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 the 750ml size and current as of March 2016. I’ve included historical pricing from when I updated this post in the past, June 2015 and December 2013, if I included it then:
- Macallan V6 – $4,899.99
- Macallan V5 Reflexion – $1,899.99
- Macallan 25 YO – $1,299.99 ($949.99 in 2015, $899.99 in 2013)
- Macallan Fine Oak 21 YO – $389.99 ($299.99 in 2015, $289.99 in 2013)
- Macallan 18 YO – $239.99 ($199.99 in 2015, $169.99 in 2013)
- Macallan Fine Oak 17 YO – $249.99
- Macallan Fine Oak 15 YO – $109.99 ($99.99 in 2015, $94.99 in 2013)
- Macallan 12 YO – $55.99 ($54.99 in 2015, $48.99 in 2013)
- Macallan Fine Oak 10 YO – $54.99 ($47.99 in 2015, $44.99 in 2013)
- Macallan Edition No. 1 – $99.99
- Macallan Rare Cask – $299.99
I think that the Macallan 12 YO is a reasonable price, things just start getting a little crazier as you move up the age range. You’re paying $15 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 ($120) to Macallan 18 YO is a bigger one (~$199).
Over the years, the Macallan 12yo hasn’t seen as meteoric rise as the others. I suspect that it’s the most approachable Macallan and they’re loathe to increase it too much too quickly.