The Macallan unveils Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery, an art and whisky exhibition at Raffles Hotel Singapore showcasing its third collaboration with the renown British pop artist.
The Macallan always had an affinity for art, and its latest fling with the visual arts sees the leading whisky brand open a pop-up gallery showcasing its third collaboration with renown British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. “Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery” is a visual and digital gallery showcase in Raffles Hotel Singapore, a refresh of the space that previously hosted its multi-sensory pop-up The Macallan Experience.
This latest exhibition is really a tribute to pioneering artist Sir Peter Blake – who is considered the father of British pop art – and with whom The Macallan has worked with for over thirty years. Sir Peter is best known for creative works such as co-designing the album sleeve for the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as album designs for other music greats such as The Who, Eric Clapton, and Oasis, among others.
More importantly the exhibition acts as a showcase of The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection, a set of thirteen exceptional one-of-a-kind 1967 whiskies. Each of these bottles feature an original Sir Peter Blake collage art on the label, detailing unique stories relating to The Macallan’s history, community, and the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds The Macallan Estate.
The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection is Sir Peter Blake’s third collaboration with The Macallan. Back in 1986 he helped The Macallan design a bespoke label for The Macallan 1926, taking inspiration from events in that era. In 2012 they worked together on “The Macallan Sir Peter Blake Celebrate Eight Decades”, is a highly sought-after limited-edition collaboration whisky set.
“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,” Sir Peter Blake shared. “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.”
“This exceptional 1967 whisky was chosen for its classic yet distinctively colourful character, which is reminiscent of Sir Peter Blake’s work of the same year,” explained Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker at The Macallan. “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 flavours of chocolate and lightly spiced peach. It is in many ways, its own work of art.”
Each of the 13 original bottles in the incredibly rare Anecdotes of Ages Collection are hand-blown with an oak stopper, and feature a label signed by Sir Peter Blake. Presented in a handcrafted European oak case incorporating thumbnail photography revealing Sir Peter Blake’s inspirational journey with The Macallan, the expressions are also accompanied by a leather-bound book showcasing all 13 label artworks and corresponding stories, as well as a certificate of authenticity. Of particular note is the Anecdotes of Ages Collection: The Old Farm will be exclusively showcased at Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery in Singapore.
A highly limited-edition whisky featuring a duplicate label and the same rare 1967 whisky, has been released as Anecdotes of Ages Collection: Down to Work Limited Edition. Only 322 bottles are available worldwide, where an extremely limited quantity is available for purchase upon enquiry at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore at a price of S$89,800.
Another special bottle available for purchase is An Estate, A Community and A Distillery, which was created to commemorate Sir Peter Blake’s visit to The Macallan Estate on the legendary River Spey. This is priced at S$1,350, and is available at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore as well as selected leading premium retailers in Singapore.
Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery is open to the public from 29 June to 9 July 2021. To reserve your experience, visit https://www.themacallan.com/en-sg/sirpeterblakegallery. Entrance is free.
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