Bentley Motors and The Macallan are collaborating on a limited-edition single malt whisky, with the British marque and Scottish whisky maker revealing the “ground-breaking” design of the horizontal vessel that will house the “exceptional” single malt whisky, The Macallan Horizon. 

The Macallan

The “unique” prototype vessel reflects the core of the partnership between the two luxury brands — sustainability and innovation. Following extensive joint development between Bentley and The Macallan, the prototype “encapsulates” a shared ambition of building a sustainable future from the rich heritage of both brands.

“Our prototype for The Macallan Horizon is truly pioneering”

In homage to The Macallan’s “acclaimed” Six Pillars, the foundation stones of the brand that account for its distinctive single malt whiskies, The Macallan Horizon incorporates six “unique” upcycled, repurposed or ethically sourced materials. The vessel is “unlike any bottle of whisky in history”. The design “defies” a whisky bottle’s “traditional” vertical aesthetic. The firms say it reflects the horizontal trajectory of a car while “pushing the boundaries and the art of the possible”. 

The Macallan

A hand-made glass bottle with an “extraordinary” 180-degree twist is at the centre of the design. The bottle sits horizontally in a “purpose-built” cradle. There’s no standing base. The vessel is then surrounded by an “intricately” twisted three-dimensional structure crafted from several sustainable materials. For example, the arms are fashioned from recycled copper (from The Macallan’s former distillery) and aluminium recovered from the production of the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga. The recycled wood comes from both companies. 

“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,” said Jaume Ferras, global creative director for The Macallan. “I am incredibly proud of the revolutionary design we have created for The Macallan Horizon and the unique, sustainable materials we are incorporating as part of our commitment to a better world.”

Chris Cooke, Bentley’s product and lifestyle design manager, says, “Our prototype for The Macallan Horizon is truly pioneering in both its design and use of materials. 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 form of the design has allowed us to treat light as a material in itself, and the interplay between light and repurposed wood, aluminium and copper is extraordinary.”