The Macallan Distillery has been transformed into an elegant festive destination, offering a bespoke menu and specially curated cocktails
Tours at The Macallan Distillery Experience offer the chance to discover the history, heritage and foundations of The Macallan’s single malt whisky. For the festive season, the distillery is offering an extra special, intimate, after-hours Discover The Macallan Experience on Thursday 5 December.
A special welcome cocktail, two-course festive meal, and unique Distillery tour are all on the menu. Guests will also be able to browse for gifts at the Boutique and enjoy a dram under the towering Christmas tree. Tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased at www.themacallan.com
Stuart Cassells, General Manager, The Macallan Estate, notes that this is a first for the distillery. He says, “We are incredibly proud of the success our new Distillery Experience has enjoyed since opening 18 months ago.
“We’re extremely excited about the exclusive experiences we are offering, from unique gifting options to our new brasserie and bar menus. We hope to attract visitors old and new and look forward to providing a warm welcome to The Macallan Estate this festive season.”
Located in Craigellachie, The Macallan Distillery Experience, designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, recently won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and was included in TIME Magazine’s 2019 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places.
A stylish and sophisticated festive décor scheme featuring a palette of sienna, gold, copper and black, colours that are traditionally associated with The Macallan, has been unveiled throughout the site, bringing the beauty of the setting to life.
Many of the decorations, such as citrus and dried berries, were selected to showcase the tasting notes offered by The Macallan’s remarkable single malt whiskies. And Golden acorns represent The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks, which are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan.
The Elchies Brasserie has introduced a special festive menu created by chefs at The Macallan Estate. Featuring the finest Scottish produce, it draws inspiration from The Macallan’s Speyside location and abundant natural larder. Dishes include locally sourced chicken & black pudding mousse cigar, caramelised apple, plum and watercress salad and Speyside venison sausage ‘pigs in blankets’, served with wholegrain mustard mash.
A range of new festive cocktails that draw on The Macallan’s history and heritage are also available in The Macallan Bar. Here guests can relax and sample some of the finest whiskies with panoramic views of the surrounding hills of Speyside.
The festive cocktails on offer include The Clootie, which celebrates Scotland’s famous clootie dumpling, a steamed pudding traditionally enjoyed at Christmas. Featuring The Macallan Lumina, a cinnamon, star anise and juniper berry syrup, orange and Angostura bitters and plum, this sumptuous serve is an old fashioned styled cocktail based on a recipe which first appeared in 1747.
In addition to festive food and drink visitors can also enjoy the ultimate whisky shopping experience at The Macallan Boutique, where a towering 15ft Christmas tree takes centre stage.
Among the select gifts only available in the Distillery Experience Boutique is The Macallan Hamper. Presenting the finest produce sourced from local artisan suppliers, The Macallan Hamper is a limited-edition product and subject to availability.
A selection of limited-edition whiskies, special prints and glassware will also be on sale. And the Boutique offers many other exclusive gifts such as chocolate from The Roca Brothers.
To book your tickets online visit www.themacallan.com