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Unveiling the Court of Redonda: A Revelation in Whisky

Unveiling the Court of Redonda: A Revelation in Whisky

04.12.2023

Unveiling the Court of Redonda: A Revelation in Whisky
 
Step into a World of Flavour and Elegance with Robert Graham 1874's New Whisky Collection
 
This December - Robert Graham 1874, the home of whisky sophistication, is thrilled to announce its latest creation: the Court of Redonda whisky collection. A collaboration with the artist Stephen Chambers and his artwork. Initially six distinctive expressions that redefine whisky excellence are about to conquer palates and hearts alike.
 
The Whisky Collection
Introducing the Court of Redonda collection, each expression individual and collectively a striking collection to feature on any whisky lover’s shelf.  Robert Graham are the custodians of the casks and therefore can't take credit for making the wonderful liquid we bottle, our craft, is in the choosing of great casks from great whisky makers and then determining the best time and age in which to release a specific cask or whisky. This will be exclusively available from Robert Graham 1874 stores in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge and their website.
 
How this came collaboration came about
 
The Court of Redonda was always intended to be a reverential celebration of ‘Everyman’. An elevated toast of those that fanfare frequently passes by. That is you, me, the doctor, the pharmacist, the florist, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker….
 
Whisky, as those of us that explore this realm know, is that most nuanced, multi-faceted, complicated and sophisticatedly poetic of all the distilled juices. In this sense it is as diverse, complex and tender as ….… all of us. 
 
This is a collaboration, a while in the making: Grown up art meets grown up whisky. Take time; enjoy.                   – Stephen Chambers RA
 
I was introduced to Stephen's art many years before taking over Robert Graham. I was struck with the vibrancy of his work so when I started thinking about creating a new range for our independent bottling, I immediately thought, wouldn't it be cool to combine the art of whisky with Stephen Chambers art work.
 
I am delighted that Stephen Chambers RA was so enthusiastic to work with us and have enjoyed working with him to bring this new range of our whiskies to life with Stephen's amazing art collection, The Court of Redonda. – Stephen Johnstone, Robert Graham 1874
 
We are delighted to announce that this collaboration has resulted in Stephen Chambers making prints of his artwork available for purchase - here
 
 
Tasting Notes
 
Dailuaine – vintage 2009 cask 301004
NOSE Deep, rich, chocolate cake, iced gingerbread, sultanas, hints of liquorice, treacle. PALATE Toffee and acacia honey with burnt sugar and toasted oak, icing sugar, chocolate cherry liqueurs, treacle toffees, wood spices, liquorice.
FINISH Warming, sweet, smoky, liquorice, espresso, dark chocolate/cacao, soot, star anise, icing sugar, raisins.
 
Benriach – vintage 2010 cask 415
NOSE Sweet, panna cotta, mango sticky rice, lemongrass, nutmeg, baking spices, vanilla, pear. PALATE Creamy, buttery, nougat, sugared almonds, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, orchard fruits, lemon curd, vanilla, icing sugar, butterscotch, spice.
FINISH Warming, spicy, yogurt, vanilla, crème anglaise, baked apple, sweet spices, candied cloves.
 
Craigellachie – vintage 2011 cask 800572
NOSE Nutmeg, ginger biscuits, amaretti, caramel, almond, thick, creamy.
PALATE Funky! A little vegetal/agave-like, honey, cantaloupe melon, burnt sugar, toasted oats, walnut skin, chocolate raisins, meaty/ beefy hints.
FINISH Rich, robust, smoky, meaty, baked apple, clove, honeycomb, liquorice, long, warming.
 
Glenallachie – vintage 2016 cask 268
NOSE Sweet, caramel, butterscotch, nougat, cooked coconut, fruity hints, candied spices. PALATE Rich, crème caramel, oatmeal, poached pear, cocoa powder, nutmeg, white pepper. FINISH Spicy, peppery, warming, cedar, waxy, spiced fruits, candied peels
Glen Garioch – vintage 2011 cask 3960
NOSE Rich, fruity, brambles/dark berry fruits, malt loaf, buttered toast, brown sugar.
PALATE Fruity, rounded, stewed fruits, brambles, black cherries, candies, strawberry liquorice, maple syrup, hint of tobacco.
FINISH Long, cosy, black forest gateaux, coffee, bramble jam, cherry compote, sweet spice ginger.
 
Glenrothes – vintage 2013 cask 1570
NOSE Sweet, chocolate biscuits, Maltesers, candied nuts, maple syrup, syrup sponge cake, raisin.
PALATE Chocolate fudge cake, black cherry/ maraschino cherry, bramble hints, flapjacks, oatmeal, wood spices, sandalwood, baking spices, pepper.
FINISH Warming, peppery, oak spices, toasted oak, nutty, pecan, chocolate, cappuccino foam.
 
 
 
 
 
Launch date & Availability.
The first 6 expressions will be launched early December, making them the perfect gift for the whisky aficionado looking for something special this Christmas. Keep up to date on announcements by signing up to news updates on the Robert Graham website. The whisky is available on pre-release here
 
The Court of Redonda collection will be available for purchasing through our retail stores in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Cambridge, as well as our online store.
 
Robert Graham 1874 is one of the oldest whisky merchants in the UK. We are a specialist whisky retailer and an independent whisky bottler. 
 
Our product offering includes finest malt whisky, other spirits, and wine. Our whisky range consists of over 2000 bottles with an impressive range of rare and vintage expressions including some of the rarest single cask releases from Scottish distilleries, as well as from world-renowned independent bottlers.
 
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Additional detail:
 
Stephen Chambers’ The Court of Redonda is a group of 101 paintings first exhibited at Ca’ Dandolo as part the Venice Biennale, 2017. 
 
The paintings originate from a conversation between Stephen Chambers and the acclaimed Spanish writer, Javier Marias (1951-2022) whose novels Stephen had begun reading whilst working in New York in 2014. 
 
Redonda, a small unoccupied island in the east West Indies, had been claimed in 1865 by Matthew Sheill, a merchant trader, who subsequently presented it to his son, the science fiction writer Philip Schiel. The younger Schiell, in turn passed it on to the author John Gawsworth. So began a tradition of literary figures ruling over and island with no inhabitants, no natural resources, and almost impossible to occupy. Javier Marias was appointed The King of Redonda in 1997. 
 
Marias took the role on the proviso that he could appoint his own Court. His court would consist of living artists, (AS Byatt, Umberto Eco, Phillip Pullman, Frank Gehry, Frances Ford Coppola amongst others), who would share responsibility for governing and empty island; a folly. Albeit one which throws open a discussion about a different form of governance.
 
Stephen Chambers’ paintings are imagined portraits of the non regal. Beekeepers, postman, gardeners, and the homeless are empowered. It is a visual response to Marias’ question of who could (should) be making decisions. 
 
The paintings were made for two specific venues. Firstly Venice, at Ca’Dandolo as part of the 57th Venice Biennale, and secondly the University of Cambridge. One in a 15th century palazzo, the second a 21st century purpose built art gallery (The Heong Gallery at    Downing College). Both Venice and Cambridge have a history of halls lined with portraits of those wielding power; the Doges and the Masters. 
 
Stephen Chambers is an artist living in Berlin and London. He has had numerous exhibitions internationally. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2005, has collaborated with choreographers, poets, chefs and writers. His work is represented in public and private collections around the world.
 

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