Macallan ‘Sir Peter Blake’ Single Malt Whisky (Limited Edition)
When The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker, Sarah Burgess met with world’s renowned Artist Sir Peter Blake it was a meeting of two minds, inspiring the careful selection of casks to create a complex yet perfectly balanced single malt. Macallan’s collaboration with Sir Peter Blake began in 1986 when he designed a label for a set of twelve 1926 60 Years Old single malts. The label artwork in Blake’s signature style reflects the time that the sherry-seasoned cask was laid down to patiently mature at our Distillery during the 1920s. In 2012 we collaborated again to celebrate 80 years of Sir Peter Blake. The resulting piece of art is like a treasure trove of colour and stories, containing eight whisky miniatures, each with a label reflecting a particular decade of Sir Peter Blake’s life, surrounded by intricate artwork representing our whisky making process.
For this 3rd collaboration release, the label that adorns this limited edition single malt has been created by Sir Peter Blake digitally. Taking inspiration from Sir Peter, the presentation box has been created with colours that inspired his art – blue and green with natural textures. The presentation box houses the bottle, a certificate detailing the history and heritage on which the art was based, and artwork printed on a scroll. This brightly coloured scroll contains a collage representing anecdotes from the wider collection, portrayed in Sir Peter Blake’s distinct style. A tracing paper overlay provides information on each character from The Macallan’s history that Sir Peter chose to include in his art.
With a nose Rich in dried fruits and spices with hints of orange and clove. Dried fruits again on the palate, with cracked black pepper and treacle, accents of vanilla and orange oil. A long, rich oak finish with cinnamon and cacao.
Founded in 1824, The Macallan was one of the first distillers in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then we have built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland – and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship.
The Macallan distillery was founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. The original name of the area was “Maghellan”, taken from the Gallic word “magh”, meaning fertile ground and “Ellan”, from the Monk St.Fillan – who held a close association with the church that stood in the grounds of The Macallan Estate until 1400. Farmers had been making whisky on their Speyside farms in the area for centuries, using their surplus barley during the quieter winter months.