If you ever want to visit a place that contains the treasures and rarities from Glenfiddich and The Balvenie reserves, look no further than William Grant & Sons' Distillers Library. This by-invitational-only client space will bring tears of joy to the connoisseurs and collectors lucky enough to have access.
With a long history starting in 1887, the Distillers Library houses rarities from William Grant & Sons' archives. Like books, each whisky at The Distillers Library contains a tale of heritage and tradition. Rare expressions include a Glenfiddich 1978 Hogshead and an 11-bottle Ladyburn Edition One: a 54-year-old whisky that was distilled in 1966 at the Ladyburn distillery—one of many ghost distilleries or distilleries that are no longer in production.
Partnering with UK photographer, David Bailey, the Ladyburn Edition One features black-and-white images taken from Bailey's London’s East End collection in the 1960s. It's fitting that these images were chosen for the Ladyburn Edition One as the East End in the 1960s underwent changes and is no longer in existence. Like the whisky produced by the Ladyburn distillery, the photos are the few testimonies of a bygone past. The Ladyburn Edition One is hand-signed by Bailey and is limited to 210 bottles worldwide.
(The contents of the Ladyburn Edition One spent 54 years maturing in a Sherry Butt. There are dry fruit sweetness, spicy notes and intense tannins and a darker hue that's rich in colour after absorbing more wood tannins.)
Singapore is the first country to debut The Distillery Library. William Grant & Sons aims to open more The Distillers Libraries in key cities across Asia.