While the Irish and Scotch whisk(e)y industries might find themselves rivals and at loggerheads in the global whisk(e)y market, we have to doff our cap to The Macallan’s new distillery and visitor centre in Scotland’s Speyside which can be admired at leisure in a fantastic new video that shows off this (literally) ground-breaking venture in the Speyside hills.
For The Macallan’s new distillery is a breath-taking, eye-catching, eco-friendly piece of environmental engineering genius and it’s one as impressive as we’ve seen in many-a-year.
After six years in the making (and utilising 400 people from 25 separate contractors in the process), this striking piece of contemporary architecture has been cut into the rise and fall of the Scottish landscape. Taking its cues from ancient hills and maximising the aesthetic beauty of the building, the distillery and visitor experience was designed to minimise the visual impact whilst having the maximum awe-inspiring effect on whisky-lovers from all over the world who’ll doubtless visit the home of this 200 year-old whisky.
The new Macallan distillery and visitor centre rests relatively inconspicuously at the heart of The Macallan Estate, just 400 metres from its existing distillery, but side-by-side with its spiritual home, Easter Elchies House, thus marrying past, present and future in a unique architectural, constructive and whiskey-making statement.
The venture, which will boost production of The Macallan by around a third, cost its owners the Edrington Group £140 million to build but this forms only part of the Group’s much larger £500 million investment in the brand.
The of its construction is no less amazing to watch – and we’d strongly urge you to take a peek.
The new distillery is expected to open this month.