Jonathan Driver, MD of William Grant & Sons’ Private Clients division said: “Curating the Ladyburn Limited Edition series has been a fascinating journey. It is indicative of the mood of the sixties and the spirit of our own family founders, that what was a conceptual, exploration project holds such tremendous legacy today.”
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There are 11 bottles in a Ladyburn 1966 Edition Two set, each featuring a rare Norman Parkinson image / ©Burgess Studios
With many of the 210 bottles only available as part of a set of 11 (the 11th bottle features a special ‘black swan’ label with a monochrome image), the Ladyburn 1966 Edition Two will be just as challenging to source as Parkinson’s imagery. In fact, all bottles will be reserved for William Grant & Sons’ private clients and available by appointment only. Nothing worth having comes easy, however, and this is certainly worth having.
Ladyburn is one of Scotland’s most elusive ghost distilleries. Opened in 1966 with state-of-the-art technology, it closed after just nine years. Today, there are fewer than 200 casks remaining in William Grant & Sons’ possession. While it did not manage to produce much whisky, Ladyburn left an enduring legacy on the industry. Its revolutionary design, which for the first time in whisky history automated the distilling process, changed the way William Grant & Sons, owner of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, operated.
Much of its whisky has gone on to age beautifully, an indication of the company’s commitment to high-quality casks. The Ladyburn 1966 was aged in a sherry butt, giving a deep mahogany color and a rich profile.
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Brian Kinsman, malt master at William Grant & Sons said: “Cask 102089 selected for Ladyburn Edition Two was one of only a handful of Ladyburn 1966 sherry butts that stood out and exemplified the character of the distillery. Its contents are a match to Norman Parkinson’s enduring images that tell such a compelling story of the 1960s. They come together to create an unseen wonder.”
Ladyburn 1966 Edition Two will eventually form part of a triptych of remarkable releases. It follows 2021’s Edition One, which saw a single bottle of whisky labeled with a highly sought-after, hand-signed photograph by David Bailey of John Lennon. The bottle sold for $108,000 at The Distillers One of One Whisky Auction.
A complete set of Ladyburn 1966 Edition Two is priced at £198,000 ($250,650) subject to local taxes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.