The Macallan has unveiled The Anecdotes of Ages Collection, a limited-release whisky and art collection with legendary British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake. Celebrating the legacy and history of Sir Peter Blake and The Macallan, the collection consists of 13 one-of-a-kind bottles of exceptional 1967 whisky.
These one-of-a-kind bottles are representative of the year that Sir Peter Blake’s collage style transformed the art world into pop culture. Each individual bottle is decorated with its own original Sir Peter Blake collage art on the label, detailing unique stories relating to The Macallan’s history, community, and the natural landscape of The Macallan Estate. One of the original bottles will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in March 2020 in support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives.
I am deeply inspired by the incredible legacy of The Macallan, and its emphasis on family, tradition, and the natural world. Each collage in The Anecdotes of Ages Collection is inspired by The Macallan’s history and heritage, one that respects time and craft, two essential components of my own creative process. I meticulously worked on each collage, pulling from The Macallan Estate’s rich history to complete a collection that is a celebration of art and whisky. – Sir Peter Blake
Each of the 13 original Anecdotes of Ages hand-blown bottles come with an oak stopper, and is presented in a handcrafted European oak case. This case includes thumbnail photography revealing Sir Peter Blake’s inspirational journey with The Macallan, a leather-bound book showcasing all 13 label artworks and corresponding stories, and a certificate of authenticity.
While the 13th original bottle will be retained in The Macallan archive, a highly limited edition whisky featuring a duplicate label and the same rare 1967 whisky, will be released as The Anecdotes of Ages Collection: Down to Work Limited Edition. Only 322 bottles will be available worldwide and will cost $83,000.
This exceptional 1967 whisky was chosen for its classic yet distinctively colorful character, which is reminiscent of Sir Peter Blake’s work of the same year. With notes of oak and fig leading to a burst of hazelnut and strawberry, this is a truly special single malt that finishes with complex flavors of chocolate and lightly spiced peach. It is in many ways, its own work of art. – Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker
A specially created whisky inspired by The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake’s shared love of beauty, nature and legacy – An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery – will be offered for $1,200 displayed in a custom box inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s art, alongside a certificate, and Sir Peter Blake’s artwork printed on a scroll.
Art and whisky enthusiasts can explore The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake’s latest collaboration through The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Virtual Art Exhibit. The virtual journey begins in the Sir Peter Blake studio where digital attendees will explore his famous pioneering pop art and collage style. Next, they will visit the Anecdotes of Ages gallery, showcasing the inspiration behind each of the artworks that Blake created to tell the story of 13 bottles of The Macallan.