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The Glenturret unveils first release in Lalique collaboration series

The Glenturret has revealed the first limited-edition single malt release in its new collaborative series with Lalique.

Following the brand's relaunch this autumn, the Scottish distillery has released The Glenturret Provenance. Each of the 320 units is presented in a French crystal  decanter designed by Marc Larminaux, artistic and creative director at Lalique. 

The whisky, crafted by whisky maker Bob Dalgarno, is drawn from three casks filled in 1987 and was bottled on 4 December 2020, as it celebrated its 33rd birthday. It is bottled at cask strength of 43.7% ABV, is natural in colour and non-chill filtered.

Provenance will be the first in The Glenturret by Lalique series, followed by Prowess and Passion - the three pillars which govern the distillery's operations, known as 'The Glenturret Trinity'. 

The collaborative project - instigated by Silvio Denz, chairman and CEO of Lalique, The Glenturret's new owner - is designed to represent the coming together of the two brands, both of which have long-standing heritage and passion for their craft.

On the design of the decanters, Marc Larminaux said: "Highest-quality barley is the starting point for The Glenturret. Fields of barley slowing swaying in the soft breeze and the early morning light are truly a beautiful, mesmerising sight. The barley is represented through a glittering clear and frosted finish on the motif, hand-carved into the crystal by Lalique craftsmen."

John Laurie, managing director at The Glenturret, said: "2020 has been a challenging year for all, but also a very exciting year for us. We recently introduced a fresh visual brand identity as well as six new expressions, hand-crafted by our incredible team at the distillery in Crieff. Adding The Glenturret Provenance is an important milestone for us - this is a whisky to be savoured slowly, which fits in perfectly with our distillation process as we still do everything here by hand."

In creating the new expression, The Glenturret took inspiration from three historical figures: Rene Lalique, hailed as one of the greatest glass masters of the 20th century; Elizabeth Philips, owner of 'Hosh Mill' (later to be renamed The Glenturret) and very likely the first female distiller; and James Farlie, who brought The Glenturret back into production in 1957 after it had lain dormant for more than 30 years. 

John Laurie continued: "The Glenturret Provenance is all about reflecting on time, memories of place and people gone before. The Glenturret reaches back in history to 1763 and Lalique to 1888 - in our busy modern world we seldom take time to stop, to think, to drift, to remember and to discover."

The Glenturret Provenance is available from priced at £9,800.

9 December 2020 - Bethany Whymark