Once again Speyside giant Macallan have teamed up with British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake. Macallan Anecdotes of Ages is the third collaboration with the world-renowned artist, released in celebration of The Macallan's long history and of Sir Peter Blake's equally illustrious career.
ANECDOTES OF AGES: A collection of 13 bottles using vintage Macallan distilled in 1967, each release bears its own unique label created by Sir Peter Blake which have been inspired by the history and legacy of The Macallan Estate. Each of the 13 original Anecdotes of Ages bottles of whisky are hand-blown with an oak stopper, accompanied by a leather-bound book showcasing all 13 label artworks and corresponding stories from their history. While 12 of the original bottles will go to auction, the thirteenth original bottle of 'Down to Work' will be kept in The Macallan archive. This is one of 322 bottles that were produced from digital reproduction labels.
THE LABEL: Methodically, Harbinson (who was not related to Janet) restored the business with a steady optimism, a stoic get-up-and-go that fuelled the growth of the 1950s and 60s. From his tiny office, in the 1970s, he decreed that The Macallan remain faithful to sherry seasoned oak casks. Quality and continuity were his abiding focus.
On this label Sir Peter Blake chronicles that time, championing workers who devoted their – in many cases – lifelong efforts to whisky making. The Distillery served as the heart of both their working lives and also as a social and family hub. The earlier support for war widows and hardworking Land Girls was an extension of this social philanthropy.
SIR PETER BLAKE: Sir Peter Blake (born. 1932, Dartford, Kent) is a British painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British Pop art. Peter Blake studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied alongside other key British Pop artists, David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1956, Blake began to appropriate pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create homages to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers. Best known for is co-creating the sleeve design for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.