The Macallan Distillery is one of Scotland’s oldest licensed distilleries, officially producing whisky since 1824. It is located in the town of Craigellachie in the Speyside region. Macallan is one of the most famous and sought-after single malt whiskys in the world. For many years, it has been gaining the recognition of connoisseurs by winning numerous prestigious awards, but at the same time it is the object of desire of collectors, achieving the highest prices at auctions. Suffice it to say that the current price record for both the most expensive barrel and the most expensive bottle of whisky sold at the auction belongs to the whisky from the Macallan distillery. In 2019, a 30-year-old cask of sherry hogshead from this distillery was purchased for £ 452,000, and that same year a 60-year-old bottle from The Macallan Fine & Rare series found a buyer for a staggering £ 1.5 million.
One of the most important reasons why Macallan casks and bottles are so valuable is the careful selection of kegs. It is the only Scottish distillery to have its own Woodmaster, Stuart Macpherson, whose job is to select and source the highest quality barrels for maturation. For most of its history, the distillery has mainly used sherry casks for production, but in 2004 it introduced the Fine Oak series, which matured in bourbon casks and aroused great interest among whisky lovers around the world.