SPEYMALT - Macallan 1988Single Grain Malt Whisky
Colour: Pale amber.
Tasting Notes, undiluted: Nose: Ripe fruits, coconuts and hints of ginger . Oak and dry grass aromas. Palate: Spices with herbal notes, some fruit flavours with a subtle chocolate sweetness.
With water: Nose: Green apples with a slight spicy note, some soft fruit aromas continue to develop. Sherrywood and charred oak also present. Palate: Spices with more fruitiness detectable. Some white pepper and cut grass flavours with a drying finish.
Body: Light but balanced. Finish: Traces of charred oak. Cask Type: Refill sherry hogsheads. Whisky Style: A classic Speysider - bursting with fruit and a drying, smoky edge.
There has probably been whisky made on the Macallan site, on a small hill overlooking the Spey near Craigellachie , since the late 1700s. The first licenced disllation at Macallan is said to have taken place in the earliest days of legalised production, in 1824.
The distillery changed hands several times throughout the 19th century and in 1894 the distillery was bought by Elgin merchant, Roderick Kemp (who also owned Talisker on Skye).
Due to demand for the whisky the distillery has been modernised and extended over the years. In the 1950s the output was trebled and further increased in the 1960s. Warehousing was also increased at this time. In 1990 a vast cask warehouse was built - at the time the largest single roof warehouse in Europe.