The Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt: A Guide

 

A complete guide to the Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt collection. Including skipped years, dating your bottle and more.

Everything you need to know about Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt

The Macallan 25 year old was first released in 1957 and forms a key part of Macallan’s series. With a release most years (with a few exceptions, listed below) and a fair number of bottles available this makes a great series to start collecting.

The Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt series was released by Macallan as part of its incredible marketing strategy that has seen products from their distillery rise to some of the most sought after whiskies on the global market. The bottle was aimed at anyone celebrating a 25 year anniversary, and the original bottles were sold for less than £30 in 1982.

Those same bottles have reached prices of nearly £5,000 in recent years. There are a few key things to be aware of when you start to collect the Macallan 25.

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The label

The label of the Macallan 25 year old is distinctive; with a red, outlined 25 over black text describing the distillery and some of Macallan’s notable achievements and traditions.

Prior to 2000, releases of the 25 year old anniversary malt have the distillery year and bottling year printed at the bottom of the label. From 2000 onward (distilled after 1975) there is no distilled or bottle year on the label.

To achieve the best prices, label condition of your Macallan 25 should be good to excellent, with no scratches or marks. The colour in the 25 should still be bright.

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The bottle

Macallan 25 bottles are a standard shape and size, clear glass bottle. Bottlings prior to 1992 are 75cl and after that they change to the modern standard of 70cl.

Releases prior to the 1990s have a screw cap and modern bottles have a stopper cork.

The condition of the capsule should be considered; scratches and nicks in the foil (from getting them in and out of the box) will lower the value to a collector.

The box

The earlier bottles of Macallan Anniversary Malt come in a wooden box with either straw and wood insert or cardboard. From 2002 to 2004 the 25 year old was released in a red box, (the same as the 30 year old) as the old style box was ‘prone to splinters’.

A box with leather straps means it is a bottle that was made for the American market and imported. This doesn’t impact the value but does mean you have to consider shipping (if you are outside the US of course).

Which box you have makes little difference to the value, but not having the box will lower the value as much as 50%. Without the box the bottle only really has value as a bottle for drinking rather than collecting.

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The level

As with all whisky, the spirit level in the neck of your Macallan 25 year old is important and has a significant impact on the value. Ideally the liquid should sit in the wide part of the neck. Lower levels, below the shoulder especially, will lower the value of the bottle.

When you are storing your bottle please consider adding an additional seal – clingfilm or a specialist seal such as Parafilm – over the capsule. This will help stop the level dropping. Always store you bottle upright and in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

The date

There are no records of how many bottles of Macallan 25 year old were released each year – even Macallan say they did not keep a record. The most sought after years are 1957 and 1958 and these bottles command the highest prices. The most common years are 1962, 1965, 1972 and 1975 and these bottles tend to achieve lower values than the other years.

There are a few years where the Macallan 25 year old was not released, at least not with a distillation date (see below for more information on this), and these are: 1960, 1961, and 1973.

Dating your bottle of Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt

From 2000 to 2004 the Anniversary Malt was released with no distillation year. There are also a few no age statement Macallan 25 year old’s with a volume of 75cl or 750ml. For bottles with no age statement it is possible to infer the year from the box and volume:

  • The old style wooden box and 70cl or 700ml volume: 2000–2001
  • The red style box and 70cl or 700ml: 2002–2004
  • The old style wooden box and 75cl or 750ml: Pre 1992
  • For the Macallan 25 year old with no age statement and a volume of 750ml or 75cl, it is thought that these bottles are probably the ‘missing years’ from 1960–61.

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Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients. You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

A complete guide to the Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt collection. Including skipped years, dating your bottle and more.

Everything you need to know about Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt

The Macallan 25 year old was first released in 1957 and forms a key part of Macallan’s series. With a release most years (with a few exceptions, listed below) and a fair number of bottles available this makes a great series to start collecting.

The Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt series was released by Macallan as part of its incredible marketing strategy that has seen products from their distillery rise to some of the most sought after whiskies on the global market. The bottle was aimed at anyone celebrating a 25 year anniversary, and the original bottles were sold for less than £30 in 1982.

Those same bottles have reached prices of nearly £5,000 in recent years. There are a few key things to be aware of when you start to collect the Macallan 25.

The label

The label of the Macallan 25 year old is distinctive; with a red, outlined 25 over black text describing the distillery and some of Macallan’s notable achievements and traditions.

Prior to 2000, releases of the 25 year old anniversary malt have the distillery year and bottling year printed at the bottom of the label. From 2000 onward (distilled after 1975) there is no distilled or bottle year on the label.

To achieve the best prices, label condition of your Macallan 25 should be good to excellent, with no scratches or marks. The colour in the 25 should still be bright.

The bottle

Macallan 25 bottles are a standard shape and size, clear glass bottle. Bottlings prior to 1992 are 75cl and after that they change to the modern standard of 70cl.

Releases prior to the 1990s have a screw cap and modern bottles have a stopper cork.

The condition of the capsule should be considered; scratches and nicks in the foil (from getting them in and out of the box) will lower the value to a collector.

Macallan-25-Year-Old-Anniversary-Malt

The box

The earlier bottles of Macallan Anniversary Malt come in a wooden box with either straw and wood insert or cardboard. From 2002 to 2004 the 25 year old was released in a red box, (the same as the 30 year old) as the old style box was ‘prone to splinters’.

A box with leather straps means it is a bottle that was made for the American market and imported. This doesn’t impact the value but does mean you have to consider shipping (if you are outside the US of course).

Which box you have makes little difference to the value, but not having the box will lower the value as much as 50%. Without the box the bottle only really has value as a bottle for drinking rather than collecting.

The level

As with all whisky, the spirit level in the neck of your Macallan 25 year old is important and has a significant impact on the value. Ideally the liquid should sit in the wide part of the neck. Lower levels, below the shoulder especially, will lower the value of the bottle.

When you are storing your bottle please consider adding an additional seal – clingfilm or a specialist seal such as Parafilm – over the capsule. This will help stop the level dropping. Always store you bottle upright and in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

Mcallan-25-Year-Old-Level

The date

There are no records of how many bottles of Macallan 25 year old were released each year – even Macallan say they did not keep a record. The most sought after years are 1957 and 1958 and these bottles command the highest prices. The most common years are 1962, 1965, 1972 and 1975 and these bottles tend to achieve lower values than the other years.

There are a few years where the Macallan 25 year old was not released, at least not with a distillation date (see below for more information on this), and these are: 1960, 1961, and 1973.

Dating your bottle of Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt

From 2000 to 2004 the Anniversary Malt was released with no distillation year. There are also a few no age statement Macallan 25 year old’s with a volume of 75cl or 750ml. For bottles with no age statement it is possible to infer the year from the box and volume:

  • The old style wooden box and 70cl or 700ml volume: 2000–2001
  • The red style box and 70cl or 700ml: 2002–2004
  • The old style wooden box and 75cl or 750ml: Pre 1992
  • For the Macallan 25 year old with no age statement and a volume of 750ml or 75cl, it is thought that these bottles are probably the ‘missing years’ from 1960–61.

What is my bottle of Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt worth?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.
There is more information about each section below the form.

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Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients. You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google