Glenmorangie has collaborated with celebrated artist Idris Khan to create an piece of artwork titled, “Disappearing Casks,” in honor of Glenmorangie’s unveiling of their rarest, and we must say, quite masterful, whisky to date, the Pride 1978.
Glenmorangie, which produces famed single malt whisky from their distillery near Tain in Ross-shire, Scotland, introduced Pride 1978 at the prestigious Academy Mansion this month on the Upper East Side of New York City.
At the event, Kahn and Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, took guests through an exclusive journey into the Unnecessarily Well Made world of Glenmorangie during which both Idris’ artwork and Pride 1978 were revealed.
Sharing the brand’s trailblazing spirit and devotion to craftsmanship, Khan created the unique piece of artwork, which was inspired by the distinctive whisky barrels which contained the Pride 1978 at Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain. These casks, five to be exact, had been locked in Glenmorangie’s archives since 1978. The precious 34 year-old whisky was bottled in 2012, following 15 years of extra-maturation in casks which had previously contained a legendary French Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé wine, making it the longest extra-maturation of any Glenmorangie single malt to date.
Khan has made seven pieces in the Disappearing Casks series, each will retail for $90,000; Glenmorangie has made 700 bottles of Pride 1978, which will retail for $5,800.
“The opportunity to work with Idris Khan on Pride 1978 was an exciting one. Like Idris, we are always looking to push boundaries and innovate, and Pride 1978 is the pinnacle of those efforts,” Lumsden commented.
Glenmorangie Pride 1978 is available at top end wine and spirits retailers across the U.S. and on www.reservebar.com.