Like whiskey? Like bikes? Then this is the bike for you!

Glenmorangie, the award-winning Highland distillery, is giving a new lease of life to its used whisky barrels through an innovative partnership with Renovo, a luxury wooden-framed bicycle manufacturer based in Oregon.

Last year, the distillery partnered with British eyewear designer Finlay & Co for an inaugural Beyond the Cask release of limited-edition sunglasses made from old Glenmorangie casks. For its 2017 project, casks have been transformed by Renovo into 50 hand-crafted, hollow-framed road bikes.

Sleek, polished, stylish and providing an unparalleled cycling experience, the limited-edition Glenmorangie Original bike marries tradition, technology, artistic endeavour and human ingenuity. “We spent many months in research, design and development to create something unique, beautiful and functional and worthy of our ‘smoothest ride on the planet’ promise,” says Renovo founder Ken Wheeler.

Glenmorangie and Renovo represent a perfect pairing of a different kind, with their shared pioneering spirit, love of wood and dedication to the finest craftsmanship. “Attention to detail is another focus we both share,” says Mr MacDonald. “I particularly love the way the bike frame’s angles and curves echo those of the original staves and casks. I’m a keen cyclist myself and absolutely delight in owning the very first Glenmorangie Original bicycle crafted by Renovo. It’s surprisingly light at just 8.1kg, and it glides over those Highland roads.”

For the Glenmorangie Original bicycle, Renovo designers took inspiration from the shape of Glenmorangie whisky cask staves, with the downtube and top tube echoing the trapezoidal shape of the stave and the arcing curve of the cask. These shapes are integrated into a frame with the same smooth-riding hollow frame technology as all Renovos and “longbow” seatstays engineered to further tame rough roads.

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The Launch Edition is built with a Shimano Ultegra shifting and braking systems, a full-carbon thru-axle fork, lightweight and aerodynamic Velocity wheels and a lightweight and comfortable FSA cockpit. A more rarefied ride is possible with The Prestige Edition, equipped with Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace system offering electronic shifting and hydraulic braking, complimented by Rolf Prima carbon-fiber wheels and a carbon fiber FSA cockpit.

So how much will a whiskey aged wooden bicycle cost you? The bikes start from $6,950 – around the £5,200 in the current economic climate, with the ‘prestige’ edition costing you an eye-watering $11,450 – a touch over £8,500. Money well spent!

You can find out more about the bike – and purchase one – by clicking here »