Tuesday, August 24, 2021


The Macallan, has today announced the launch of the first expression from a new limited-edition series, which is said to tell the story of brands pioneers and their whisky-making legacy.

The Macallan - Tales of The Macallan Volume I (44.6% ABV) is a 70 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, crafted by Lead Whisky Maker, Sarah Burgess, to honour Captain John Grant, who in 1700 realised the potential of Easter Elchies Estate, the site of The Macallan whisky distillery since 1824.

The Macallan - Tales of The Macallan Volume I

Born in 1659 in a remote location on the banks of the River Spey, John Grant had a military career in his youth, became a captain and fought in the war. The Grants had owned the land since 1543, but it was on John’s return from war, that he transformed the wild landscape he had inherited into the ‘garden of Elchies’, the birthplace of The Macallan.

A natural farmer, John worked the land to create the perfect conditions for growing barley and his labours helped to sustain a small farming community that would one day use its crops to distil whisky. In 1700, he extended and refurbished Easter Elchies House which is now The Macallan’s spiritual Home.

The Macallan - Tales of The Macallan Volume I, which comes presented in a handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter, is said to deliver notes of grapefruit zest, antique oak, vanilla, melon, wood smoke, nutmeg, ripe plum and almond on the nose. Followed by notes of peach, apple, wood spice, ginger, clove, sweet wood smoke and Yuzu on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan, said: “Tales of The Macallan tells of remarkable individuals and an exceptional spirit. Each of these people left their mark on The Macallan with their unique contribution and legacy alive in our brand’s DNA and in every drop of our whisky to this day. Tales of The Macallan Volume I is a tribute to Captain John Grant, who paved the way for The Macallan and brought the influence of nature and community spirit. As custodians of the Estate, we are continuously inspired by our environment, upholding our responsibility to nurture and protect the wonderful natural habitat that is home to our distillery.”

Limited to 350 decanters worldwide, Tales of The Macallan Volume I, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £60,000.

Posted by Steve Rush