Rob Allanson

28 November 2008

Publication: Issue 76

A Drink To Us (When We’re Both Dead) by Glenfiddich Artist in Residence,Dave Dyment, is an extraordinary piece of work that saw a 500l cask of newly distilled spirit entombed under the floor of warehouse number eight at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown,Scotland.The cask will not be uncovered and emptied until 2108.In consultation with the longserving craftsmen of Glenfiddich – malt master,David Steward,head warehouseman,Eric Stephen,and cooper,Gordon Davidson,who have more than 120 years experience between them – it is hoped the unusual method of maturation with its cold,damp conditions will overcome the difficulties in aging single malt Scotch whisky for this length of time.Evaporation of the liquid through the cask normally sees the whisky alcohol strength drop below the legal minimum of 40% ABV somewhere between 45 and 60 years.Dave Dyment, said:“As we have no precise idea just how the spirit will mature and develop in character,and whether it will meet the future Scotch whisky legislation of 2108, the project will have a sense of wonder for the buyer and a sense of expectation for whoever owns it in 100 years’time.”

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