Metacask x Trevor Jones

A Macallan 1991 Cask, The Angel's Share

World's-first scotch cask with digital artwork label, secured on the blockchain​




30 years

Cask Type



The Macallan Distillery

Digital Artwork

Trevor Jones


VCL Vintners

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About the product

Cask 12612

This 30 Year old first fill sherry butt distilled at Macallan, has perfect provenance having been stored at the Macallan Distillery. This is the most valuable and sought after cask that has ever been available for sale and is expected to break the auction record for the most expensive sale. The cask turned 30 years on the 3rd of June, and the last re-gauge puts the current bottle count at about 608 with an ABV of approximately 51.1%.

Digital Ownership

The Digital Deed allows for ownership of the 1991 Macallan Butt to be represented on the blockchain, and is aimed at replacing the traditional Proof of Ownership Certificate. For this Cask, a Delivery Order will be executed to transfer the Cask ownership to the new buyer at either the Macallan Distillery or another warehouse of the buyer’s choosing.

The Angel's Share

For this novel Digital Deed, Metacask has commissioned Trevor Jones, who created The Angel’s Share, an artwork comprised of two items (1-1 special high-resolution uncompressed scan of the oil painting, and a special 1-1 animation which points out the interesting elements of the work).

The purchaser will own the Cask, and in addition will also receive the digital artwork as part of the Digital Deed. Due to the nature of the work, the decision to include the high resolution uncompressed image is to provide the purchaser the full experience of the oil - which cannot be conveyed in the current limited compressed formats supported by NFT infrastructure.

For backward compatibility, there is a low resolution image also linked which displays the label in existing wallet infrastructure for example. The purchaser can experience the full uncompressed image with appropriate display screens - while sipping on a fine single malt!

The Artist

Trevor Jones graduated from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art with an MA (Hons) Fine Art with distinction in 2008. From 2008 – 2014 Jones was the Director of Scottish charity Art in Healthcare and a part-time painting tutor at Leith School of Art.

He’s been a full- time artist since 2015 and has been working at the intersection of art and technology for over a decade. In the last 16 months Jones has had record breaking drops on the top four NFT marketplaces- SuperRare, Known Origin, MakersPlace and Niftygateway. Jones’ work is highly sought after throughout the NFT art collector community.

In the artists' words​

When one speaks of Whisky the immediate thoughts conjured are often of flavour, aroma and the fleeting moment of sensation and experience. However, beyond such ephemeral expectations, the essence of whisky is very much that of longevity, patience, hand crafted skill and diligence, evolving colours and without a doubt, something that is quintessentially Scottish.

Jones’ expressive painting “The Angel's Share” celebrates Scotland and the enduring talents of whisky production through an abstract and painterly depiction of Macallan’s 1991 Cask #12612. This artwork combines a variety of elements that represent the rare cask including the ceiling of Macallan’s distillery, the heads and wings of two angels, the initial volume of the whisky, the cask silhouette and the shape of the copper pot stills.

Reflecting tangible qualities with a sense of environment, the colour palette explores the ambers, bronzes and golds of the whisky, the coppers and umbers of the distillery, the greens and purples of the thistle, and the moody greys of the famed and inclement Scottish weather.

This large canvas draws note to the value of the cask as an investment, and to the world of collectors and connoisseurs. “The Angel’s Share” digital image and the 1991 cask work together in a unique partnership of status and exclusivity. In an industry first, the two will be made available through innovative blockchain technology and an NFT digital work of art.

An essay by Bill Hare, art historian

Western painting has been dominated by the pictorial language of optical resemblance. Painters were expected to render the visual world as accurately and convincingly as possible. According to Alberti for instance, painting was “a window onto the world.” But what of The Angel’s Share? How might painters rise above the mundane to visually express that which is not visible - the poetic, the spiritual, the angelic?

The artist Trevor Jones has been confronted with such a challenge with his subject, Macallan’s highly prestigious 1991 whisky, hidden away in cask #12612, and not open to visual scrutiny or artistic examination. Put in such a position the painter has wisely opted to take a conceptual, rather than a mimetic approach, to convey and celebrate his veiled subject.

Using the highly inventive pictorial language of modern painting - in this case a combination of cubist fragmentation and abstract expression - the painter has subtly drawn together a range of different elements that have played their part in the complex distillation of this particular and highly prized malt whisky.

The painting’s predominant central motif powerfully evokes the presence of the great sherry butt cask, in which the precious liquid will be left to mature for an impressive fifty years. Superimposed on the cask motif is the faint brown outlined shapes of two copper pot stills which play a vital role in the distillation process. To the right, above the pots there can just be made out arched outlines which reference the splendid wooden beams that grace the ceiling of the recently renovated Macallan Distillery at Easter Elchies. The surrounding background of the painting, with its different areas of vigorously applied pigment - in gray and white - is highly evocative of the Scottish landscape and the volatile nature of its climate. With such raw and spontaneous brushwork, the painter successfully seeks to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors, such as William McTaggart and Joan Eardley.

Finally, we are allowed to catch a momentary glimpse of the eponymous Angels. Soaring above all the liquid ferment below, we can just make out the almost transparent, wispy white lines of the Whisky Angels, who according to Scottish myth and ancient folk tradition, draws off from the distillation process, the divine’s share of the water of life.

A new model of Digital Ownership for a storied asset, combining hundreds of years of history with revolutionary technology.

First token minted on Ethereum

Token has metadata about the cask

The artwork represents the Digital Label for the cask

Delivery order can be executed on demand

Storage can be changed by buyer

KYC of future owners by Metacask will be required

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