There is whisky and there is whisky. And then there is Littlemill Testament, the oldest Littlemill whisky from Scotland’s oldest distillery, recently launched in stunning custom-made hand-blown crystal decanters from Glencairn Crystal Studio.
With an ABV of 42.5% and a price tag of – wait for it – a reassuringly expensive £8000, the new release celebrates Littlemill’s legacy and comes contained in a suitably luxury decanter, developed by the team at Glencairn Crystal. Skilfully (and unusually) incorporating treasured remnants of the original distillery manager’s house, the decanter giving collectors the opportunity to own a true piece of Scotch Whisky history. These pieces, which date back to 1772, include reclaimed glass, slate, wood and stone sourced from the roof, windows, walls and floors of the building.
With a total of just 250 decanters available, each has been crafted in hand-blown crystal, facet cut at the base by skilled Glencairn craftspeople, mirroring the style of glass cutting during the Georgian period, and a beautiful bespoke handmade collar was designed and produced to fit around the neck of the decanter.
Each decanter is housed in an equally bespoke handcrafted cabinet, with the team at Glencairn working closely in conjunction with the cabinet manufacturer to develop the metal elements required to match the metalware on the decanter.
Finally, for collectors who wish to leave the decanter untouched, each comes with a unique code allowing the owner to claim 5cl of the rare tipple. An additional 5cl can be claimed at a future date, using the same code, protecting the investment by allowing a second owner to claim their 5cl to enjoy.
These limited release decanters are joined by four unique decanters, which are all accompanied by a pair of specially sourced Georgian glasses, dating back to the 18th Century with the facet cut on the stems of each pair and unique engraving around the bowl replicated on each decanter.
The first decanter’s dress stopper is completed with slate sourced from the roof of the distillery manager’s house, the second with glass from the window, the third with wood from the floor, and the final stopper with stone from the building itself. Each special decanter contains a wooden disc cut from a stave from the Littlemill barrel which conceals a unique code which can be used to request two 5cl samples of the Littlemill Testament liquid.
The first of the four unique decanters was auctioned in China in January, reaching a price of – wait for it again – £19,000.