The Macallan Red Collection presented: A series of special rare old whisky

Among them: A 78-year-old, the oldest Macallan ever bottled


When Speyside distillery The Macallan releases a new whisky, attributes such as “premium”, “luxurious” or “noble” are the order of the day. These terms seem to be no longer able to adequately describe the specialty of the series The Macallan Red Collection, which has just been presented: The single malts aged 40, 50, 60, 71, 74 and 78 years play in a league of their own.

The heart of the collection will be The Macallan 40 Years Old, The Macallan 50 Years Old and The Macallan 60 Years Old, which will be considered to be part of the portfolio for the next few years. From time to time special editions will be added, just like the three presented whiskies of the Macallan Red Collection that are more than 70 years old. With The Macallan 78 Years Old we have the oldest whisky that Macallan has ever bottled. Sarah Burgess, lead whisky maker at The Macallan, whose signature can be found on the labels, is responsible for this extraordinary whisky selection.

A precious legacy in the warehouses

Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan, said: “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. It’s thanks to the foresight of previous custodians of The Macallan, who laid down and aged these extraordinary casks, that we have been able to curate such a remarkable selection of whiskies.” She went on: “Each precious drop offers a unique opportunity to explore The Macallan’s whisky making legacy. 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 color red stands for the specialty of the Macallan whiskies and it runs through the history of the distillery: "Red" goes back to the last name of the Macallan founder Alexander Reid and many releases in former times were adorned with a red ribbon. The prices that The Macallan published for the Red Collection bottlings are also special:

  • The Macallan 40 Years Old - £11,300
  • The Macallan 50 Years Old - £37,500
  • The Macallan 60 Years Old - £49,000
  • The Macallan 71 Years Old - £58,500
  • The Macallan 74 Years Old - £61,500
  • The Macallan 78 Years Old - £65,500


Auction of a The Macallan 78 Years Old at Whisky Hammer

A bottle of The Macallan 78 Years Old can currently be bought at the auction house Whisky Hammer. The auction runs until October 25th. It started with a price of 10,000 pounds, currently the bid is already 72,500 pounds. If you want to try your luck and get involved, you can do so here on the Whisky Hammer website.

Charity auction of a specially designed set at Sotheby's

Another auction revolves around an entire set from The Macallan Red Collection: The set will be auctioned at Sotheby’s with special labels designed by the artist Javi Aznarez. It is the bottle with the number two of each whisky edition. This set of The Macallan Red Collection was donated by The Macallan so that the proceeds will be donated for charity. The aid organization City Harvest will be supported, which uses surplus from the food industry to provide meals to those in need in London. The auction runs from October 22nd to 31st, 2020 and can be joined here on Sotheby’s website.

Images: The Macallan