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Macallan 1968 Celtic Heartlands 34 Year Old 75cl / US Import

Lot: 222014

Macallan 1968 Celtic Heartlands 34 Year Old 75cl / US Import

Winning Bid: £1,410

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Macallan
Age: 
34 Year Old
Vintage: 
1968
Region: 
Speyside
Bottler: 
Murray McDavid
Cask Type: 
American Oak
Bottled Strength: 
40.2%
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Macallan 1968 Celtic Heartlands 34 Year Old 75cl / US Import

It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Elchies estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.  

This is a 1968 vintage from the Celtic Heartlands series, a collaboration between independent bottler, Murray McDavid, and Jim McEwan, who at the time was the master distiller at their Bruichladdich distillery. Aged 34 years in an American oak cask.

Murray McDavid were founded in 1996 by Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and ex-Springbank distillery Director, Gordon Wright. The company bought re-opened Bruichladdich distillery in December 2000, hiring Jim McEwan as Master Distiller. The company was purchased by Remy Cointreau in 2012, with the Murray McDavid brand eventually returning to Scottish hands the following year. Murray McDavid is famed for coining the term "ACE-ing" (additional cask enhancement) in relation to their cask finishing process, something they continue to use to great effect to this day.

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