Ladyburn edition one / DAVID BAILEY
Ladyburn Edition One is the first in a series of collections that features an artist collaboration.
The liquid selected for Ladyburn Edition One spent 54 years maturing in a Sherry Butt (before Spanish law was changed) which is known to offer dry fruit sweetness, spicy notes and intense tannins, resulting in a liquid darker and richer in colour, taking on more of the wood tannins. It was distilled under Hamish Robertson (William Grant & Sons' fourth Master Distiller), before David Stewart was appointed as his successor in 1974. Brian Kinsman, once David’s apprentice, took over the role in 2009 and remains William Grant & Sons Master Blender and Malt Master to this day. He selected the Ladyburn cask to be bottled as Ladyburn 1966 Edition One having nurtured the liquid and overseen its slow maturation.
Ladyburn Edition One is strictly limited to 210 bottles. It is a celebration of a decade of cultural and social change, in partnership with renowned British photographer, David Bailey. The Limited Edition brings a rarely seen side of Bailey’s work depicting selected images from Bailey’s ‘London’s East End’, taken in the 1960s, which feature a London cityscape that has undergone extensive change and no longer exists as we know it today.
All 210 bottles are hand-signed by David Bailey. 200 bottles feature black and white photograph labels (hand-numbered 01 to 20 on 10 different images) and 10 bottles feature an exclusive colour photograph (hand-numbered 01 to 10). Of these, 110 bottles are packaged into 10 collections, consisting of 11 bottles each. These collections are housed in a special display case featuring the full range of black and white images and the unique full colour photograph.
54 Years Old
43.4% ABV, Natural Colour
Rich dark chocolate and infused French roast coffee. Layers of antique leather, polished cedar wood and ground ginger. Subtle hints of sweet jammy fruits linger in the background.
Very intense wood and oak tannin, dried tobacco leaf and dark spices. The flavours evolve and develop over time with whispers of citrus, dried apricots and juicy sultanas.
Long lasting oak
LADYBURN EDITION TWO / NORMAN PARKINSON
Ladyburn Edition Two is an ultra rare 55-year-old whisky from a transformative age, paired with rarely seen images from the archive of British fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson, regarded as the father of fashion photography. Capturing the mood of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, this second edition in the Ladyburn collection, brings to life a ‘lost-gem’ distillery through the work of an era-defining creative icon, whilst celebrating Ladyburn’s revolutionary role in Single Malt Whisky during this decade of cultural, social and technological change.
Similar to the previous release, Ladyburn Edition Two / Norman Parkinson collection is strictly limited to 210 hand numbered bottles. Each bottle carries one of ten individual Norman Parkinson photographic works in colour, unseen for decades and the first time in print since first publication. The first ten collections are accompanied by an 11th ‘black swan’ bottle, featuring a monochrome image, which is not available singularly. These complete sets comprise of 11 decanters and come accompanied by a specially commissioned display case.
Each photograph within the collection was taken between 1960 to 1969, and nods to Parkinson’s ground-breaking approach, pioneering the practice of taking his shoots beyond the studio, on-location, showcasing the personality and verve of his subjects. The Norman Parkinson Archive is managed by Iconic Images, ltd. A number of the images selected for the Ladyburn Edition Two were recently re-discovered by renowned photo historian and consultant to Iconic Images, Terence Pepper, OBE.
Suzy Menkes, the global fashion authority, critic, and a former editor at Vogue and the International Herald Tribune, curated this highly evocative collection of Parkinson images from the Archive.
In her direction, the imagery marks the influence fashion held in the 1960s in driving the sentiment of the period -a hyper-creative mood of individuality, exploration, and empowerment. Inevitably, the series captures the vibrant femininity that sets a template for our modern age.
55 Years Old
12 May 1966
46.5% ABV, Natural Colour
210 numbered bottles
A rich and indulgent aroma with notes of linseed, liquorice and antique leather. Some soft vanilla toffee notes compliment the sherry oakiness.
Rich and mouth coating with a silky texture. Layers of flavour are revealed over time; stewed fruits, green leafiness, tobacco leaf and aged leather.
Slightly dry, velvety smooth and mellow
John Lennon Edition
THE DISTILLERS ONE OF ONE AUCTION JOHN LENNON SINGLE BOTTLING
Following the success of the Ladyburn / David Bailey Limited Edition in early 2021, this unique, one-off bottling of a 54-year-old whisky, features a highly sought-after hand-signed photograph of the icon John Lennon by David Bailey.
Created specially for The Distillers One of One auction in December 2021, it ultimately sold for over £80,000, breaking the record for a single bottle of Ladyburn sold at auction or in a private sale.
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