Glenmorangie Is Making Surfboards From Used Whisky Casks
It's not the only cool thing you can do with repurposed staves
When you think single malts, you think getting totally pitted, right?
Riding perhaps a novelty wave (we’ll stop now), whisky aficionados Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky just launched a surfboard collaboration with Grain Surfboards of Maine, with wooden boards crafted from the Scottish brand’s used single-malt whisky barrels.
The connection here? Glenmorangie and Grain cite their shared ideal of “true craftsmanship,” a love of wood in both barrels and boards, and the environmental similarities between New England and the Scottish Highlands, at least when it comes to cold-water surfing.
The whisky-cask boards, hand-finished and “bookmatched” to showcase continuous patterns, are available now for $5,500 each.
This is actually the third release in Glenmorangie’s “Beyond the Cask” series — the previous two were a cask-centric bicycle collab with Renovo and wooden sunglasses with Finlay & Co. And they’re not the only spirits company repurposing staves for interesting new purposes: recently, we’ve witnessed cask-made turntables via Highland Park, wooden bar carts from The Glenlivet, hiking boots with Talisker, and one company devoted entirely to whisky-barrel gifts and furniture.
Photos: Grain Surfboards