Macallan is one of the finest names in Scotch Whisky. Their premium single malt bottles range from fine to finer all the way up to finest available. Albert Watson is a Scottish photographer famous for taking iconic pictures of celebrities, including Alfred Hitchcock and Mick Jagger. Macallan commissioned him for their 2010 Master’s of Photography series, which is meant to explore the complexities of both whisky-making and image-making.
Watson followed the whisky, by way of their oak casks, from Spain to Andalucia to Speyside, Scotland. He told Nowness, “I wanted to do something graphically solid and a bit more monumentalÃ¢â‚¬â€monumental in the sense of something heavy looking; theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re shot with a level of contrast and richness.” The result is a beautifully nuance portrait of the whisky-making process.
Each of the 36 photographs will be sold alongside a bottle of Macallan’s 1946 Fine And Rare. Prices are undisclosed, but a bottle of the 50 year old (minus art) sells for $17,000.