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Glenmorangie Whisky Cask Bicycle


12th September 2017
Glenmorangie launch £5,400 limited edition bicycle made from whisky casks.

Glenmorangie Whisky Cask Bicycle created in collaboration with Renovo.

Introducing one of the more unusual and rare limited releases from Glenmorangie that you are ever likely to come across, the Glenmorangie Whisky Cask Bicycle 2017.

To create the limited edition Whisky Cask Bicycle Glenmorangie has teamed up with Renovo, an innovative US based specialist hard wood bicycle maker who pioneered the concept of building engineered hollow hardwood bicycle frames.

Glenmorangie’s collaboration with Renovo is the second partnership in the Distillery’s Beyond the Cask series, which celebrates the casks in which Glenmorangie Original is matured, by repurposing their staves in innovative ways. You may recall last year, Glenmorangie created a limited edition of the world’s first Scotch whisky sunglasses, with renowned British eyewear designer Finlay & Co.

The hollow frame of each Glenmorangie Original Whisky Cask bicycle is created from about 15 staves, taken from the casks in which Glenmorangie Original was matured. Each is uniquely designed to embrace the trapezoidal shape of each stave, as well as the curve of the barrel in the frame’s down tube – the largest tube on the frame.

Glenmorangie Whisky Cask Bicycle

When shipped to Portland, the staves were first kiln dried to ensure their suitability for Renovo’s purposes. Then the staves’ charred surfaces were smoothed away, before they were handcrafted into frames by Renovo’s select craftsmen – each taking more than 20 hours to create. The frames, which vary in size to accommodate different riders (from 52-61cm), incorporate the American oak of Glenmorangie’s staves, alongside a small proportion of darker sapele wood, which brings an intriguing colour contrast to the wood of the staves. Given a durable coating, decorated with Glenmorangie’s Signet icon and individually numbered, these bicycles, which weigh around 18lb, (8.1kg) and have a RRP of £5,400.
 

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