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Tales of The Macallan Volume I

A homage to Captain John Grant, whose contribution shaped the legacy of The Macallan.

One of The Macallan’s Early Pioneers

Tales of The Macallan Volume I pays tribute to Captain John Grant, Laird of Easter Elchies. The story of Captain John Grant, The Macallan’s first true custodian, tells the tale of a realisation of a dream, the transformation of a landscape and a new beginning. Living and working on Easter Elchies Estate, he paved the way for The Macallan and cultivated the influence of nature and community spirit. 

This is the first edition in a remarkable series of single malt whiskies that pay tribute to The Macallan Pioneers and their stories. 

Encased in a Lalique crystal decanter, the rare whisky distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2021 is concealed within an extraordinary 800-page almanac. The book tells the story of Captain John Grant and features beautiful illustrations by renowned illustrator and artist, Andrew Davidson.

Tales of the Macallan Volume I Mood Shot bottle in front of closed book
Tales of the Macallan Volume I Mood Shot bottle in open book

A Creative Collaboration

The exquisite, handcrafted crystal decanter that encases this distinguished and rare expression was created by our long-standing collaborator, master French crystal maker Lalique. The decanter is concealed within an extraordinary almanac book made by traditional bookmaking company Shepherds Bookbinders, featuring beautiful illustrations by British artist and illustrator, Andrew Davidson.

Andrew Davidson drew on the stories from Captain John Grant’s life and his ties to Easter Elchies Estate to create stunning wood engraved prints. A true work of art, each chapter tells the story of Captain John Grant through his illustrations, which are also etched into the crystal Lalique decanter which encapsulates the precious spirit.

Discover The Collaboration

Exceptional Character

This distinctive and rare single malt was carefully crafted by The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker, Sarah Burgess. Distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2021, it was selected for its exceptional flavour and character. A sublime whisky, it is a celebration of the life and legacy of Captain John Grant.

Wood spices, sweet wood smoke and antique oak are omnipresent and beautifully complement the delicate symphony of ripe fruits and spices.

The Experience

  • Colour

    Golden Aiguillette.

  • Nose

    Grapefruit zest, antique oak, vanilla, melon, wood smoke, nutmeg, ripe plum and almond.

  • Palate

    Peach and apple, wood spice with ginger and hints of clove, sweet wood smoke and Yuzu.

  • Finish

    A medium finish with citrus and sweet oak.

  • ABV

    44.6%

Tales of the Macallan Volume I Mood Shot bottle detail of Andrew Davidson illustration