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The Macallan Whisky

The Macallan Whisky, with a WMF glass similar to the glass used by M in SkyFall. It is not certain which version (10, 12 or 18-year-old) M drinks in SkyFall, but in SPECTRE, James Bond drinks 18-year-old.

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The Macallan whisky on M's desk in SkyFall. We can't see the details of the label so might have to wait for the film to see which year it is.
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photo © The Macallan
In the film we see The Macallan 1962 Fine and Rare Vintage as pictured above,. A whisky shot glass similar to the glass above is used by Silva (Javier Bardem) and Bond.
photo © The Macallan

photo © The Macallan
The Macallan 10-, 12- and 18-year-old bottles all have a similar label as the one seen in M's office. James Bond drinks the 10 year Old as pictured on the left in M's apartment.
photo © The Macallan

photo © The Macallan
James Bond drinks the Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old (as pictured above in the middle) in the bar while 'enjoying death' and watching CNN.
photo © The Macallan

In the movie SkyFall (2012) we see M (Judi Dench), James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Silva (Javier Bardem) drink a fine whisky: The Macallan. In SPECTRE (2015) Bond once again drinks The Macallan.

As we know from previous films, M likes a strong drink. In SkyFall M drinks The Macallan. We can't see which exact age the whisky has, but looking at the shape of he bottle and colors on the label, it is definitely The Macallan Sherry Oak whisky, either 10-, 12- or 18-year-old. We would guess M has a delicate taste and prefers the 18-year-old, but it might also be the more popular 12-year-old, or even the 10-year-old if MI6 has had some budget cuts. The 18-year-old is three times as expensive as the 12-year-old.

We also see James Bond himself sip some Macallan: once while enjoying death (he grabs a bottle of Fine Oak 10 Year Old from the bar and pours it in a Duralex Picardie tumbler), and in the scene that follows in M's apartment Bond drinks another bottle (a 10 Year Old but the one with the white label, see pictures on the left). Based on the glimpse of the bottle and label seen in SkyFall, it looks like the version of the label where the bottom half is light-blue or light grey (see images left, below). It's not confirmed which exact version (10, 12 or 18) he drinks.

In the same film, villain Silva (Javier Bardem) and James Bond drink a vintage The Macallan in very small whisky shot glasses (see image on the left). This is a Macallan 1962 Fine and Rare Vintage, in the film it is mentioned as being "50 year old", which is also a reference to the 50th anniversary of Bond. 1962 was the year the first Bond was released. On April 17th 2013, a bottle of The Macallan 1962, signed by Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Bérénice Marlohe will be auctioned for charity (read more).

A very similar shotglass as used by Silva and Bond can be found on or

whisky shot glasses james bond

Similar shot glasses on Amazon UK (left) and USA (right)

Find the The Macallan in your local specialized liquor store, or online on TheWhiskyExchange,, Harrods (UK) or TheDrinkShop.

In the 24th Bond film SPECTRE, James Bond drinks 18 year old The Macallan in his apartment. The Macallan 18 year old is available online at TheWhiskyExchange, prices ranging from £299 - £899, depending on the year of the bottle, or on for £169.

Whisky in other Bond films
M and Bond drink whisky in other movies as well: in the movie GoldenEye, M drinks Jack Daniel's whiskey in her office during a meeting with James Bond. In the movies The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, M enjoys a glass of Talisker Whisky.

The Macallan
The Macallan is a brand of single malt Scotch whisky first distilled in 1824 at The Macallan Distillery near Easter Elchies House, at Craigellachie, in Moray. For many years whisky experts have considered The Macallan 'the single malt by which others must be judged'. Originally, The Macallan was only matured in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones.

The Macallan Sherry Oak
The Macallan Sherry Oak is exclusively matured in Spanish oak casks, handcrafted and sherry seasoned in Jerez, Spain. This delivers a classic Macallan style, wonderfully rich in colour with dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange. The range includes 10-, 12-, 18-year-old, the 12 being the most popular, and more exclusive 25- and 30-year-old.

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Hey! Could the glass be a "DiVino glossy Whisky" from Rosenthal?
Jack Daniels in Goldeneye? I think not. M says she prefers bourbon and pours bond a glass of undisclosed whisky. Jack Daniels is not bourbon.
Brandon: Whilst you indeed are correct in your observation of Jack Daniels not being a Bourbon (it's a Tennessee Whiskey), M clearly pours Jack Daniels in the scene in question, the bottle is clearly visible. I suppose M, like many non-Americans, incorrectly assumes that all American whiskey is Bourbon.
According to Wikipedia both of the above posters are that, although Jack Daniels is a Tennessee Whiskey, said namesake is considered a straight bourbon whiskey - primarily made from corn mash - Jack Daniels does it's best to distance itself from the the bourbon moniker...but, corn mash is bourbon is corn mash - and having enjoyed drams from several of the above bottles, I can tell you with great conviction, it sure as hell ain't Macallan.
Well, I suppose Tennessee whiskey is technically bourbon because it is a subset of bourbon. However, the flavor is very different from most bourbon because Tennessee whiskey such as Jack Daniels or George Dickel is filtered through sugar maple charcoal. This makes it a very different whiskey from bourbon that doesn't undergo such filtration (viz., Kentucky bourbon).
Jack Daniels is in fact GoldenEye, and it is in fact bourbon. Jack Daniels will try to tell you it's "Tennessee Whiskey" and do anything else to convince you that it isn't bourbon, but due to the production process, it is. From wiki: "The mash for Jack Daniel's is made from corn, rye, and malted barley, and is distilled in copper stills. It is then filtered (or "mellowed") through 10-foot (3.0 m) stacks of sugar maple charcoal.[34] This extra step, known as the Lincoln County Process, removes impurities and the taste of corn,[11] and is not used in the production of Bourbons.[35] The company argues this extra step makes the product different from Bourbon. However, Tennessee whiskey is required to be "a straight Bourbon Whiskey" under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement[36] and Canadian law.[37] After mellowing, the whiskey is stored in newly handcrafted oak barrels, which give the whiskey its color and most of its flavor.[34]" They may call it what they like but due corn, and regardless of the Lincoln County Process, it's bourbon.
Jack Daniels in Goldeneye? I think not. M says she prefers bourbon and pours bond a glass of undisclosed whisky. Jack Daniels is not bourbon. Brandon: You are right however if you look closely at the bottle of whiskey it is clearly a black label with the Jack Daniels logo on it so even though she says bourbon it truly is Jack Daniels that she pours into the two glasses for Bond and herself.

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