The inception of the decanter required a large amount of design work, from drawings to mould manufacturing, hot glass trials and protypes. The final design includes a pyramidal shape of the deep blue crystal stopper inspired by Egypt, as well as curves combined with tapered lines and a rectangular base.
On the collaboration, Turrell commented: “I love a single malt whisky. I described the whisky my father enjoyed as inspiration for the team at The Glenturret: my father’s description of civilisation was a fine whisky and a good cigar. There is also the idea to relate the decanter to the work in crystal I have previously completed with Silvio and Lalique – I wanted this piece to have the same sensibility as the perfume bottles. A tribute to Egypt, pyramids and stupas, these architectural forms are cross-cultural. They move something deep within me.”
The whisky inside the decanter has been selected by The Glenturret’s whisky maker Bob Dalgarno. Drawn from eight casks ranging between 1987 and 1998, each is said to represent each decade of Turrell’s life.
The producers have described the liquid as having aromas of dark dried fruit and chocolate orange, with notes of gentle wood spices and rich fruit cake on the palate.
The Glenturret managing director John Laurie added: “It is a proud moment for us to be working with James Turrell – a lot of hard work and emotions have gone into designing and creating this decanter. The Eight Decades decanter encapsulates The Glenturret’s very essence: an understated aesthetic, crafted by many talented hands who are all custodians of the skills required to create such a beautiful decanter and liquid. The design of Eight Decades is a departure from more traditional whisky bottles and a homage to the artist as it commemorates his eightieth birthday – we feel it is a piece of art just as much as it is a whisky decanter holding a delicious liquid.”
Only 80 bottles of Eight Decades are available worldwide, priced at £80,000. Pre-orders are available in May through email@example.com or by contact Lalique Boutiques on Conduit Street and Burlington Arcade, London.