The partnership between Bentley and The Macallan continues to reach new heights, or in the case of The Macallan Horizon, new speeds. In the latest collaborative project between the famed automaker and the iconic Scottish distillery, the pair have created a whisky bottle that more closely resembles a sculptural work of art than your typical decanter, with parts of a recycled Bentley integrated directly into its design.
The remarkable design of the bottle draws inspiration from the profile of a car moving at speed, flipping the standard vertical whisky bottle design 90 degrees onto a purpose-built cradle, as the design doesn’t feature a standing base. Encasing the 180-degree twisted hand-made glass bottle is a set of spiralling arms that have been crafted from sustainable materials.
These materials include recycled copper taken from small The Macallan spirit stills, aluminium taken variously from a Bentley Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga, as well as wood provided by both brands. In essence, the entire design is driven by both The Macallan and Bentley’s concerns around sustainability and hope for a more environmentally friendly future.
“Taking inspiration from the car industry, we are showcasing our creative development of The Macallan Horizon, which is among the most ground-breaking projects we have embarked on in our 200-year history,” explained Jaume Ferras, Global Creative Director for The Macallan.
“Working with Bentley Motors has inspired us to see things differently. In the whisky world, everything is upright, such as our stills and our bottles. When we looked at the horizontal direction pursued by Bentley Motors as part of the automotive industry, it made us consider if and how we could adapt this format for whisky, which ultimately requires to be poured.”
Obviously, the one missing piece of this puzzle is the specific spirit that The Macallan will fill the bottle with, which will be a rare and special single malt whisky. While the vessel pictured is the first prototype that has been produced, the two collaborators expect The Macallan Horizon to be available around the middle of next year.