The Macallan and Bentley Motors Collaborate with a Stunning Whisky Design

The Macallan and Bentley Motors Collaborate with a Stunning Whisky Design

In a historic collaboration marking its 200th anniversary, The Macallan has joined forces with Bentley Motors to unveil a groundbreaking creation: The Macallan Horizon. 

This exclusive single malt Scotch whisky is not just a beverage; it's a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship, aiming to set a new standard in whisky bottle aesthetics.

Limited Release

Crafted under the expert guidance of Kirsteen Campbell, The Macallan's master whisky maker, The Macallan Horizon is a limited release comprising only 700 bottles worldwide. What sets this whisky apart is not just its impeccable taste but also its revolutionary design.

The Decanter

The decanter of The Macallan Horizon is a sight to behold, designed to be displayed horizontally, challenging the conventional vertical presentation of whisky bottles. 

With a 180-degree twist detail and an aluminium ribbon encasing the glass, it pays homage to the sleek bodywork of a Bentley motorcar. The intricate design is further elevated with a lining of low-carbon leather and a recycled copper frame, showcasing the commitment to sustainability shared by both brands.

One of the most remarkable features of The Macallan Horizon is its closure, which incorporates an inlay of oak wood sourced from one of the six casks used in the whisky's maturation process. Inspired by the aesthetics of Bentley's Drive Dynamic Control rotary dial, this detail adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the sculpture. To complete the luxurious experience, the decanter is finished with Bentley's signature crown-cut walnut veneer.

macallan horizon decanter

Tasting Notes

The Macallan Horizon has complex tasting notes, and even the ABV at 46.6%, is a nod to both the six casks and The Macallan’s Six Pillars

  • Nose: Resinous polished oak with plums and dark cherries, alongside aromatic fresh leather and a herbal, leafy note. An abundance of dried fruits follow - sticky dates, raisins and sultanas leading on to sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg with a hint of cloves.
  • Palate: Wonderfully rich and indulgent. Dark treacle notes with cinder toffee, crystalised ginger and charred pineapple. Sweet vanilla pods and fudge develop, followed by dark chocolate-coated Brazil nuts and a warming oak spice.
  • Finish: Rich oak, long, complex. 
  • Colour: Dark mahogany 

The Partnership

Adrian Hallmark, Bentley's chairman and CEO, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating that The Macallan Horizon represents "a new benchmark for design, materials, and quality in this space." This sentiment echoes the sentiment shared by whisky enthusiasts and design aficionados alike.

The journey towards creating The Macallan Horizon began in July 2021 when the partnership between The Macallan and Bentley Motors was announced. It culminated in the unveiling of the whisky and its stunning vessel, after years of meticulous planning and collaboration.

Jaume Ferras, Creative Director at The Macallan, described The Macallan Horizon as the most ambitious project the distillery has undertaken. He emphasised the profound exchange of expertise between The Macallan and Bentley Motors, which inspired them to challenge traditional norms in the spirits industry. By embracing the horizontal plane associated with Bentley's grand tourers, they reimagined the presentation of whisky, creating a truly unique and unforgettable experience for connoisseurs.

Where to Buy

The Macallan Horizon offers whisky enthusiasts an unparalleled sensory and visual journey. Available in a limited edition release, it is priced at £40,000 for a 70cl bottle. 

Starting in April, it will be available for purchase at The Macallan Estate Boutique, select domestic and travel retail boutiques globally, and premium off-trade retailers, including Berry Bros. & Rudd and the Balmoral Hotel.

Add to Your Whisky Collection

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