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 3,900 litres. These stills are so famous that they have appeared on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 banknote!
From humble beginnings in 1824, The Macallan has grown from a small local enterprise to global recognition, based on a constant and determined attention to quality. The Whisky Maker and his team nose thousands of samples every year to create The Macallan expressions recognised around the world. This exacting task, together with the ‘marrying’ of different casks for many of the expressions, is the last step in creating this, one of the world’s truly great whiskies.
October to Easter
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Easter to September
Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Drop In Visits During the Festival, 27th April - 1st May 2017
The Macallan will be offering short 'drop in' tours of the distillery, hosted by some of our Brand Ambassadors.
These short tours will be offered between 10.00 - 16.30 during the Festival (starting at a later time of 11.00 on Sunday 30th April). Tours will be offered on a first come first serve basis and will depend on availability of our Brand Ambassadors. The tour will last around 20-30 minutes, will include a look around our current distillery, and one of our traditional dunnage style warehouses with one of our Brand Ambassadors, and will conclude with a dram of The Macallan in our visitors centre.
Please note that you cannot book for these tours in advance. Tours will be priced at £5 per person and are payable at the distillery on the day.
The Macallan will be offering a complimentary mini bus service that will run from 9.30 am - 5.00 pm daily throughout the Festival (starting at 10.30 am on Sunday 30th April).
The mini buses will pick up at Dufftown square and Aberlour square only (two separate buses), every hour on the half hour travelling to The Macallan distillery. The mini buses will pick up from The Macallan distillery ever hour on the hour travelling back to Aberlour and Dufftown (two separate buses).
Each mini bus can only take a maximum of 8 people at a time, and this will be offered strictly on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that The Macallan visitor centre has wheelchair access, and most of the tour route is accessible for wheelchairs (the Oak Exhibition, which is approximately 30 minutes of the tour does not have wheelchair access).