At the heart of The Red Collection is The Macallan 40 Years Old, The Macallan 50 Years Old and The Macallan 60 Years Old. These remarkable single malts, which will anchor the range for years to come, and are the oldest ongoing expressions we have ever offered.
From time to time they will be joined by special high aged guest releases, commencing with The Macallan 71 Years Old, The Macallan 74 Years Old and The Macallan 78 Years Old. These incredibly rare single malts are among the world’s oldest Scotch whiskies, with The Macallan 74 Years Old and The Macallan 78 Years Old being the oldest bottlings ever released in our history.
Distilled decades ago in our signature curiously small copper stills, each expression in The Red Collection has been matured in oak casks under the watchful eye of several generations of whisky makers. Over time, these exquisite single malt whiskies have slowly been shaped and influenced by the carefully selected wood to deliver extraordinarily elegant aged whiskies.
The Macallan Red Collection reflects our deep respect for time, tradition and craftsmanship. It is a celebration of the rich range of reds present naturally in The Macallan—in every step of the process.
The distinctive red colour weaves its way through our history, starting with the name of our founder Alexander Reid—literally “The Red”, to The Macallan’s ‘Choice Old’ range released over a century ago in 1903, through to Allan Shiach marking vintage bottles of The Macallan with a red ribbon in the 1980s.
The Red Collection is an ongoing series, according to the brand’s announcement. So, we can expect more expressions to be added in the years to come. Beyond this, the collection will launch with a series of illustrations and animated videos by Spanish artist, Javi Aznarez, which add greatly to the new series branding. For the Red Collection, Aznarez’s created a story exploring three of the most important moments in the history of The Macallan, as seen from present time. The animation features music performed by world-famous Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti.
Looking at the liquid, each of the releases have been created and signed off by Kirsteen Campbell, the Macallan recently appointed Master Whisky Maker at the distillery, who is also the first woman in history to occupy this role. ‘Created from some of the world’s oldest and rarest casks it is an incredible privilege to have crafted The Red Collection, the pinnacle of The Macallan’s portfolio,’ says Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan.