A Blend of Old & New
I have just taken some time off work and travelled around one or two distilleries in Scotland. I happened to call in at Macallan, near to Craigellachie on Speyside, to try their wares and also to mooch around their visitor centre. From humble beginnings, Macallan has risen to become the leading international single malt by value and enjoys leading positions in some of the world’s most significant Scotch whisky markets including the USA, Taiwan, and Japan.
It is the first distillery on Speyside to be designed by an internationally acclaimed architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, who was selected to lead the project after an international competition and cost £140 million to build. It is quite a temple to the art of whisky and a unique place to visit.
This image is a nod to the great work that Mark Waidson puts out on his Images from the Dark Side stream. The building is full of loads of photographic opportunities and they don't mind at all. There was a Japanese film crew leaving as I arrived, and one tog walking around with his tripod grabbing things of interest.
As a footnote, a bottle of Macallan sold at auction in Edinburgh two weeks ago for £848,000 - that's about £32,000 a dram!