At the heart of our beautiful estate, a warm greeting awaits all who visit.
The The Masters of Spirit
The foundation for all Macallan lies with the ‘new make’ spirit; from the quality of the barley, to the soft spring water from boreholes on The Macallan estate, to the final distillation in our curiously small spirit stills – the smallest on Speyside.
Over 40 farmers exclusively grow Minstrel barley for The Macallan. Low in nitrogen and high in starch it contributes to the characteristically rich, oily character of the ‘new make’ spirit, so important for long wood ageing, especially in Spanish oak casks.
The unique size and shape of our stills gives the spirit maximum contact with the copper, helping to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit which, combined with the finest cut that takes only the best 16% from the distillation to fill to cask, provide those rich, fruity, full-bodied flavours so characteristic of The Macallan.
For more information please watch our introduction.
The The Masters of Wood
The Macallan’s oak maturation casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan.
We control the whole journey from forest to cask for both our Spanish and American oak sherry seasoned casks, and buy only the best of barrels from premium bourbon producers.
A study commissioned exclusively by, and for, The Macallan showed that the casks account for some 60% of the final aromas and flavours, so we invest heavily in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for our casks. The Macallan alone accounts for some 65% of fresh sherry seasoned oak casks, the most expensive of all, imported into Scotland for maturing whisky.
For more information please see our brand book.
Visit the Macallan Estate
New for 2014 – The Six Pillars Tour
Much like our curiously small stills, our small groups are limited to just 10 people to ensure a luxurious, personal experience. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will explain how we create The Macallan's rich spirit in a working still house and introduce you to the ‘Six Pillars’. You will learn how our unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colours, aromas and flavours that set The Macallan apart. After a thorough immersion into the world of The Macallan, you will experience a nosing and tasting of four The Macallan whiskies as well as their very foundation, our wonderfully rich new make spirit.
Tour duration: approx. 2 hours 15 minutes.
Price per person - £15
Booking is essential for all tours. Only children aged 8+ are permitted. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 10 people.
To book please contact:
+44 1340 872 280 or email
October to Easter
Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.00pm
Easter to September
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-6.00pm
AddressThe Macallan Visitor Centre, The Macallan Distilleries Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, AB38 9RX, Scotland 57.48464722087799;-3.206955099999959