Mackillop’s Choice was founded in1996, with the aim of finding the very finest Single Cask Malt Scotch Whiskies to bottle for whisky connoisseurs and collectors.
With whisky Expert Lorne Mackillop selecting and tasting all casks, only those he deemed exceptional quality were to be chosen to bear his family name.
It took approximately 18 months for Lorne Mackillop to build up an inventory of single casks, of exceptional quality, for Mackillop’s Choice. These first bottles were then launched and sold in 1998.
Les premières bouteilles ont été lancées et vendues en 1998.
Whisky expert Lorne Mackillop selects each cask to bottle as “Mackillop’s Choice Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky” for its unique characteristics and exceptional quality. This is the official page for fans of his range.
After several years extensive training in wines and spirits, Lorne Mackillop became a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, 1984, and, at that time, was the youngest person to be accepted as a Master of Wine.
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours.
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
Interview Whisky Magazine Uk with Lorne MacKillop – consulter