The Macallan's newest distillery in Scotland is an architectural dream come true
When you think of a distillery, you're expecting something sizeable. Colossal, echoey, oak walls around. But that's just about it. A brief gander... then perhaps a few sips of their finest scotch, and you're out.
But with The Macallan's newest distillery in Scotland, expectations were blown out of the water. The legendary whisky distillery has been around since the 18th century, but yet never once slowed down in its exceptional storytelling and modern consumer experience. That, we can attest to. For starters, the £140 million edifice in Speyside looks something right out of the distant future. A structural vision designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Let's just say, even if you weren't a whisky erudite, you'll still be intrigued. Probably good reason why the distillery is also dubbed a visitor's centre open to the public.
Altering to its surrounding sloping hills, you'll first notice its undulating roof (planted with native grasses and wildflowers), which stands as one of the most complex timber roof structures in the world. Cool fact? A full 95% of the distillery's energy will come from renewable sources.
Inside, is where a multi-sensorial experience awaits. Impeccable design meets world-class tech — expect interactive pillar-like structures repping The Macallan success story, a moving glass structure, a holy grail of The Macallan whisky bottles replete with digital files (accessible via touch-screens), and plenty of trippy art infused within the luxury brand's display of their entire lineage. For a glimpse into the epic distillery, click through the gallery above.