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Exhibition launched at the Phillips de Pury gallery

Masters of Photography, London Launch

Wednesday 1st December 2010, Phillips de Pury, London UK

On a cold and snowy night in London there was cause for celebration for The Macallan as the Masters of Photography exhibition was launched at the Phillips de Pury gallery. Albert Watson was present to launch the collection of his prints telling the story of the journey of our sherry oak casks from Spain to Speyside. The photos run as a series of black and white prints which detail the journey of a couple as they travel from the Santander forest in Spain, to the barrel cooperage in Jerez and then up through Europe to the Highlands of Scotland, and finally to The Macallan distillery with the iconic Easter Elchies House.

Partnered with the Albert Watson portfolio and Platinum prints is the whisky itself; a special 20 year old Sherry oak expression (luckily there was a small amount to taste, see the notes below), is used for the limited edition run of a thousand bottles and 1946 (the date that Albert met his wife Elizabeth) Fine & Rare is used for the Platinum prints special edition – of which only 36 prints and bottles have been made. The development and craftsmanship of the two worlds of whisky and photography have been combined in a unique fashion which are being exhibited around the world over the next few months, and available for sale worldwide as part of our Master of Photography annual series.

Tasting notes – The Macallan Sherry Oak 20 year old

NOSE – Dark chocolate orange, cloves, ginger and dried fruit, accented by polished oak

TASTE - Robust spine of blood orange and exotic spices, with an abundance of sun ripened raisins, dates and sultanas

FINISH – Tantalisingly long, oak, allspice, stem ginger with sustained fruitiness

COLOUR – Lacquered rosewood

300 guests braved the wintry conditions to attend the event where they were warmly welcomed by the exhibition itself and a bar serving Macallan Sherry and Fine oak 10yo, as well as some excellent cocktails using these expressions. The Highlander and Macallan Julep proved very popular, and you can find the recipes below. To go with the drinks there were excellent canapés inspired by the Spanish part of the journey and complimented the drinks and conversations about photography.

Cocktail recipes:

The Highlander – The Macallan Sherry Oak 10yo, Galliano, Whisky Bitters, Ginger Ale served long in a highball glass over cubed ice and orange zest spiral to garnish

The Macallan Julep – The Macallan Fine Oak 10yo, muddled mint leaves, simple sugar syrup, served in a rocks glass with crushed ice and mint sprig to garnish

A video of the Albert Watson journey was running throughout the night and we hope to share this with you here or on YouTube very soon, as it documents the filming process of Albert Watson and his subject matter. There is information on our website for registering interest in the Platinum series bottles and the Limited edition bottles will be available through select retailers worldwide; we look forward to updating you on the exhibition as it makes its way around the globe over the next few months.

The exhibition was to mark the launch of not only the work of Albert Watson but also the start of the Masters of Photography competition. The competition is an opportunity for the fans of The Macallan to enter their own images of “great journeys” to be judged by a panel led by Albert Watson himself. For a chance to win some fantastic travel and photography prizes please enter via the Masters of Photography website, good luck!

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