The Macallan Distillery
Built in 1700 Easter Elchies House is a fine example of a Highland manor house. The Macallan estate lies in an area of great natural beauty; its scale and diversity is unique among distilleries and is managed in harmony with the beautiful landscape. The estate covers 390 acres (158 hectares) of which some 90 acres are sown in the spring with our own exclusive Minstrel barley variety to make The Macallan. The Macallan’s curiously small spirit stills are the smallest on Speyside. Their unique size and shape give the spirit maximum contact with the copper helping to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit and provide the viscosity and rich fruity full-bodied flavours so characteristic of The Macallan. There are fourteen of these curiously small stills crafted from copper each holding an initial ‘charge’ of 3900 litres. These stills are so famous that they have appeared on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 banknote!
The nose has lemon meringue pie, orange peel and then dark chocolate The palate has flavours of boiled sweets initially that yield to a more spicy side on the finish with notes of ginger and cinnamon.
Great with a strong Scottish cheddar with oatcakes.