The Macallan has unveiled the Anecdotes of Ages Collection in Singapore, an extraordinary art and whisky collaboration with globally renowned British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. The collaboration, which is The Macallan’s third with the iconic artist and is part of a relationship which has spanned more than three decades, celebrates The Macallan’s rich legacy and Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable contribution to the art world. To showcase The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake’s creative journey from inspiration to bottle, a one-of-a-kind innovative exhibition will be held at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore to give art and whisky enthusiasts an opportunity to explore The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection.
Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery will be open for public admission exclusively from 29 June to 9 July 2021. Discovering the legacy of art and exceptional whisky, guests will embark on a self-exploration journey through a chaptered adventure beginning in Sir Peter Blake’s studio, delving into various unique exhibits that bring to life different story thematic capturing the ethos of the 13 stories that inspired the collection.
At the heart of the esteemed collection are 13 one-of-a-kind bottles of exceptional 1967 whisky. Classic but with a distinctly colourful character, this peerless single malt Scotch has been matured for more than 50 years and was carefully selected to represent the year that Sir Peter Blake’s signature collages transcended from art into popular culture.
Each individual bottle features its own original Sir Peter Blake collage art on the label, detailing unique stories relating to The Macallan’s history, community, and the beautiful natural landscape of The Macallan Estate.
Pioneering pop artist Sir Peter Blake is renowned for his highly distinctive collages featuring images from popular culture. His diverse style ranges from colourful lettering to likeness drawing, but he remains best known for his signature crowd work. Over many decades, his unique and timeless style has transcended fashion, music, and even art movements.
The long-held relationship between The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake is based on a mutual respect for craftsmanship as well as a strong desire to deliver truly creative and visionary work. In 1986 he collaborated with The Macallan to create a bespoke label for The Macallan 1926 taking inspiration from the events of the era. In 2012 The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake collaborated again to create a unique, limited edition art piece in celebration of his 80th birthday and decades of collaborating with The Macallan.
As part of The Macallan’s strong support for the arts, one of the extremely scarce 13 Anecdotes of Ages bottles was auctioned by Sotheby’s in March 2021. Proceeds will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to advance efforts underway at the Guggenheim to increase free access and develop engagement with a variety of audiences, in alignment with the museum’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives.
Sir Peter Blake said: “I am deeply inspired by the incredible legacy of The Macallan, and its emphasis on family, tradition, and the natural world.
“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. 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.”
Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker at The Macallan, said: “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. 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.”
The exquisite and incredibly rare Anecdotes of Ages Collection will be sought after worldwide by whisky and art lovers alike.
Each of the 13 original bottles 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.
While the 13th original bottle is retained in The Macallan archive, 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.
Whisky lovers will also welcome the release of a further special single malt Scotch created to commemorate Sir Peter Blake’s visit to The Macallan Estate on the legendary River Spey. An Estate, A Community and A Distillery is displayed in a custom box inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s art, alongside a certificate outlining the history and heritage on which the art was based, and Sir Peter Blake’s artwork printed on a scroll.
The Anecdotes of Ages Collection: Down to Work Limited Edition is priced at SGD 89,800 and is available for purchase upon enquiry at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore only.
An Estate, A Community and A Distillery is priced at SGD 1,350 and is available at The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore and selected leading premium retailers in Singapore.
To reserve an experience to the Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery, please visit https://www.themacallan.com/en-sg/sirpeterblakegallery.
Whisky Maker’s Notes:
Anecdotes of Ages Collection: Down to Work Limited Edition
Colour: Caramelised peach
Aroma: Classic antique oak, dried fruit and fig combined with hints of pineapple and mango layered with a decadent chocolate strawberry note
Palate: Warm chocolate with light nutmeg and ginger, oak spices and sweet oak opening into pineapple and coconut with an unexpected strawberry and hazelnut burst
Finish: Complex with a medium to long finish of chocolate, sweet oak and lightly spiced peach
An Estate, A Community and A Distillery
Aroma: Rich in dried fruits and spices with a hint of orange and clove
Palate: Dried fruits with cracked black pepper and treacle, accents of vanilla and orange oil
Finish: A long, rich oak finish with cinnamon and cacao
Sir Peter Blake: The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Gallery
Address: Raffles Arcade
328 North Bridge Road, #01-04, Singapore 188719
Opening hours: 29 June to 9 July 2021
11AM – 8.30PM (Last session starts at 7.15pm)
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The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore
Address: Raffles Arcade
328 North Bridge Road, #01-07, Singapore 188719
Opening hours: Daily (except designated public holidays*)
11AM – 9.30PM
*Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year Eve, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year