The Macallan distillery is situated on the banks of river Spey (making this renowned single malt a "Speyside"), near the town of Craigellachie. The Macallan has been continuously distilled here for over 300 years.

A special feature of The Macallan is the distiller's insistence on ageing the whisky exclusively in Spanish sherry casks. The source of these enormous oaken casks is the northern Spanish region of Andalucia. In fact, the master distiller of The Macallan goes as far as selecting the oak timber that is used to manufacture the casks, specifying the sherries to be casked, and even oversees the vineyards and bodegas that make the sherry to order.

At the time of writing, the Master Distiller was David Robertson and the choice reserve whisky was the 1948.