A peaen to copper, crucial component of distillation
London, 2023: Bompas & Parr curated a copper-alloy casting workshop for 12 guests to celebrate the launch of The Glenrothes 42-year-old, connecting guests to the craftsmanship and heritage of the whisky.
Small groups of just 12 guests were treated to a unique experience – a metaphor for this exceptional whisky's provenance, distillation and maturation process.
The experiential event included whisky cocktails heated by fire-warmed loggerheads, canapés inspired by the Speyside landscape, and casting the Glenrothes terrain in copper as a unique memento of the evening.
On entry, guests interacted with visual displays that represented the journey of copper – the element around which this experience was curated – and its connection to the whisky-making process. From copper ore, to alloy ingot and, finally, the copper still, the workshop immersed guests in the material's crucial evolution.
For the main experience, led by expert Johnathan Cope, guests were provided with the essential materials and tools: a casting flask, a trough of sand, a shovel, a wooden hand-rammer and a sieve. Using a number of different moulds, they were shown how to place them in the casting flask, fill it with sand and create pouring holes, before molten copper was poured in.
In this way, each guest created a custom copper-alloy cast of a topographic landscape inspired by The Glenrothes Estate. By choosing elements that reflected their own personality, they were able to draw a parallel between the uniqueness of the terrain with the character and personality of The Glenrothes 42-year-old.