It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Elchies estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.
Presented in early 2021, Down to Work is the result of the Speyside giant once again collaborating with acclaimed British artist, Sir Peter Blake. Famously the designer of The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band record sleeve, he is perhaps best known in the whisky world for labelling 12 bottles of the legendary Macallan 1926: currently the most expensive single malt in history. This is the third time he and The Macallan have worked together.
Down to Work is an extension of the Anecdotes of Ages collection, which saw Blake produce thirteen bespoke labels to be affixed to a single cask of 1967 vintage Macallan, each depicting important themes from the distillery's history. This one represents the decision to persevere with using sherry-seasoned oak casks in the face of industry and market pressure to compromise. The original hand-created Blake label has been placed in the Macallan archive, and 322 bottles were produced with a digital reproduction of it, this is one of them.
Comes with original travel packaging and shipping boxes.