The Macallan Volume II Hits the Market in Limited Supply


January 26, 2024

The Macallan Volume II bottle and book

The Macallan unveiled Tales of The Macallan Volume II, the second edition in a series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies which tells the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy. 

The second release is a homage to Alexander Reid, founder of The Macallan, and depicts him as a teacher, farmer and distiller on his journey to ultimate mastery. It is a tribute that encapsulates Reid’s story and the standards of excellence he instilled then, standards that have passed on through each generation of whisky masters and held today as The Macallan marks its 200th anniversary year.

Alexander, fascinated with the alchemy of distillation that transformed barley into whisky, established the Distillery on Easter Elchies Estate, Speyside, Scotland, in 1824. 

A driven individual with a keen sense of curiosity and thirst for knowledge, he strived for perfection by establishing core production principles. Holding firm that small stills produce better flavor and character, he resisted the adoption of large, higher volume stills, instead preferring the value of patience to deliver the excellence for which The Macallan continues to be renowned.

The curiously small stills favored by Reid continue to be a fundamental guiding principle for The Macallan, featuring in its Distillery and remaining one of the brand’s Six Pillars, the foundation stones for The Macallan’s character.

Crafted by The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker Euan Kennedy, his exemplary 1949 vintage whisky, bottled in 2022, was selected at the apex of its maturation, for its release in honor of The Macallan’s founder in its 200th anniversary year.

Encased in a bespoke handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter, this single malt is concealed within an extraordinary almanac. A true work of art, each chapter tells the story of The Macallan’s founder and features beautiful illustrations by renowned British illustrator Andrew Davidson. Known for his traditional print techniques using wood engravings, Davidson’s work has included postage stamps for the UK’s Royal Mail and designs for the glass doors at Wimbledon’s Centre Court. 

To create the unique packaging, The Macallan partnered with an array of suppliers, combining the skills of master craftsmen in crystal, leather and paper. Long-standing partner, master crystal maker Lalique fashioned the flawless crystal decanter to house the whisky, etched with Andrew Davidson’s captivating illustrations depicting Reid as a teacher, farmer and distiller. Attracted by a shared sense of heritage, craftsmanship and creativity, Lalique and The Macallan first came together in 2005 and have since collaborated on a range of exquisite decanters and products. 

Traditional London-based bookbinders, Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf, which specializes in fine binding, restoration and conservation of books and manuscripts, created Tales of The Macallan Volume II book, which demanded extraordinary technical expertise to conceal the decanter within its 800 pages. Artisan printer, Imprimerie du Marais in Paris, which creates luxury pieces using specially developed paper, ink and printing processes, printed each individual page.

To mark the launch of Tales of The Macallan Volume II, a zoetrope-style animation has been created to bring to life the story of Alexander Reid. The short film features a selection of Davidson’s illustrations and is set to a captivating, original piece of music composed by acclaimed Scottish composer, Craig Armstrong. His modern folk piece reflects on legacy, and what it means to create and be influenced by the landscape of Scotland.

Tales of The Macallan Volume II is a limited-edition release of 344 decanters and will be available starting Jan. 26, 2024 for an SRP of $89,000 at The Macallan Estate, The Macallan Boutiques and premium off-trade retailers.