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The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein

26th April 2017
The Macallan unveils Steven Klein as the latest edition in their Masters of Photography series.

The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein

The Macallan has unveiled its sixth Masters of Photography release, The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein which is part of a ongoing special limited edition series which showcases the mastery and art of both photography and whisky making. This latest edition marks a change in creative direction, with the master of visual ambiguity, Steven Klein, capturing and distilling a single moment in time through film and imagery.

Since 2008, The Macallan has partnered with some of the most well known photographers in the industry like Annie Lebowitz, Elliott Erwitt and Mario Testino to marry the art of whisky making with their incredible interpretations of the world of The Macallan. This year, The Macallan Masters of Photography series partnered with Steven Klein to explore an ingredient fundamental in the making of The Macallan: time. The unspoken fourth ingredient in The Macallan as each bottle of whisky captures a moment in time; to be enjoyed in the future - but always rooted to a time in the past.

The Macallan say that to portray this distinctive piece, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, has created a whisky which reveals a very specific and unusual character and flavour, itself capturing a moment in time, mirroring Bob Dalgarno's own interpretation of Steven Klein's work.

Inspired by the past, and uncharacteristic for The Macallan, peated notes represent the smokiness of the industrial setting of Klein's film. Some of the rare Macallan whiskies of that era were indeed peated in profile. The whisky also represents The Macallan's first ever use of casks previously used for Rioja wine, which provides flavors of sweet berries and spices, along with an unusual pinkish red color, again reflective of the artist's imagery. The result, a whisky with sweetness and vibrancy unseen before in any Macallan.

Steven Klein commented, "This project has given me the chance to create a film and a special edition bottle and box. This was a true merging of artist and commerce, where I had great support from the team at Macallan in this endeavour."

Klein continued "My intention was to examine a world standing still through a moving camera. Typically with consumption of alcohol, there is always an abundance of movement. I thought what if it had all stopped for a moment and I could take a closer look at it. The idea is the perception of time. I used one of my favourite designers, Thom Brown, for the characters because I believe his clothes are bridged between the past and future in a great way."

Klein distills a moment in time through his distinctive and disruptive lens to create a short film and ten individual images of an incredible tableau. This edition is paired with a whisky of such standout quality, itself capturing an ultimate Macallan moment, limited to only 1,000 bottles worldwide.

As you would expect for a high end premium single malt whisky, The Masters of Photography: Steven Klein edition is presented in a stunning black case containing the limited edition whisky and one of ten different Steven Klein exclusive signed prints. A striking horse's head bottle stopper, along with a range of custom barware tools to create special serves and flavour experiences are also included, inspired by the most innovative trio in the world of cuisine, the Roca brothers of El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and ultimately, Klein's own dark and glamorous style.

The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein will retail at approximately $2,995 USD, with only 100 bottles allocated to the USA. For purchasing inquiries, please email: Inquiries.us@themacallan.com

You will find the current Johnnie Walker whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein Review

The Macallan Masters of Photography Steven Klein was bottled at 53.5% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Red Mahogany.

Nose: Sweet berries, hints of chalk and light vanilla. Dried fruits, oak, caramelized ginger, citrus orange, a wisp of smoke.

Taste: Sweet spice lingers then opens up to show subtle smokiness. Dark chocolate combines with orange zest. Resinous oak is soft and textured.


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