Edrington first revealed her plans to open the new multi-million-pound site in 2012 and finaly construction got under way in December 2014.
The first spirit was produces in the stills in December last year and the visitor experience has just opened.
Edrington expects to draw more visitor to the new location, in fact they are counting on double the amount of visitor in the first year.
Ian Curle, chief executive, Edrington, said: “This is an exciting occasion for Edrington and The Macallan. The unsurpassed quality of The Macallan is in high demand and we face the future confidently with this new distillery. It’s an authentic, abiding, ambitious investment that will match consumer expectations for generations to come. When the doors open in June, we expect this new Macallan enterprise to deliver
significant benefits for the tourism industry, Scotch whisky exports and the economy.”
The new distillery is located on the Easter Elchies estate near Craigellachie in Moray.
Large investments have been made (£500 million )which will among other things be spent on warehousing The Macallan’s Sherry-seasoned oak casks.
The new copper stills were crafted by Scottish coppersmiths Forsyths, who have been producing The Macallan’s “distinctive” small stills since the 1950s.
“Macallan has taken exceptional care in making sure that the spirit that is produced in the new distillery is identical to the spirit that we produced in their previous distillery. The distillery was designed by leading architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and built by Elgin-based Robertson Construction.
The design of the roof takes inspiration from the Scottish hills in order to minimise the visual impact on the Speyside countryside.
The undulating timber roof structure, thought to be one of the most complicated of its kind in the world, comprises 380,000 individual components.
Edrington opens new Macallan distillery in June
- Written by Ernst Dambrink
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