The Macallan has released a short biopic revealing the real-life story of former Managing Director, Janet Harbinson, who in 1926 crafted the most valuable bottle of wine or spirit ever sold at auction, The Macallan Fine & Rare 1926.
The eight-minute film, ‘The Spirit of 1926,’ will be screened in selected cinemas globally and is available now on The Macallan’s website and YouTube. It celebrates Harbinson’s quiet heroism and her profound legacy and encapsulates the brand’s values in her character. It is set in Speyside, primarily at The Macallan’s 485-acre estate.
Janet Harbinson, known as ‘Nettie’ is a key figure in The Macallan’s history. She assumed control of the distillery in 1918 after her husband, who had been in charge, died suddenly. Through her passion and care for those around her and her dedication to craftsmanship, she kept the business afloat and helped to rebuild the local area.
Without setting out to do so, she also crafted The Macallan Fine & Rare 1926, which achieved legendary status after it fetched £1.5m at Sotheby’s in 2019. Several years on, it continues to be the world’s most valuable bottle of wine or spirit ever sold at auction.