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Accessories, Gifts

Oakley and The Macallan launch the ultimate (indestructible) Whisky Flask

By Stefano on March 4th, 2013

Now you might have thought that creating a whisky flask was a largely straightforward job. It is not though when you get high-end luxury whisky brand The Macallan and sports equipment specialist Oakley Inc together and get them to rewrite the flask design book.

The pair have been working together to hatch this – just called The Flask – which they claim is ‘the ultimate auxiliary tool for the aspiring single malt whisky aficionado which creates the definitive solution for the industrious and active gentleman.’And we think might just be a work of design genius.

From the release it sounds like The Macallan tasked Oakley with the job of coming up with the ultimate whisky flask – one that had a unique design, but would also include materials that enhanced the whisky’s subtle flavours and aromas.

It also had to be really really tough to withstand the pressures put on it during testing – see the ever so slightly bizarre video to see exactly what they put it through – not nice.

They did an amazing job too. Take the inner flask which is apparently made ‘laser welded and made of food grade steel is wrapped in carbon fibre composite as well as treated to an intensive passivation and electro-polishing procedure.’ Or the outer casing which sports ‘black anodized 5-axis machined aerospace grade Aluminium.’

There’s also ‘a rubberised bottom for non-skid grip to a small rectangular air vent on the side of the funnel to allow for ventilation.’

Even the The Flask’s cap is apparently ‘double sprung to allow for effortless drinking, so it maintains an appropriate distance from the mouthpiece when in use for optimum enjoyment and allows for smooth open and close action.’

I am not entirely sure what a lot of that means – but it sure sounds impressive…

All that and it can survive being dropped from a helicopter.

The only downside… It’ll cost you £600 to own one.

The Macallan are always doing interesting things – like this collaboration with Peter Blake from last year.


News, photography

Annie Leibovitz and Kevin McKidd team up for The Macallan Masters of Photography

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 25th, 2012

I’m not one to say no to quality whisky and when accompanied with excellent photography, now that is a combination I can’t help but to share. Luxury whisky brand The Macallan has just announced details of its Masters of Photography series for 2012 and it’s a real treat.

In previous years the brand has worked with Rankin and Albert Watson, but this year they have topped the lot by lining up Annie Leibovitz, who has taken thousands of iconic images over the decades.

Annie has shot Scottish actor Kevin McKidd, who is best known for Grey’s Anatomy and Trainspotting (if I remember rightly he was the sporty one who ended up with the terminal crack problem), in a series of locations across New York, and they look rather amazing.

Apparently the images will feature on limited edition vintage whisky bottle out soon – you can find more details on those here.

Interestingly, before he became an actor Kevin McKidd was once an employee at The Macallan, so I guess they must have treated him well.

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