Bentley and The Macallan distillery today revealed the design of their first collaborative product, a horizontal bottle that will house a limited single malt whiskey that is still in the process of being created.
“Our prototype for The Macallan Horizon is truly pioneering in both its design and use of materials,” said Chris Cooke, Bentley’s product and lifestyle design manager. “It’s a fusion of the sharply defined yet curvaceous Bentley design DNA, The Macallan’s innovation and recycled materials from both iconic British brands.”
The bottle will hold The Macallan Horizon, a limited edition single malt whiskey. It will, therefore, not have any bottom, and comes instead with a stand on which it sits, as is only appropriate, horizontally.
“In the whisky world, everything is upright, such as our stills and our bottles,” said Jaume Ferras, The Macallan’s global creative director. “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 whiskey, which ultimately requires to be poured.”
The bottle itself is made of glass that received a 180-degree twist. It is then surrounded by an intricately twisted 3D structure made out of several recycled and sustainable material. That includes recycled copper from disused stills located within The Macallan’s former distillery, aluminum recovered from the production of Bentley vehicles, recycled wood from both brands, and the same low-CO2 leather from Scotland that can be found in the Bentley Batur.
“I am incredibly proud of the revolutionary design we have created for The Macallan Horizon,” said Ferras. “It simply would not be possible without the incomparable craftsmanship and creativity for which The Macallan and Bentley Motors are renowned, and is the embodiment of the uncompromised excellence pursued by The Macallan since 1824.”
The bottles, though, are still not ready to be filled, and The Macallan Horizon will launch in the summer of 2023.