Simon Wittenberg takes a closer look at The Glenlivet Nàdurra drinks trolley
The Glenlivet, the original single malt whisky founded in 1824, has unveiled revealed its latest collaboration with British collective, The New Craftsmen, to mark the launch of its new expression, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish. Inspired by 19th Century processes and materials intrinsic to the Nàdurra range, modern designer-craftsman Sebastian Cox has used his signature inventive approach to working with wood in order to create The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley.
Incorporating exceptional materials such as oak staves from retired casks, and leather oak-tanned by hand, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley was inspired by the traditional Malt Barrow originally used in the distillery to turn and transport malt to imaginatively capture the spirit of Nàdurra (meaning “natural” in Gaelic). Cox has created a truly spectacular item that will serve as a beautiful, yet functional piece of design that brings the multi-sensory Nàdurra range to life.
The original creation will be on display for a limited period at The New Craftsmen store in London’s Mayfair, after which time it will be relocated to its residence at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited number of Trolleys will be available to purchase ‘made to order’ from The New Craftsmen at a cost of £4,200 each, exclusively for those who have registered as Guardians of The Glenlivet.
Standout features of The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley’s include Cox’s distinctive wood ‘weave’ used for the cupboard panels, and the Trolley’s large ‘barrow’ wheels made from oak staves from retired casks, an exquisite hand blown glass vessel to hold ice and water by glass artist Michael Ruh featuring a copper spinner and floating wood shavings, and three bespoke rests to showcase the three expressions in the Nàdurra range with each one’s unique cask finish brought to life.
These are namely The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish which rests upon 3,000 year-old Peated Oak, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso that is ‘cupped’ in warm-hued Cherry wood while The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection rests upon golden Medullary flecked American White Oak.
Created as a complementary yet integrated component of the Trolley, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Tray was conceived by Cox as an item that can be purchased as a standalone piece. The Dram Tray is designed to accommodate two glasses and a bottle for enjoying The Glenlivet Nàdurra at home. Inspired by new The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish, the Dram Tray features Peated Oak.
Despite being a standalone piece, The Dram Tray is also an integral part of the Trolley. It fits inside the main body of the Trolley and really brings the theatre of the drinking ritual to life. The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Tray will be available to purchase from The New Craftsmen priced at £120, and is available exclusively for those who have registered as Guardians of The Glenlivet.
Available from this month, The Glenlivet is expanding the Nàdurra range with the addition of The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish to complement its existing permanent expressions, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso and The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection.
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