Speyside’s Scotch maker The Macallan brings a brand new expression to its stable of Masters of Photography collection that celebrates the art of photography and the intricacy of whisky making. The Macallan Masters of Photography: Steven Klein Edition is the latest addition to the previous family of five, including collaborations with iconic photographers such as Rankin, Albert Watson, Annie Leibovitz, Elliott Erwitt and Mario Testino.
The legendary photographer behind the eponymous whisky is famous for his high-profile advertising campaigns for fashion powerhouses such as Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen. Additionally, he frequently collaborates with queen of pop Madonna for her provocative music videos.
This limited-to-1,000-set whisky is aimed at encapsulating the very artistic essence of Klein in its rich aromas and tastes.
For this purpose, Klein undertakes a special project, exploring the absolute fundamental ingredient in the making of The Macallan whiskies—time. Entitled Time Captured, the short film reveals an imaginative world where time stands still, yet the senses are heightened and the present moment is slowed, stretched and distilled.
The Macallan Masters of Photography: Steven Klein Edition is presented in a stunning black case containing the limited-edition whisky, Klein’s signed print, horse’s head bottle stopper, a range of tools to create serves and flavour experiences inspired by the Roca brothers of El Celler de Can Roca.
On the nose, sweet berries are brought to the fore, tempered with hints of chalk and light vanilla. Dried fruits ripen but are still to open. Period oak, reminiscent of classrooms and gym halls. Ginger is caramelised, sweet and yet drying. Orange rounds out with a wisp of smoke.
Following on the palate is the lingering sweet spice that opens up to show subtle smokiness, with hints of dark chocolate and orange zest. Resinous oak is soft and textured. Wood smoke shows late.
The finish is medium to long, containing soft, rich fruit and ending in wood smoke.