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Anecdotes of Ages Collection

Journey to Market

For a whisky so steadfastly rooted to the place where it was born, The Macallan has travelled extraordinary distance.

Going the Distance

Each unique label of the Anecdotes of Ages Collection details significant stories relating to our community, history and The Macallan Estate’s beautiful natural landscape.

Whilst observance to tradition, an obsession with the best quality and a devotion to a gloriously distinct taste are sacrosanct, the view has also always been about keeping what’s best for the future in sight. Roderick Kemp opened up markets across the world, exporting to Ceylon (as it was), India, Australia and the United States.  

At the same time, The Macallan’s reputation began to permeate beyond the blending world as a small, discerning audience across the United Kingdom discovered its joys.

Anecdotes of Ages Collection Journey to Market Label Designed by Sir Peter Blake

The Story Behind the Label

Sir Peter Blake’s masterful collage label here summons icons and imagery of the industrial age. Modern technology eventually arrived at the Distillery in 1920 with the purchase, by Janet Harbinson as proprietor, of a 3.5 tonne steam wagon. It was immediately christened the ‘iron horse’.

Oak casks of The Macallan began leaving the Easter Elchies Estate a little more consistently, bound for Dandeleith Station and trains that would head to Aberdeen to catch steamers south to London, or to Glasgow for shipping to the New World or the Empire approaching its sunset.
The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Journey to Market Photo by Mary McCartney

Arriving Home

The whisky in the bottle, on which Sir Peter Blake’s label pays homage to these transports of delight, is in no danger of fading. This 1967 single malt could, indisputably, last for centuries. Its flavour notes signpost some of the distant reaches where The Macallan first travelled, with exotic hints of mango, ginger and nutmeg derived from the sherry seasoned oak cask.

The craft of Lead Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess, the art of Sir Peter Blake and Mary McCartney’s photograph (the front of the Distillery reflecting those far horizons) work so well together to chronicle both those journeys travelled and those that are yet to come.

With Care at Every Step

Recalling another famous product of Scotland, in the form of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Macallan is a whisky that will always ‘travel hopefully’ but, thanks to exceptional care at every stage of its process, it will also, always, arrive to an appreciative welcome.

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


The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection Journey to Market Mood Shot bottle in box


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

Anecdotes of Ages

In Collaboration with Sir Peter Blake