Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Whisky, has unveiled the Grande Couronne, the newest addition to the Grand Series.
Grande Couronne is a 26-Year-Old whisky matured in American and European oak casks at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, before the crowning glory – an extended finish of up to two years in meticulously sourced French Cognac casks – providing a true taste of elegance.
In honor of this new release, Glenfiddich collaborated with contemporary Kenyan artist WiseTwo to launch the Grande Couronne. The artist reimagines the Grand Couronne’s luxury filigree design with a limited-edition custom sleeve. Reflecting the unexpected marriage of two luxury worlds – a blend of Scottish heritage and French opulence– Kenyan-born WiseTwo (Bhupi Jethwa) pays tribute to the fusion of ancient art form and modern technique. Here he celebrates humanity and the spirit of connection, posing the eternal question around humankind’s existence.
WiseTwo’s collaboration forms part of the brand’s Grande Composition, a project that brings life to the Grande Couronne through cross-cultural interpretation. Kenya is one of three African countries to take part in this collaboration alongside 20 artists from around the world including the UK, UAE, Nigeria, South Africa, and Germany.
Remarking on his artistic interpretation, WiseTwo (Bhupi Jethwa) noted that his work is a collision of cultures and influence similar to Glenfiddich Grand Couronne which is borne from the merging of two worlds, “The Glenfiddich Grand Couronne is borne from the merging of two worlds. Similarly, my work is a collision of cultures and influences. Through this creative process I discovered synergy between the craftsmanship of fine whisky and art. It is my hope that through this piece, people will feel a connection to the art. That it will ignite an artistic element within each other.”
The bottle and packaging of the Grande Couronne are adorned with ornamental gold filigree, whilst exquisite artwork reminiscent of great renaissance paintings are revealed inside the box. WiseTwo’s piece features ancient hieroglyphs and gold foiling as an interpretation of the regal filigree that adorns the Grande Couronne bottle.
“As you sip the Grande Couronne, I encourage you to visualize this piece and appreciate the craftsmanship behind the whisky and my art. It is a symphony of many cultures, ideas, and artists coming together”, Added WiseTwo.
As for the collaboration with WiseTwo and Glenfiddich, Mulunda Kombo, Glenfiddich National Brand Ambassador Kenya comments, “From the outset, we knew that this required something special because it is not every day that such an exceptional whisky gets made. We found that special quality in WiseTwo. His commitment to his craft, his quest to create pieces that ignite the human spirit and above all his diversity have made for a collaboration that elevates the Grande Couronne experience even further”.