EX­QUIS­ITE COCK­TAILS

Take a look in­side The Ma­callan’s re­cently re­vamped dis­tillery and the brand’s 1824 Masters Series.

Exquisite Taste - - Contents -

You know the whiskies, now dis­cover the be­hind the scenes magic with The Ma­callan new dis­tillery and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

For al­most two cen­turies, the name The Ma­callan has res­onated with class, re­fined taste and ar­ti­san metic­u­lous­ness. De­bat­ably the world's num­ber one sin­gle malt whisky brand, The Ma­callan takes qual­ity and char­ac­ter very se­ri­ously in re­gard to its set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples, the Six Pil­lars, re­sult­ing in a se­lec­tion of out­stand­ing, sought-af­ter whiskies.

The Ma­callan is not just a whisky brand, it's a house­hold name that goes be­yond the malt. For ex­am­ple, the brand has suc­cess­fully in­cor­po­rated the art of pho­tog­ra­phy into the art of whisky with The Ma­callan Masters of Pho­tog­ra­phy series, where the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the whisky are brought to life through im­ages and even film. In a nut­shell, The Ma­callan is more than a drink, it's a lifestyle. So when

Edring­ton – the in­ter­na­tional pre­mium spir­its com­pany to which the brand be­longs – an­nounced ear­lier this year that a new and im­proved dis­tillery would open its doors for a be­spoke vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence, whisky en­thu­si­asts around the world re­joiced.

Since its con­cep­tion in 1824, The Ma­callan has called the pic­turesque Easter Elchies es­tate in Spey­side home. Now the en­hanced “home” show­cases stun­ning ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders, a mod­ern es­tab­lish­ment built into the nat­u­ral slope of the land, main­tain­ing the Spey­side land­scape as much as pos­si­ble.

The build­ing be­gan in De­cem­ber 2014, and while it took quite a while and no less than £140 mil­lion to turn the dis­tillery into what it is now, it was all well worth it. Not only is the dis­tillery a sight to be­hold, an awe-in­duc­ing des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors and afi­ciona­dos, but it also al­lows pro­duc­tion to in­crease by a third – meet­ing the de­mand that keeps grow­ing.

Bring­ing the best in the busi­ness, the dis­tillery is de­signed by in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected ar­chi­tect, Rogers Stirk Har­bour + Part­ners, with stills crafted by Scot­tish cop­per­smiths Forsyths, which has been with the brand since the 1950s. Ap­prox­i­mately 400 peo­ple spe­cial­is­ing in about 20 dif­fer­ent fields were in­volved in the un­der­tak­ing.

For both whisky con­nois­seurs and novices, the dis­tillery al­lows ac­cess to the par­tic­u­lar be­hind-the-scenes process that makes up the liq­uid gold we all know and love. To learn about each el­e­ment in­volved in the mak­ing and to have a sip – or two, or more – of the top sin­gle malt se­lec­tion, while en­joy­ing the breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral sur­round­ing is just pre­cious.

The Ma­callan Creative Di­rec­tor Ken

Grier mused, “As The Ma­callan has grown glob­ally it has been very im­por­tant that we make sure we can sus­tain de­mand for this won­der­ful am­ber liq­uid. We've taken ex­cep­tional care in mak­ing sure that the spirit that is pro­duced in the new dis­tillery is iden­ti­cal to the spirit that we pro­duced in our pre­vi­ous dis­tillery. This is the begin­ning of a re­ally ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in the evo­lu­tion of this won­der­ful brand that is The Ma­callan.”

The Ma­callan (themacallan.com)

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