At the heart of the Macallan estate in Speyside, Scotland, is a new design for a distillery that has been crafting whisky for almost 200 years.
The building is rich in form and materials. The building is designed to increase the production process by 30% with a series of organized, linear cells under an undulating glulam roof structure. This organic flowing structure is covered in grass to root the building in the heritage landscape of ancient hill forts.
The Macallan distillery was founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. The original name of the area was “Maghellan”, taken from the Gallic word “magh”, meaning fertile ground and “Ellan”, from the Monk St.Fillan – who held a close association with the church that stood in the grounds of The Macallan Estate until 1400. Farmers had been making whisky on their Speyside farms in the area for centuries, using their surplus barley during the quieter winter months.
There are ten unique whiskies that are produced by the Estate for you to experience. Your experience of their distinctive qualities is defined by the types of wood casks that are used to mature the spirit.
The new building provides the opportunity to tour the process and needless to say, to sample this distinctly Scottish and world famous whisky.
The Macallan Six Pillars Tour
Join one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides to learn about the foundation stones that underpin the character of The Macallan and how we create The Macallan’s rich spirit; from the strong sense of place at the heart of The Macallan estate to our long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky.
After discovering how our unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colours, aromas and flavours that set The Macallan apart, you will experience a nosing and tasting of some carefully selected Macallan whiskies – as well as their very foundation, our wonderfully rich new make spirit.