Barley farmers on the Easter Elchies estate by the Spey at Craigellachie made whisky from their own barley since the Middle Ages. The name Macallan derives from the Macallan church, now a ruin, on the Easter Elchies estate.
The Macallan, one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed in 1824 has built a reputation for producing great Speyside malt – one of the world’s truly great whiskies – recognised for the quality of its single malt whisky above all else.
The river Spey, one of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers, borders the estate to the south and south-east. The scale and diversity of the estate is unique among distilleries and is managed in harmony with the beautiful landscape. Farmers have been growing barley on the lands around The Macallan distillery for centuries, distilling their surplus barley during the quieter winter months. The Macallan’s stills are the smallest on Speyside. The care with which every aspect of the operation is conducted, have given this prime whisky the title of “the Rolls Royce of single malts” courteously referred to as ‘The Macallan’. Smooth, soft, dry-sherried, intensely flowery and full of unique character.