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Macallan: new Masters of Photography whisky

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Speyside single malt Macallan has unveiled the sixth instalment of its Masters of Photography series, this time in collaboration with photographer Steven Klein.

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Timeless design: Steven Klein used the perception of time as his inspiration

Inspired by the concept of ‘time’, only 1,000 bottles of the Masters of Photography: Steven Klein expression, bottled at 53.5% abv, will be released globally, priced at about US$2,995.

Created by Macallan master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno, the release is the brand’s first use of ex-Rioja wine casks, which are said to impart flavours of sweet berries and spices, as well as an ‘unusual pinkish red colour’.

Each pack includes a black presentation case, one of 10 different Steven Klein exclusive signed prints and a selection of custom barware tools, inspired by the Roca brothers of the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Spain. The bottle stopper has been fashioned to look like a horse’s head.

First launched in 2008, previous participants in the Masters of Photography series include Annie Leibowitz, Elliott Erwitt and Mario Testino.

Klein said: ‘My intention was to examine a world standing still through a moving camera. Typically, with consumption of alcohol, there is always an abundance of movement. I thought, what if it had all stopped for a moment and I could take a closer look at it. The idea is the perception of time.

‘I used one of my favourite designers, Thom Brown, for the characters because I believe his clothes are bridged between the past and future in a great way.’

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