Macallan Whisky Prices

If you’re a loyal single malt drinker, how much would you be willing to pay for your Scotch whisky? We’ll bet our bottom dollar it’s not some 6 or 7-digit figure.

Surprisingly, some were more than willing to pay that much.

Macallan holds the distinction as the world’s most expensive whisky ever sold at an auction. The previous record was $628,205 for a 6-liter bottle of the rare Macallan “M” at a Hongkong auction in 2014.

In 2018, another one in Macallan’s collection a 60-year old Macallan whisky was sold for a whopping $1.01 million. And as if it isn’t jaw-dropping enough, a few hours later, another very rare Macallan 1926 was sold for $1.1 million at the same event at Bonhams Hongkong.

Some people just have all the luck in the world and have lots of money to burn at that.

Tracing Its Roots

With transactions this magnitude, you won’t likely believe when you hear Macallan Distillery’s humble beginnings. So let’s pretend you haven’t read the introduction yet.

Macallan Distillery is a single-malt Scotch whisky distillery in Moray, Scotland –, particularly in Craigellachie.

The company was founded by a barley farmer and school teacher named Alexander Reid. His early productions were measly two pot stills that came out of a woodshed before his business became legal in 1824 when he obtained one of the licenses issued by the government following the passing of the Excise Act in 1823.

As a result, Macallan became the first legal whisky producer in Speyside and the whole of Scotland. Excellent as it was, the whole of the country wasn’t able to taste how good Reid’s whisky at that time. So while the business was doing good, it never really prospered into even a fraction of its current success.

In 1868, James Stuart took over the lease and put tremendous effort to rebuild the plant and update its technology to keep up with the changing times and also to increase the production. But just like Reid, he also came short and eventually sold the company.

In 1892, Roderick Kemp the former owner of Skye’s Talisker distillery acquired the firm and had subsequently set up a family trust. During his term, he improved the marketing of Macallan in Scotland and abroad.

While Macallan has become famous for its single malt, during this time, it concentrated on producing it for blending.

1986 was when Suntory which is a Japanese company, purchased 1/4 of the stocks. 10 years after, Highland Distillers purchased the remaining stocks which displaced the interest of the Kemp family.

The Macallan Distillers Ltd. is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Edrington Group which acquired it from Highland Distillers in 1999.

Macallan’s Reputation

The company is considered the third largest-selling single malt producer in the world by volume after Glenfiddich and Glenlivet approximately 500,000 cases annually and second in rank in terms of value.

Previous Macallan version was only brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain which was a single malt matured only in Oak Sherry casks. In 2004, the company introduced the Fine Oak series this time, mellowed in bourbon oak casks.

As mentioned, the Macallan whisky is a single malt which means it is made from one distillery only and not blended with anything else from other distilleries.

Remember those humungous copper stills being used by some popular distillery? Well, The Macallan uses smaller stills which increases heat and also increases the surface area contact between the copper stills and the alcohol-producing more richness and depth to the whisky.

How Much Does Macallan Whisky Cost?

If you’ve only known this brand through the news about the auction, don’t worry because having a taste of this brand is not really that farfetched. In fact, the majority of its product line is as cheap as your regular whiskies found in walk-in wine shops although some varieties can have pretty exorbitant pricing; particularly the rare and old ones.

Below are the comprehensive Macallan Whisky Prices for 750 ml bottle we’ve gathered from various popular online liquor shops:

Varieties

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Macallan Edition No. 1

$350

Macallan Edition No. 2

From $105

$220

Macallan Edition No. 3

From $116

$125

$100

Macallan Edition No. 4

$160

$110

Macallan Edition No.6

$3,900

Macallan Double Cask Gold

$63

$51

Macallan V5 Reflexion

$1,700

Macallan “M” Crystal Decanter

$6,000

Macallan 10 Years Old

From $47

Macallan 12 Years Old

$72

$55

Macallan 15 Years Old

$77

Macallan 17 Years Old

From $247

Macallan 18 Years Old

From $271

$299

$240

Macallan 25 Years Old

From $2,021

$1,980

$1,700

Macallan 30 Years Old

$3,500

Macallan Classic Cut 2017

$80

Macallan Classic Cut 2018

$173

$100

Macallan Rare Cask

From $250

$308

$300

Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old

From $47

$51

Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old

From $57

Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old

From $110

$110

Macallan Fine Oak 18 Years Old

From $271

Macallan Fine Oak 21 Years Old

From $621

$605 to $630

$545

Macallan Fine Oak 17 Years Old

From $286

$242

$280

Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years Old

From $3701

$4,180 to $4,300

$3,000

Macallan 12 Years Old Triple Cask

$64

$65

Macallan 15 Years Old Triple Cask

$121

Macallan 21 Years Old Author’s Edition

$750

Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask

From $64

$63

$50

Macallan Edition – Blended Scotch

From $421

Macallan Gold – Highland

From $110

Macallan Amber Scotch Whisky

$123

Collector varieties:

  • Macallan Fine & Rare Speyside Scotch Whisky (1940 to 1952) : $34,000 to $42,000
  • Macallan M Black Series Scotch: $12,650
  • Macallan Scotch Exceptional Single Cask 2018 (12 to 25yrs): $4,600 to $15,000
  • Macallan Scotch Exceptional Single Malt 2017 – 25 Years: $5,300
  • Macallan Fine And Rare (1937 to 1991): $10,000 to $37,000
  • Macallan 1824 Series No. 6 In Lalique Highland: $6,600
  • Macallan 1824 Series Scotch Reflexion Speyside-Highland: $3,300
  • Macallan Scotch Vi In Lalique 65Yr: $45,000
  • Macallan Scotch 2018 Release 86Pf 30Yr: $6,900
  • Macallan Scotch Sherry 88Pf 40Yr: $22,000
  • Macallan Scotch Highland 110.4Pf 1989 Vintage: $6,600

Characteristics and Other Fun Facts

The average Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of Macallan whiskies ranges from 40% to 58% while the proof is around 80 to 86.

The name Macallan was derived from the words “Magh” which is a Gaelic word that refers to a fertile piece of land, and “Ellan” or “of St. Fillan” who was an Irish Monk and known for having traveled through Scotland during the 700s with the aim of propagating Christianity.

Some drinkers prefer whisky over other types of spirits simply because they love the peatiness in them. But if you prefer your whisky without this characteristic, try Macallan Scotch.

Part of Macallan’s prestige is that it is really an excellent whisky in terms of taste and quality, it is old having been established in 1824, and the fact that it’s a Speyside whisky its the Mercedes or the Rolls-Royce of the whisky world.

Macallan’s color is all-natural unlike some of the scotch and other whiskies around.

If some of the famous distilleries have their own barrel cooperage, Macallan has taken it to the next level as it has its own Master of Wood which painstakingly sources the company’s 200,000-odd oak barrels. These usually come from Spain and the USA.

These woods are being dried, shaped at a cooperage in Spain, and seasoned with Oloroso sherry, which is mainly the reason behind Macallan’s richness and color.

Serving Suggestions

Just like any other Scotch whiskies, you can drink it straight or you can use it in cocktails. For single malt ones, even just a cigar would be a perfect pair.

But when it comes to food pairing, Macallan does well with soup like lobster and cream, with appetizers like sushi and tuna tartare, fish like salmon, meat like lamb chops, and desserts like chocolate brownies.