The recently opened Macallan distillery in Speyside is unlike anywhere else in the world of Scotch whisky. Unfiltered paid a visit to take a look for ourselves, with photographer Peter Sandground.

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If ever there was a statement of intent about a distiller’s growth ambitions – and the future health of the whisky industry in general – it’s written large at the recently opened Macallan distillery.

The numbers tell their own story – an investment of £140 million, six years from conception to opening, 36 stills and a production capacity of 15 million litres per year. But this is a construction that’s as likely to attract aficionados of architecture as devotees of the dram, thanks to the breathtaking vision of lead architect Graham Stirk from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Macallan has put the visitor experience front and centre in the new distillery, with numbers projected to double in the first year compared with the 15,000 who visited the former distillery. They’re certainly in for an experience unlike anywhere else.

The Macallan distillery is tucked away discreetly on the Easter Elchies estate on Speyside.
SMWS spirits manager Euan Campbell takes in this display of casks.
The Macallan distillery has 36 stills, with 24 spirit and 12 wash.
Models in different areas of the distillery help to illustrate different parts of the production process.
The exposed pipework helps to give a sense of scale at the distillery.
Visitor numbers are expected to double in the first year compared with the 15,000 who visited the former distillery.

Get a bird’s eye view of the Macallan distillery with Unfiltered’s video tour below:

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