The Glenlivet Partnership — Inspiration

When the time came to launch Vintage 1967, the third addition to The Winchester Collection of limited-edition 50-year-old single malts and The Glenlivet decided to collaborate with a designer for the bottle and packaging for the first time, they got in touch with Bethan Gray. Inspired by her own family connections to the natural landscape that surrounds the distillery, long conversations with master distiller Alan Winchester, and the whisky making process itself, she designed a distinctive bottle and cannister that capture the essence of Vintage 1967.

‘Everything I do is about collaborating with people to tell stories through craft, so it was a privilege to work with Alan Winchester to create this incredibly special limited-edition bottle and cannister. A lot of my ideas come from spending time in nature, so what better inspiration than the Cairngorms?’

Bethan’s grandfather was a research forester in the Cairngorms, home of The Glenlivet, giving her a direct connection to the area. She explored the natural landscape surrounding the distillery with Alan Winchester and created a unique reinterpretation of her distinctive Dhow pattern. The hand-stained birds-eye maple and solid copper inlay reflect the charred barrels and copper stills used by The Glenlivet in the whisky-making process.

‘Alan and I had a lot in common and worked together for two years. It’s rare to be afforded so much time to really understand what inspires and motivates someone and it enabled me to create a design, and develop and hone innovative craft techniques, to really honour and celebrate Vintage 1967.’

‘The River Spey and the layers of mist that gather in the surrounding valleys provided the inspiration for the reinterpretation of my Dhow pattern that surrounds the bottle. The mother-of-pearl inlayed into the canister reflects the local freshwater pearl mussel shells indigenous to the river.’