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The Macallan - The Malt: Vintage Bottle Registration; “The Definitive Guide To Buying Vintage Macallan”

In response to growing concern about the proliferation of fake older bottlings, especially within the wine industry, we are introducing a Vintage bottle registration programme which will help us to track the ownership of individual bottles and give the purchaser reassurance that they have purchased a genuine Macallan direct from the distillery.



Every bottle of our Vintage Macallan will have a Unique Reference Number on the back label. This number will allow us to confirm ownership or validate any queries of authenticity that might arise should a bottle be purchased on the secondary market. We invite all who purchase a Vintage Macallan to contact us, quoting their Unique Reference Number. Upon receipt we will enter the owner's details into The Vintage Register.

The purchaser will then receive a letter
 from us detailing their Vintage Register entry number and consequently their inclusion in the history of The Macallan.

The Vintage Bottle Register will be kept in Easter Elchies House and we will leave a space for you to personalise the entry with your signature, upon your next visit to The Macallan distillery.

We look forward to including your entry within our Vintage Bottle Register




The exact point at which spirit is judged fit to pass into the cask is always a jealously guarded secret. It should come as no surprise, however, that at The Macallan, the proportion of spirit deemed worthy to bear the name is smaller than even the most fastidious of its competitors.



Written by Brian Henningan


The text is an excerpt from "The Definitive Guide to Buying Vintage Macallan" (pp. 32 - 34), First Edition, published 2003 by Macallan Distillery Ltd.