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The Right Shot: The Art of Photography & Whiskey

January 25, 2011 5:25 pm - Posted by Zachary in Drink

In the past 30 years iconic Grammy Award winning photographer Albert Watson has over 200 Vogue and 40 Rolling Stone covers to his credit and in 2010 decided to take his lenses on the “road less travelled”, to document The Macallan signature sherry oak casks on their  journey from the scenic forests of northern Spain to The Macallan home in Scotland.

An evening away from Wine Portfolio last Thursday led me to the pleasure of attending  The Macallan Masters of Photography Collection premiere at the Milk Studio in New York’s meatpacking district.

Showcasing two revered art processes, photography and whiskey-making, Watson took a 12-day photographic odyssey to document the journey of a young couple taking a voyage of discovery and the breathtaking backdrops they encounter along the way of the more than 600 miles of bucolic scenery.

Olivia Munn, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s newest correspondent said she was “thrilled to be here and to be living in New York” while Vincent Piazza who plays “Lucky Luciano” on the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” was also in attendance.

Even though the buzz in the room on Thursday was about the beauty of the iconic images of Mr. Watsons’ photo series, the real star of the night was The Macallan Sherry Oak 20 Years Old. A limited selection of just 200 bottles  is available for purchase now in the U.S. for $1,000 each. The bottle arrives in a sleek black presentation box and includes a specially commissioned label by Watson alongside a set of 10 unique portfolio prints.

For collectors another 36 individually customized bottles of The Macallan 1946 whiskey, the year Watson first met his wife, Elizabeth, each with a signed one-of-a-kind collectible platinum print, will also be available for purchase later this year for $16,000.

I for one would love to try The Macallan 1946 whiskey but I think it is out of my price range. I have sampled a 1970 whiskey. What about you, what’s the oldest tipple you’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy?

By Zachary Puznak

For more information: http://www.themacallan.com/home.aspx

2 Responses to “The Right Shot: The Art of Photography & Whiskey”

  1. Kevin says:

    Nice blog Zach. I had the pleasure of trying just a sip of a 50 year old scotch from The Glenturret Distillery in Creiff about 10 years ago. We spent the day shooting around the property and in the end they had a little tasting for us. The 50 yr old was like butter, smooth and delicious.

  2. Zachary says:

    Thanks Kevin. That Glenturret sounds quite nice. Last summer at a friends my wife and I were tasting a 1970 Bruichladdich and the blossomy aroma and the taste of lime and spice flavour still brings tingles to my palate.


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