The Macallan opens for business

Dr Nick Savage

THE Macallan’s new, £140 million distillery and visitor centre will open to the public on June 2.

The state-of-the-art Speyside facility, designed by architect firm Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, has taken three and a half years to build and will allow production of the Edrington-owned malt to increase by a third.

The building has been designed to fit into the local landscape, with the turf-covered timber roof rising and falling in the style of the Scottish hills. Around 400 tradespeople were said to have been involved in the construction of the distillery.

Glasgow-based Edrington Group said the new distillery is the centrepiece of a £500m investment in The Macallan, which also includes additional warehousing and investment in the brand’s signature sherry-seasoned casks.

“This is an exciting occasion for Edrington and The Macallan,” said Edrington chief executive, Ian Curle.

“The unsurpassed quality of The Macallan is in high demand and we face the future confidently with this new distillery. It’s an authentic, abiding, ambitious investment that will match consumer expectations for generations to come.

“When the doors open in June, we expect this new Macallan enterprise to deliver significant benefits for the tourism industry, Scotch whisky exports, and the economy.”

The opening of the new distillery comes after Edrington overhauled The Macallan’s range of whiskies to make it more consistent around the world.

The core range now consists of the Macallan Sherry Oak, Double Cask and Triple Cask Matured brands.