In partnership with Mortlach
A spirit of audacity pervades the complicated curves of designer Felicia Ferrone’s new ‘Cowie’ glassware vary for Mortlach, the Scotch whisky maker primarily based in Dufftown, Moray. Impressed by the ‘audacious’ nature of Mortlach’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Ferrone, founding father of the US- and Italy-based model Fferrone, introduced a way of boldness and shock into her design. ‘Cowie’ glassware pushes the envelope of expectation to the identical ranges of fearlessness because the Mortlach whisky that it holds.
Named after George and Alexander Cowie, the Nineteenth-century father and son house owners of Dufftown’s first distillery and originators of the distinctive course of that produces Mortlach whisky’s sturdy spirit, the glassware lives as much as the household’s indefatigability and verve.
‘Glassware, upon first thought, is kind of easy,’ says Ferrone. ‘I wanted “Cowie” to be something however. I strived for the daring, brave and outside-the-box. With this in thoughts, I designed these glasses to be in contrast to anything, to have a single, devoted use: for tasting Mortlach. I wished them to match the intricacy of Mortlach and replicate the excessive stage of workmanship that goes into the spirit’s distillation course of. I constantly challenged myself as I iterated by numerous designs of the glassware to push the ultimate product to really embody what it means to be audacious.’
The glassware needed to be distinctive, however practical, defending the Mortlach Single Malt from altering temperature on account of hand-transferred physique warmth. ‘I selected an adventurous route, making a void straight by the center,’ explains Ferrone. The problem was figuring out how the liquid would keep contained in the glass when tipped and never pour by the centre void. The design additionally needed to facilitate simple sipping with out the central stem interfering with the tasting course of.
The ‘Cowie’ glass holds a typical 1.5 ounce neat pour, its wider kind permitting a fuller olfactory appreciation of the Mortlach Single Malt even earlier than you style it, and permitting notes of citrus, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and spice to swirl forth. The feel of the central, open stem’s inside is scalloped to spotlight Mortlach’s distinctive tonal play, ‘making a glowing impact when the spirit is within the glass’, says Ferrone.
The designer insisted that every glass be intricately handmade, with out a mould, by grasp craftspeople within the Czech Republic, utilizing a specialist course of not in contrast to the distilling at Mortlach’s Dufftown HQ; every step is rigorously executed and regarded to create the best high quality ultimate product.
Making the intersection between the glass’s two volumes – the ring form the place the whisky is poured and the central, internal void within the physique of the glass – completely align and are available collectively whereas each shapes are in a molten state, is a technical problem requiring extraordinary precision and artistry.
Honouring the attention of the designer, the ability of the glassware consultants and the audacious spirit of the Mortlach founders, the ‘Cowie’ glass was created to shock and delight. It makes for an intense and intimate style expertise, for Mortlach whisky solely.