Working with world-renowned architect and designer Sir David Adjaye OBE to celebrate the release of the oldest single malt Scotch ever bottled – Generations 80YO. The decanter’s unique form represents Gordon & MacPhail’s history of repeatedly pushing the boundaries in whisky maturation. The jewel-like decanter contains lenses to provide focus on the richly coloured liquid. Designed to appear as hewn from a single solid block of crystal, the decanter’s curving core needed to be individually hand-blown. The decanters are 30% lead crystal and feature a wooden shoulder plate made of solid oak with a matt black painted finish, that has been engraved and individually numbered. Each one also features a metal collar, engraved metal transit top and metal decorative stopper made of black lacquer plated brass. This pioneering contemporary decanter design was particularly challenging for the team because the internal profile of each decanter had to curve towards the base which is almost impossible to achieve on a decanter with a square external profile. The technique used had to be adjusted and trialled numerous times to achieve the exact desired finish.
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