Extensive website, with history of the distillery, Easter Elchies House and the Estate surrounding it. Also includes detailed explanation of the making of The Macallan whisky, plus an opportunity to register for The Macallan Club to receive information about releases and special offers.
The Macallan is open to the public and conducts two levels of tours, the Experience and the Precious Tour, the latter including a tutored nosing and tasting. Monday to Friday throughout the year, Saturdays between Easter and august. See website for opening times.
The Macallan's address includes Craigellachie, though the distillery is actually on the opposite bank of the Spey. The Macallan's stills are "curiously" small, with steeply descending lyne arms - but there are a lot of them. A second production house was brought into use in 2009 - actually a recommissioning of the original production area. With the two production houses, there are two mash tuns of different shape and size, hence the difference in mash times.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk Undiscovered Scotland
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (13 miles), Keith (KEH) (14) or Huntly (HNT) (21). Live train times: ELG, KEH, HNT. From Craigellachie/Aberlour, the road to Macallan is a sharp turn back on yourself from the A94 on to the B9102 and up the hill, but it's very clearly signposted.
For many years The Macallan was an exclusively sherry cask product at various age statements. In 2004 the Fine Oak range was added, which introduced an element of bourbon matured Macallan. Both these ranges have been replaced by non-age statement c olour themed whisky, exclusively sherry matured - Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. In my view nowhere as good as the previous offerings.
Macallan have produced extensive ranges of own bottlings, only Glenfarclas come close in the bottles released - the Fine & Rare range featured on the website starts with a 60yo distilled in 1926 (though I'm not sure where you can buy it or what you'd have to pay)! They also have a range released in Lalique crystal decanters - again at great age and price, and again featuring a 60yo, though more recently bottled.
Independent bottlings are also quite common, those bottled by Gordon & MacPhail are known as Speymalt - ths range also includes some very old whisky - the 65yo distilled in 1938 is a remarkable whisky - I tasted this at the Whisky Show in 2009 - TWE now have this available at £4,500 (make that £7,200 - August 2014).
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:or Forres
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Stuarts Cycles & Sports Goods 32 High Street, Forres 01309 672432
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with damaged tyre.
Bikespokes Forres 07801 365710 @
Van based mobile servicing & repairs - normally 25 miles radius from Forres, but will travel further for an extra charge
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of The Macallan Distillery are available on Flickr.