The Macallan Introduces An Estate Grown Single Malt Whisky

The famous The Macallan distillery is set in Scotland’s Speyside whisky region, specifically on the 485 acre Easter Elchies estate. It is here this distillery has been making whisky since 1824, with the land including barley fields located on the banks of the River Spey. It makes sense some of this barley would be used in Scotch from here, but given the volume of spirit The Macallan produces on a yearly basis, that which holds estate grain in its mash bill it said previously to have been limited to their “most exclusive and sought-after releases.” This now looks set to change somewhat, however, with the recent unveiling of The Macallan Estate.

The Macallan Estate, according to those behind it, is a Scotch single malt whisky made from malted barley that is typically distilled once a year over the course of a single week only. It is not immediately mentioned, however, if this is 100% of its make up, or just a percentage thereof. Estate is also a non-age statement expression that’s been bottled at 43% ABV.

The Macallan Estate

The Macallan Estate (image via The Macallan)

“Our Easter Elchies estate lies within the legendary Speyside region of Scotland, a place of timeless natural beauty, and a place that we are proud to call home,” said Sarah Burgess, Whisky Maker for The Macallan, in a prepared statement. “With its wonderful sweet citrus hints and warming wood spice, The Macallan Estate is a rich, satisfying and complex spirit that pays homage to the fertile Speyside lands where The Macallan is located and celebrates the unrivalled craftsmanship for which we have been known since 1824.”

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As it stands now plans call for The Macallan Estate to be available starting in July, pricing at £195, or around $250 USD. It is presented in a gift box featuring landscape-inspired designs and it reflects the natural stones found on the estate, with an inlay of slate. Inside, aerial photography showcases the estate’s barley fields on the banks of the River Spey. Official tasting notes for this conker, chestnut hue colored whisky are below for your consideration.

Aroma: Warm, comforting and homely notes of cinnamon. Wood spice and orange oil, opening into dried fruits with a sweet lemon, banana and caramel.

Palate: Soft and warming with wood spice, opening into a dry oak flavour spiked with candied raisin and fresh fig. Moving into a sweet fresh orange and delicate fresh citrus.

Finish: A sweet citrus twist.