Profile: The Macallan Six Pillars

We explain the significance of each of The Macallan's Six Pillars that highlight the foundation stones of The Macallan

Profile: The Macallan Six Pillars

Founded in the year 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan is one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed.  Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. The Macallan is introducing an unprecedented series of master classes along with a brand heritage exhibition highlighting the foundation stones of The Macallan, The Six Pillars – the elements that define the characters of the legendary single malt. We figure that we would take the liberty of explaining the significance of each of The Macallan’s Six Pillars.

The Six Pillars encompass the strong sense of place at the heart of the distillery and the estate, together with the long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky with a reputation for product excellence and distinctive taste.

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Meet The Macallan’s Six Pillars:

Profile The Macallan Six Pillars

The Spiritual Home

Easter Elchies House proudly watches over The Macallan distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Built in 1700, this Jacobean manor house is The Macallan’s spiritual home.

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The Curiously Small Stills

The Macallan’s curiously small and uniquely shaped stills help to concentrate the flavor of the ‘new make’ spirit.

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The Finest Cut

The ‘cut’ is the amount of distilled spirit collected from the stills. The Macallan takes one of the finest ‘cuts’ of any distillery in Scotland; only the best of the best, typically just 16 percent is selected to fill the casks. This distinctly robust and characterful ‘new make’ spirit is the starting point for all Macallan.

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The Exceptional Oak Casks

The quality of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks is the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan. The Macallan spends more per cask than any other distillery in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for its casks.

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The Natural Color

At The Macallan, natural color is something that the distillery insists on. It is the interaction of spirit and wood alone which delivers the rich diversity of color evident through The Macallan range.

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The Peerless Spirit

The Macallan’s Whisky Maker keeps a watchful eye on the slumbering casks, selecting the moment when each cask is at the peak of maturity and perfect for bottling. It is this mastery of spirit and wood that creates The Macallan.

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