Macallan Whisky collaborates with English pop artist, Sir Peter Blake to create 13 one-of-a-kind whisky bottles. “The Anecdotes of Ages Collection,” features labels inviting collectors a deeper look into the brand’s history, community and landscape of The Macallan Estate. The special edition was unveiled on 17th February via a virtual presentation.
In the pair’s third collaboration, each bottle contains 1967 whisky, the year reflective of Sir Peter Blake’s classic collage-style art of the time. “This extraordinary collection of whisky and art is like a collection of stories that pay homage to the past”, says the 88-year-old artist.
The Godfather of British Pop Art is best known for creating the sleeve design for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Blake style of art sources imagery from popular culture to produce colourful and distinctly graphic works.
Only 322 bottles will be available worldwide for a suggested retail price of $83,000, each hand-blown with an oak stopper, and a label signed by Sir Peter Blake. Encased in a handcrafted European oak case, each bottle is accompanied by a leather-bound book showcasing the label artworks and their stories, as well as a certificate of authenticity. “The nose of this whisky is classic antique oak, opening to dried fruit notes of fig, pineapple and mango with a decadent strawberry chocolate” says Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker of the 54-year-old curated liquor.
On March 13, the bottles will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives.
Completing the limited edition release is a whisky inspired by The Macallan and Blake, An Estate, A Community and A Distillery – which will be sold for $1,200, along with a custom box plus a printed reproduction of Blake’s artwork.
For those appreciative of great art and even better whisky, visit The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Virtual Art Exhibit.