It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Elchies estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.
The Easter Elchies series was originally launched in 2005 and the yearly bottling ran until 2013 before being discontinued. In 2018 it was revived to celebrate the incredible up-scaling at the distillery which saw the installation of 36 new copper stills in a new subterranean home, bringing the possible production capacity of 12,000 litres of spirit. The bottling takes it's name from the famous manor house at the distillery which was built in 1700 from locally quarried sandstone and has become known as the Spiritual Home of this world famous malt.
This 2020 release was the third and final instalment of the Easter Elchies Black trilogy.