The Story

"Whisky was the choice of drink in my country during the years I was growing up. When I was approached by The Macallan to take part in the Masters of Photography Series I decided to capture the moment when people get together to celebrate, in the atmosphere of a whisky environment - a whisky club!"

Mario Testino

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The Macallan Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition

The Macallan brings to life its foundation stones, The Six Pillars, through the eyes of the world's most prolific portrait and fashion photographer. The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition sees him interpret The Six Pillars through the characterisation of six individual personalities in his distinct, inimitable and luxurious style.

Renowned for his mastery of composition - the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture - and for creating a reflective and intense connection with his sitters, be it celebrities or royalty, Mario Testino has now turned his lens to The Macallan. By bringing together a group of distinct characters, Mario captured the spirit of the ultimate party. Each character was cast on the basis of their visual qualities, each echoing one of The Macallan's Six Pillars. Shot in Beijing, in a former palace near the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, the photographs showcase the vibrancy and luxury of The Macallan world, infused with subtle eclecticism and cultural allusions.

Mario Testino


Born in Lima, Peru, Mario Testino moved to London in 1976 where he made his home and began his career. His vision has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries. His work has been featured in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and he has contributed to the success of many leading fashion and beauty houses through advertising campaigns, from Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, to Chanel and Lancôme.

As a portrait photographer Mario Testino works with the actors and celebrities of the moment, as well as receiving royal commissions from HRH The Prince of Wales, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Prince Harry, Diana Princess of Wales, and Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan.

The recipient of many awards, Testino has received the Medalha Tiradentes from the state of Rio de Janeiro, in 2010 the Grand Cross Order of Merit, his country's highest honor and in 2013, the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to photography and charity.

In 2012 Testino established MATE, Asociación Mario Testino in Lima, Peru. MATE is a not-for-profit cultural organisation that promotes and celebrates the arts of Peru and permanently hosts his own work.

Mario Testino has published twelve books, including MaRio de Janeiro Testino, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Private View and In Your Face.

The Whisky

Mario Testino Edition

Inspired by the chosen setting and approach taken by Testino in casting the characters and capturing them within this dynamic party scene, the Master Whisky Maker selected six casks from over 200,000 casks maturing at The Macallan, each the ultimate representation of one of the Six Pillars. Each one with its own definitive character, flavour and aroma which when brought together; create an outstanding single malt with unparalleled depth, darkness and diversity.

The six casks, a combination of Spanish and American 100% sherry seasoned oak butt and puncheon casks, result in a truly multi-dimensional flavour experience that once drunk is gone forever.

Rooted in its Spiritual Home, this single malt is true to itself. Traditional, classy and complex, this whisky at 58.1% ABV embodies The Macallan, like the iconic Easter Elchies House, with sherry driving a distinct character. A strikingly handsome young man visually represents this Pillar with his sophistication and charisma.

Vibrant and copper in colour, this single malt at 56.8% ABV reflects the Curiously Small Stills, a defining feature of The Macallan's unique character. This eye-catching whisky promises a long, lingering finish. A small Chinese Crested Dog, cradled by a classically, alluring woman conveying a timeless elegance, represents this whisky, which is mysterious and intense.

Refined, yet complex this stylish and individual single malt at 58.2% ABV is inspired by the Finest Cut. Citrus is at the fore, giving a welcome sharpness. Spirit dominates here but within the classical structure determined by the cask. The character selection was simple; a sharply-dressed, striking man reflecting a perfectly tailored look, like the cut of a great suit; adding variety to the scene.

The richness of this single malt at 57.4% ABV celebrates the Exceptional Oak Casks. The character is classic Macallan; spice, dried fruit and sweetness. It is a suave and considered whisky showing maturity at its heart. The character echoes this Pillar; he is distinguished, mature, full of character and experienced.

Vibrancy and flair are at the heart of this single malt at 56.8% ABV, embodying Natural Colour. Yet this is a breathtakingly gorgeous whisky with real poise, beauty and subtlety. A sublime whisky with supermodel charm plays out through the sweet vanilla cream and silk-like texture. This feminine charm led to the casting of our leading lady who stands out in the crowd, but is not dominant. Her beauty, smile and energy make her the perfect party companion.

Bottled at 59.2% ABV, this genuinely effortless whisky em­bodies the Peerless Spirit. A single malt capturing the very heart of The Macallan; its character, heritage and story. It does not need a detailed narrative; it delivers the perfect balance of spirit and cask. A strong and confident military man is how Testino has interpreted this, the final, of the Six Pillars. He stands for something authentic; he is passionate and committed.

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