A premier whisky brand wanted to go that extra mile when it launched a special 62-year-old distillation and bottled it in a fabulous flask made by the firm founded by the world’s most famous glass-maker, René Lalique.
To do justice to this outstanding combination, The Macallan wanted a presentation case that was as much a perfect work of art as the stunning bottle and the limited-edition single-malt whisky it contained.
So it turned to Zone Creations, who, after discussion with The Macallan, decided that the best material for the job was Corian, an acrylic polymer blended with alumina trihydrate, and more commonly associated with high-class kitchen worktops. And Zone Creations are licensed fabricators of Corian, a trademarked product of the DuPont chemical company.
Zone, who like to push the boundaries of products into new areas, chose the gloss-black Corian for its cold, stone-like properties and overall luxurious appearance. The material can be joined with invisible joints, giving the impression of a solid carved top and base section.
The meticulous CNC-machined components were carefully cleaned and prepared for bonding in specialist jigs produced for the project. Once all bonding was complete, the units were sanded and polished to a high-gloss lustre.
To the top surface, Zone laser-etched a graphic and ink-filled the central The Macallan logo in a specialist gold paint.
Internally, the packaging consisted of a Japanese linen fabric fitment constructed from a base of MDF and then carefully upholstered. A small leather tab clasp was also fitted to hold the bottle in transit. A specially designed and illustrated book is housed in a shallow drawer in the base of the fitment.
The Macallan’s finished product has been sold worldwide and in a very limited edition, costing an average of £20,000 each.