Moments of Precision
The Macallan M Black decanter: The challenge of time distilled
There are certain moments in time when traditional notions of what is – and isn’t – possible need to be challenged. The origins of creating our M Black decanter is one of them.
There’s a lot to be said for time-honoured traditions and processes, they’re the foundation of celebrated craftsmanship and connoisseurship. Yet without a certain element of risk there would be no innovation and no capacity for growth and transformation.
When we partnered with legendary crystal makers Lalique and renowned creative director Fabien Baron to create The Macallan M Black decanter, we kept that convention-breaking, risk-taking spirit firmly in mind. The goal? To push the boundaries of what was possible with both crystal and traditional decanter design to create something truly exceptional.
With Baron having crafted identities for some of the most influential brands in the fashion and fragrance world and Lalique masters of their craft, the challenge was to create a decanter that not only embodied our distinct ethos and heritage, but used crystal in a unique and exciting way.
The decanter is completely unique in the world of decanters, very difficult to produce because of its shape and black colour. Lalique, masters of crystal, have relished applying their most complex skills to bring Fabien Baron’s creative vision to life in spectacular black crystal.Silvio Denz, Chairman of Lalique
Baron’s design was ambitious and presented a significant task for Lalique, pushing their level of technical skill to an almost impossible level. Mouth-blown glass is a difficult craft to begin with, and creating a vessel with the angular, sharp-sided edges Baron envisaged was a fundamental challenge on multiple levels. Yet choosing to embrace this risk meant that the resulting decanters were that much more rewarding, as they embodied the peerless skill, dedication and mastery of these inimitable artists.
Representing absolute time distilled; all captured in flawless black crystal, the result is an unexpectedly deep black, geometric, slimline decanter with six distinct faces to represent The Macallan’s Six Pillars – the guiding principles that shape everything we do and define our character.
The challenge of black crystal
Each handcrafted decanter unites tradition with striking, uncompromising originality. It exudes beauty and integrity at every glance and with the colour comes a darkness and a sense of mystery. René Lalique knew the power of this unlikely alliance between darkness and transparency. The Macallan M Black decanter emits a captivating vision of contemporary black crystal with spectacular depth and character, taking the art of contemporary decanter making to a whole new level.
The M Black is a true work of art that raises the bar for whisky decanters around the world.Geoff Kirk, Head of Brand Development – The Macallan