How Much is a Bottle of Macallan?

I’ve always considered The Macallan to be the BMW of scotch whisky (or, if you prefer, the Apple iPhone). There is no doubt that Macallan puts out a great scotch whisky but you’re paying for a lot of brand name, history, and cache when you ring up at the register. BMW makes a perfectly fine car and Apple makes a beautiful iPhone, but you can get just as good, if not better, product for a lower price if you are willing to move away the brand.

That said, there’s something special about the bottle, the lettering, and the whole experience. So it’s perfectly understandable if you can’t pull yourself away!

So, how much is a bottle of Macallan? Here’s the price listing from my local Total Wine (we have a 9% sales tax on alcoholic beverages) and my benchmark whenever I see it in a store elsewhere (prices are for 750ml):

  • Macallan 25 YO – $899.99
  • Macallan Fine Oak 21 YO – $289.99
  • Macallan 18 YO – $169.99
  • Macallan Fine Oak 15 YO – $94.99
  • Macallan 12 YO – $48.99
  • Macallan Fine Oak 10 YO – $44.99

I think that the Macallan 12 YO at ~$49 a bottle is a reasonable price, things just start getting a little crazier as you move up the age range. You’re only paying $10 more than Glenlivet 12 YO (I know you can’t compare the two in this way but I enjoy both, for different reasons) whereas the jump from Glenlivet 18 YO ($105) to Macallan 18 YO is a bigger one (~$65).


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8 Responses to How Much is a Bottle of Macallan?

  1. Matt says:

    You’re correct to caveat the comparison of Glenlivet 12 and Macallan 12. What I find more remarkable is the difference in taste and complexity between Macallan 10 and Macallan 12. You get a whole lot more out of the 12 for not much more money.

    • Jim says:

      I agree about the 10 to 12 difference, I think it’s because 10 is “Fine Oak” and so it’s aged in bourbon and sherry (American and European) oak, whereas the 12 is aged only in sherry (mostly European) oak casks. It’s not like the 12 is just aged 2 years more than the 10 in the same casks.

  2. David says:

    I cannot speak for the Macallan 18, but I enjoy the 12 and 15 quite a bit (12 to me was the superior malt), each for different reasons; I have, however, partaken in the Glenlivet 18, and found it disappointingly, if not shockingly repulsive. Is the Macallan 18 worth the larger (albeit rare) expenditure?

    • Jim says:

      I like it but do I like it twice as much as 12? I don’t know.

      Best way for you to find out is to get a glass and see, don’t buy an entire bottle just in case!

    • Matt says:

      I’ve never had the Macallan 18. Once I found the 12, it was the perfect everyday single malt for me. I’ve never been much impressed with Glenlivet. The Nadurra is ok, but unremarkable. Never had their 18.

  3. edub says:

    Must be my palate but peat single malts taste like ginseng and something unpleasantly floral. Abidjan is the main reason I enjoy non peated or barely any peat single malt products like The Macallan or Aberlour or Glenfarclas.

    Glenlivet, Highland Park, Laphroig, even Johnny Blue etc… taste all the same to me, absolute horrifying petroleum with a dash of iodine and salt.

    My take on peated scotches.

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