The Edrington Group has today (13 November) unveiled a GBP1.3m (US$1.93m) The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky limited edition bottling.

Produced in association with Scottish photographer Rankin, the whisky is presented in a black leather box, lined with velvet and containing an original Rankin Polaroid.

Each bottle, available at an RRP of GBP899 from luxury retailers in the UK, will have an individually printed label which matches the specific Polaroid contained within the box and a booklet of authenticity signed by Rankin.

Rankin was invited to The Macallan's Speyside estate, where he photographed a series of 1,000 black and white images for the bottles.

Ken Grier, director of malts at The Edrington Group, said the move was "daring".

He said: "Demand for The Macallan's range of premium whiskies has increased by 87% over the last five years, particularly in our overseas markets and we have increased our production at The Macallan distillery to keep pace with this.

"We anticipate that The Masters of Photography bottle will generate interest amongst a wider consumer audience and will prove highly collectable both by whisky and art lovers."

The images depict a range of locations around The Macallan estate, including Easter Elchies House, the distillery, dedicated craftspeople and still life images of the surrounding flora and fauna.

The Macallan Masters of Photography Fine Oak 30 Year Old bottles will be available for purchase globally and will be launched in Russia, Singapore, Korea and the US over the next few months.