The Creation Of Pride

In 1999 Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s head of whisky creation, acquired the keys to a limited quantity of Sauternes barriques from the fabled vineyards of Chateau d’Yquem. This gave him an idea; what would happen if the exquisite 18-year-old vintage he had been patiently maturing were to be transferred into these famous barriques? The result of these 10 years of extra maturation is just 1,000 bottles of the oldest and very finest Glenmorangie vintage whisky.

To complement the collaboration between Glenmorangie and Chateau d’Yquem, a partnership between the traditions of whisky creation and viniculture, two renowned designers have been commissioned to encapsulate this story in an object of rare beauty. They are Laurence Brabant and Wouter Scheublin, and they have come together to create a wooden coffret that glides open to reveal a sensual crystal vessel that has a Recommended Retail Selling Price of €2,750.

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To celebrate the creation of the oldest and rarest Glenmorangie whisky currently available, two design talents have been commissioned to create bespoke packaging that is, in itself, as exceptional as the 28 year old single malt found inside.

  

Oldest Glenmorangie currently available - 28 years old

  

Longest-ever extra maturation of any Glenmorangie

  

Vintage 18 year old extra matured for 10 years in Chateau d’Yquem barriques

The Whisky Designer

Holding a PhD in Biochemistry Dr William (Bill) Lumsden is regarded as a pioneer of innovation, touring the world to experiment with ground-breaking wood management techniques that will best complement Glenmorangie’s whiskies. He is the only person to have been honoured three times with The Malt Advocate ‘Industry Leader of the Year’ Award.

The Decanter Designer

Over the past decade Laurence Brabant has established herself as one of the design world’s most talented glassware specialists. In 2000, Brabant launched her first collection, which was bought in its entirety by the National Fund for Contemporary Arts in Paris. For Glenmorangie Pride 1981, Laurence’s luxurious Baccarat Crystal decanter was inspired by the very casks in which the whisky matured and is designed to showcase the rich, opulent gold liquid to maximum effect.

The Coffret Designer

After studying industrial design at both the Technical University of Delft and the Design Academy Eindhoven, Wouter Scheublin immediately started his own studio. This freedom allowed him to explore his fascination for construction and mechanics resulting in, for example, a ‘walking furniture’ series. To create the strikingly handsome gift case for Glenmorangie Pride 1981, Wouter took inspiration from traditional whisky and wine packaging. The incredible result is a gift case which reflects the delicate balance between the science and artistry of whisky maturation.

SAVOURING THE SUBLIME

Forest Fruits Honey

Aroma

Captivating and heady with the combination of poached pears, baked pineapple sponge, demerara sugar, nutmeg and aniseed.

Taste

The layers of delicious desserts are joined by honeydew melon and lemon vanilla madeleines with oak tannins bringing hints of French toast.

Finish

Long, succulent and sweet with sultanas, toasted almonds and the lingering memory of lemon and coconut desserts.

Colour

Intense, deepest gold.

WHEN TASTING GLENMORANGIE PRIDE 1981, A PIPETTE SHOULD BE USED TO ADD 7 DROPS OF WATER (THE NUMBER DR BILL LUMSDEN RECOMMENDS) AND RELEASE A MYRIAD OF EXOTIC FRUITS AND SPICES.