Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch
Producer: The Macallan Distillery
Owner: The Edrington Group [Highland Distillers] Website: http://www.themacallan.com/
Origin: Speyside Scotland
The Macallan Distillery was first licensed to sell whisky in 1824 by founder Alexander Reid (though–like most distilleries–it was probably producing illegally long before that). The name is said to be derived from magh (translated as “fertile piece of ground” and ellan (translated as “of St Fillan: an Irish monk from the 8th century). Macallan is one of the few distilleries that grows their own barley–it could be declared “estate whisky” in a sense. Their 370 acre farmland currently devotes 70 acres to barley for scotch. They hold an extensive warehouse and all their scotches are considered a “marriage” from different types of maturation.
The Macallan Select Oak single malt scotch is one of the four whiskies comprising the 1824 Collection in the fall of 2008. The line was overseen by the Edrington Group’s John Ramsey and meant to showcase “the spectrum of flavour characteristics from The Macallan.”