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Journeys through Time

The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection

Capturing the Spirit of the 20th Century.

Photography by Tim Walker, inspired by The Macallan Estate.

Shared Memories

Of A Moment and Place

There are moments when we may pause in our busy lives, close our eyes and think of those who came before; those whose labours and laughter, triumphs and tears, have shaped the world we know today. We may see them through an image, or through the written pages of history, or in the shared memories of our elders. Very occasionally they can speak to us more directly, through a medium we can consume, allowing us to drink the fruits of their endeavours. Such opportunities are rare, very rare. The collection of vintage single malt whiskies in The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection provides one of those opportunities.

Launched early this century, The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection has grown to become the largest assembly of vintage-dated, single malt whiskies in the world.

These fifty-seven bottlings are products of nature’s gentle process, undisturbed for decades in sherry seasoned oak casks. While the year each was bottled is specific, their longevity is open ended. Should they so wish, their guardians and their descendants could elect to keep them forever.
 
Together, these bottlings make up a family of remarkable individuals, spanning eight decades, the product of skilled generations of craftspeople. Left to slumber, they have achieved uncompromised excellence. While the world has never stopped spinning since the first cask, from 1926, was broached, these spirited bottles will remain constant and true, growing in esteem. Who can say what tomorrow will bring?

Nurtured by nature on the beautiful Macallan Estate, following time-honoured distillation, these whiskies invite the long view. It will be down to an understandably select, discerning few to determine at precisely which point in the future they should be enjoyed to the full.

Constant and True

Capturing Time

A bottle from each decade has been photographed, carefully captured with subtly complementary objects that reflect the era.

While it is in the character of The Macallan - and the people who make it - never to seize the limelight, for once, these exceptionally rare bottles can take centre stage in portraits that are love letters to the Highlands and Speyside. Ambassadors celebrating an extraordinary passage of time, each is the creation of an extraordinary place.

The Macallan David Cox portrait for Fine & Rare

Each vintage is a precious reminder that we write our own stories. That over the horizon, new summits, new challenges await… These vintages are a tribute to those who strive, to those who care, to those who dare.

David Cox, Former Director of The Macallan’s Fine & Rare Collection

A Bridge between the Past and the Future

Indeed, The Macallan’s Fine & Rare vintages bridge the past and the future. They are each unique and beautiful. They distil those elements that confer greatness on The Macallan and, in doing so, on those who made them. They are, as one collection, the sensory proof that the skill, vision and passion that have long characterised one of the world’s greatest spirits remain as sacrosanct today as they have always been.

Back in 2002, we launched the Fine & Rare Collection with 37 different bottlings. Nearly 20 years on, we have 57 different vintage bottlings, with new releases planned. Today, if you want to behold the timeless beauty of The Macallan in one place, then it is here. These thoughtfully selected vintages represent a bond of trust between maker and receiver, a journey through time that delights our senses, and last, but not least, a veritable window into the soul of The Macallan.

Download the Decades

Marks of Distinction

The Passing of Time: A look into The Macallan's Fine & Rare Collection

Love letters to the Highlands, Speyside and the Distillery at the heart of The Macallan.

The Macallan Double Cask

In collaboration with Steve McCurry

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