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Anecdotes of Ages Collection

Easter Elchies Estate

Home to The Macallan since 1824, the natural beauty of Easter Elchies Estate has long captivated authors and artists.

Where it all began..

Each of the 13 original bottles with their unique labels details significant stories relating to our history, community, and the beautiful natural landscape of The Macallan Estate. 

A sunny, summer evening at Easter Elchies is a joy.  Since The Macallan officially began life here in 1824, such moments have inspired countless artists and authors.  Those who frequent The Macallan Estate relish the warmth too, mindful of the seasons to come. For visitors and dwellers alike, this is a cherished landscape of forests and farmland, set against vistas of epic proportions. 

Anecdotes of Ages Collection Easter Elchies Estate Label Designed by Sir Peter Blake

About the Label

On this label, against a backdrop of sunlit fields and trees, Sir Peter Blake introduces five local inhabitants. They are startling in their immediacy. Vibrant, russet red and gold against the green, they radiate pulsing life. Bold collage lends the creatures extraordinary presence.

The red squirrel, scarce to non-existent elsewhere, is proudly native. Red deer stag, red-legged partridge, hares and rabbits enjoy rights to roam, long written into the natural cycle.

Nature on The Estate

The Estate’s small herd of hairy Highland cattle (with some Aberdeen Angus companions) continue a long tradition of farming at Easter Elchies. The land tells of cultivation and diligent care.

That respect is amplified by The Macallan’s commitment to sustainability. Co-existence, in complete harmony with nature, is not a feelgood indulgence, but an imperative here.
 
The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Easter Elchies Estate photography by Mary McCartney
In Mary McCartney’s photograph, the season has advanced to autumn. A wide and weathered tree stump, on which the bottle sits, is of great age. It hints at the necessity of renewal on the Estate, even as the stump plays nursery to opportunistic flora and fungi.

The warmth of the setting, as on the label, is a perfect cipher for the liquid in the bottle. A single malt from a rare, 1967 outturn, it was ‘nosed’ by Lead Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess. There are rich, exotic hints of fig, mango and light nutmeg that, together with the familiar sherried oak notes that characterise The Macallan, deliver a profile that sings every bit as magically as Easter Elchies appears in the gentle, evening sun.

The Experience

  • Colour

    Caramelised peach

  • Nose

    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

  • ABV

    46.7%

Anecdotes of Ages Collection Easter Elchies Estate Mood Shot in open box

An Artistic Presentation

The outer box for these special whiskies has been modelled on Sir Peter Blake’s own traditional art supply box, bringing together the world of art and whisky. A squirrel is laser etched on a removable panel, revealing a thumbnail photography collage documenting Sir Peter’s journey with The Macallan for the creation of this collection. 

On the side a sliding drawer features Sir Peter’s signature laser etched into the oak. Within is a leather bound book sustainably sourced in Scotland, revealing the 13 unique stories behind the full Anecdotes of Ages Collection.  

Anecdotes of Ages

Paying Homage to the Past

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In Collaboration with Sir Peter Blake