A Dream of Old: The Macallan Red Collection

The Macallan Red Collection reflects their deep respect for time, tradition and craftmanship and offers a unique opportunity for whisky connoisseurs The Macallan Red Collection reflects the epitome of luxury craftmanship. The Macallan has long been known for their curated offerings of distinguished, rare, single malt whisky and The Red Collection is no exception. Released in limited quantities and created from some of the world’s oldest and rarest oak casks, The Red Collection offers a unique opportunity for whisky connoisseurs to experience the rare Single Malt Scotch whisky, which captures The Macallan’s most profound respect for tradition and craftmanship.

The Red Collection comprises the oldest ongoing expressions in single malt Scotch whisky and occasional high-age releases. The age release categories for the whisky are The Macallan 40 Years Old, The Macallan 50 Years Old and The Macallan 60 Years Old; these are ongoing components of The Red Collection, released in limited quantities worldwide. In addition to the ongoing range, the sensational, high-age guest collections include The Macallan 71 Years Old, The Macallan 74 Years Old, and The Macallan 78 Years Old, the latter marking the highest ever age release in the brand’s history. Each age collection boasts a unique and sophisticated blend of tasting notes, which are a testament to the brand’s craftmanship. The development of The Red Collection is a true reflection of the pursuit of uncompromised excellence – the driving force of The Macallan since 1824.

Each expression is meticulously distilled in The Macallan’s curiously small copper stills before ageing in their original oak casks, for 40 to 78 years. The careful ageing of The Macallan’s whiskies develops their distinctive aromas and full flavours, a process that has been crafted by The Macallan’s Master Whisky Makers, past and present. Current Master Whisky Maker, Kirsteen Campbell remarks that “[The Red Collection is] 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”. The Red Collection is testament to the craftsmanship, knowledge and skills of The Macallan’s Master Whisky Makers; “each precious drop offers a unique opportunity to explore The Macallan’s whisky making legacy.”

The distinctive colour celebrates the rich range of reds present naturally in The Macallan—in every step of the process. The Red Collection pays homage to red’s significance to The Macallan’s history. It began with Alexander Reid, a farmer and teacher who founded the brand in 1824. He was better known, throughout the 1800s, as “The Red”, alluding to his surname, which means ‘the red one’ in Scots, and his distinctive red hair. Red continued playing an integral role almost a century later in 1903 with the creation of The Macallan Choice Old Range, which was reportedly shipped in illustrious red boxes to distinguish it from other whiskies on the market. The red theme continues into the 1980s with the adornment of vintage bottles with a red ribbon before its feature in The Red Collection as it currently stands.

The Macallan opulence is not confined to the whisky itself. Each bottle comes beautifully presented with a printed label featuring gold embellishments, denoting the history and quality of the whisky. The Red Collection signifies an important part of The Macallan’s history as it was crafted by The Macallan’s first female Master Whisky Maker, Kirsteen Campbell, who was appointed in 2019 – the first woman to occupy the role in the brands 200-year span of business. Kirsteen was appointed as a whisky technologist for The Edrington Group in 2007, before moving through the ranks to her current position, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the whisky industry. Campbell hand-signs each ongoing release bottle, adding to the bespoke brand experience and giving owners a slice of The Macallan’s history. The bottle is placed in a soft red leather lining and encased in a deluxe oak box, crafted from the same European oak utilised in The Macallan’s iconic casks.

The Red Collection by The Macallan embodies the true essence of fine and rare Single Malt Scotch whisky. The brand continues to deliver an exquisite range of distinguished and rare single malt Scotch whiskies. The Red Collection provides an exceptional experience to the whisky enthusiast, drawing upon the pillars of tradition and craftmanship; The Macallan leaves no stone unturned when it comes to creating a luxurious product. Kirsteen Campbell comments: “The incredible elegance and rich flavours of the expressions that form The Red Collection are a direct result of the craftsmanship, knowledge and skills nurtured by our master whisky makers, past and present.” The exclusive Red Collection is a lavish sensory experience crafted by some of the finest whisky makers and is sure not to disappoint.