Glenmorangie Is Making Surfboards From Used Whisky Casks

It's not the only cool thing you can do with repurposed staves

September 14, 2018 9:00 am

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

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