remarkable.

  • ABV

    42.2%

  • Whisky Maker

    Sarah Burgess

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Presentation

The oak presentation box is crafted by hand in the UK, using the same sustainable European oak we use to make our casks. The box has been beautifully upholstered with sustainably sourced, soft scottish leather from our renowned partners, Bridge of Weir Leather.

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