When The Macallan wants to collaborate, you can't go wrong with Sir Peter Blake. The English artist is a prominent figure in the pop art movement. While his name might not ring a bell to the general public, it is his design of The Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, that many would recognise.
Along with this then-wife, Jann Haworth, Sir Blake designed the album cover from the concept of "who would be in the crowd that watched the Beatles play a concert in the park?" The end result is the Beatles posing in the midst of life-sized photos of personalities pasted onto hardboard. Personalities include Edgar Allen Poe, Bob Dylan and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few.
In 1986, Sir Blake created a bespoke label for The Macallan 1926 and in 2012, The Macallan and he worked together to create a limited edition art piece to celebrate his 80th birthday. In this third outing, The Macallan showcases the artist's contribution and relationship with the whisky brand in an exhibition called, Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery. Visitors will be greeted to a rendition of Sir Blake's studio, as well as, the introduction of the collection of 13 one-of-a-kind bottles of 1967 whisky. This single malt Scotch was matured for more than 50 years and have notes of oak and fig that opens to a burst of hazelnut and strawberry before ending with a complex flavours of chocolate and spiced peach.
Each of the 13 bottles have an original signed collage art from Sir Blake that ties back to a piece of The Macallan's history, community and The Macallan Estate. Each bottle are also are hand-blown with an oak stopper and comes in a handcrafted European oak case that includes a leather-bound book with all 13 label artworks, corresponding stories and a certificate of authenticity.
Twelve of these bottles are showcased in various city with Singapore nabbing Anecdotes of Ages Collection: The Old Farm for display (the 13th bottle remains behind lock-and-key of The Macallan archives). For the rest of us, Anecdotes of Ages Collection: Down to Work Limited Edition, will be made available to the public for purchase. There are 322 of these 1967 whisky with the duplicate labels and they will retail for SGD89,900 each at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore and selected retailers.
Click here to preview the Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery. The event runs until 9 July 2021.