Glenmorangie releases surfboards made from old barrels

12 September, 2018

In the latest edition of its Beyond the Cask series, Glenmorangie has created surfboards using white oak casks which have been used in the production of Glenmorangie Original.

The surfboards have been made by Grain Surfboards of Maine, US using reclaimed staves from Glenmorangie barrels, which can only be used twice in the production of the Scotch whisky.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation & whisky stocks said: “People often ask us what happens to those casks after their whisky-making life is over. Beyond the Cask is our way of working with people who share our creative vision, passion and patience, to take this wood on another step in its journey. 

“Grain Surfboards are true experts in their field and, like us, they believe in taking time to truly understand the character of wood. Working with them is a great way to reinvent the casks that give Glenmorangie Original its depth of flavour, and give them a new lease of life beyond the Distillery.”

Each board combines Maine-grown northern white cedar, with reclaimed western red cedar and wood from 12 oak staves, approximately half a cask of whisky. 

This is the third collaboration in Glenmorangie’s Beyond the Cask series and follows the sunglasses made from ex-whisky casks and the bicycles made from ex-Glenmorangie casks, launched in 2017.

Grain Surfboards founder Mike LaVecchia added: “We’re really proud of these boards. It’s incredible that you can take a piece of wood that’s already worked hard and then give it a new life as something absolutely beautiful.”

The Grain Glenmorangie Original surfboards are available to order from from September 2018, at US$5,500.

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