Within the newest of its Past the Cask artistic collaborations, Glenmorangie takes to the waves in partnership with Grain Surfboards of Maine, New England USA – visionary creators of hand-built picket surfboards.
The signature white oak casks for Glenmorangie Authentic are solely ever used twice of their whisky-making lifetime, guaranteeing this single malt’s famously advanced and multifaceted flavour. Now, to rejoice the wooden that makes the whisky, the devoted craftspeople at Grain Surfboards have constructed a sequence of unique limited-edition Glenmorangie Authentic picket surfboards utilizing reclaimed staves from Glenmorangie barrels.
As Dr Invoice Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Shares, explains, such particular wooden deserves one other chapter in its story:
“Distillation in Scotland’s tallest stills, and ten years of maturation in our ex-Bourbon casks, used solely twice, offers Glenmorangie Authentic an extremely clean and spherical character.
However individuals usually ask us what occurs to these casks after their whisky-making life is over. Past the Cask is our approach of working with individuals who share our artistic imaginative and prescient, ardour and persistence, to take this wooden on one other step in its journey.
Grain Surfboards are true consultants of their discipline and, like us, they consider in taking time to actually perceive the character of the wooden. Working with them is an effective way to reinvent the casks that give Glenmorangie Authentic its depth of flavour, and provides them a brand new lease of life past the Distillery. ”
The partnership brings collectively for the primary time two manufacturers who dwell the beliefs of true craftsmanship: the enduring distillers whose ‘Males of Tain’ have been perfecting the artwork of whisky-making for 175 years, and the browsing artisans impressed by conventional boat-building methods whose love of wooden is embodied in surfboards like no different. The connection runs deep, for each New England and the Scottish Highlands provide a number of the most prized cold-water browsing on the earth.
Like Glenmorangie Authentic, Grain’s surfboards are a product of time, persistence and a real affinity for the qualities of wooden. Hand-finished and meticulously “bookmatched” to showcase steady patterns, Grain Glenmorangie Authentic surfboards signify a step away from mass-produced boards and a return to handmade values. Every board unites Grain’s signature materials, Maine-grown northern white cedar, with reclaimed western pink cedar and wooden from 12 oak staves – so surfers shall be driving the waves on roughly half a cask.
As Grain Surfboards founder Mike LaVecchia explains, the 2 corporations got here collectively over shared beliefs:
“We’re each sturdy manufacturers with true craftsmanship at our core, so we have been thrilled to work with Glenmorangie on this challenge. We’re actually happy with these boards. It’s unimaginable that you may take a chunk of wooden that’s already labored exhausting after which give it a brand new life as one thing completely lovely.”
Collectively, Glenmorangie and Grain Surfboards current a surfboard that’s not only a piece of sporting gear, however an object with a wealthy historical past that brings collectively many alternative components in concord.
That is the third collaboration in Glenmorangie’s Past the Cask sequence and follows the world’s first sun shades created from ex-whisky casks, produced by British model Finlay & Co in 2016, and the world’s first bicycles created from ex-Glenmorangie casks, launched in 2017 with Renovo Hardwood Bicycles of Portland, Oregon.
You may as well view a movie concerning the collaboration, directed by Sébastien Zanella under;
The limited-edition Grain Glenmorangie Authentic surfboards can be found to order from www.grainsurfboards.com from September 2018, at $5,500 (roughly £5,000 pending alternate price).