SPEYMALT - Macallan 1966Single Grain Malt Whisky
Rare old vintage.
Colour: Deep orange gold. Tasting notes, undiluted: Nose: Sherrywood with citrus peel and spices. A slight hessian note, a rounding sweetness (toffee) with a hint of smoke. Palate: Rich, sherry with burnt fruitcake flavours. Sweet, toffee flavours and a slight oily, nutty note.
With water: Nose: Sweet - treacle toffee and creme brulee with roasted malt aromas. Charred oak with dusted fruit notes. Palate: Smoke and peat, chocolate hazelnuts with a rounding fruitiness - sherry, ripe fruits and marmalade. Body: Smooth and balanced. Finish: Delicate hint of sherry and peat smoke. Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Butts. Whisky Style: A big, sherried malt.
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.