The Nàdurra drinks trolley for The Glenlivet

We have recently developed a taste for fine single malt. The reason? Our collaboration with the original single malt distillery, The Glenlivet.

We are delighted to have been selected to design and make a piece of furniture which helped celebrate the spirit of their Nàdurra expressions, which means ‘natural’ in Gaelic. 

We visited their distillery in Scotland, learned about the brand, the product and their values which reflect a number of our own, and inspired by the traditional malt barrow, we decided we would design a fine drinks trolley and serving tray.

As we learnt about the ritual of enjoying single malts and dedicated time to understanding the ingredients The Glenlivet work with, we decided our piece should heighten the pleasure and performance of 'the serve’.

We designed and made a trolley with very visible construction so people can see how it’s made and to really express the craftsmanship. In our own work as well as in the Nàdurra. We used retired staves from The Glenlivet casks and meaningfully selected species of wood to create the body of the trolley and large woven wheels.

Atop the trolley are also three hand turned, leather lined, rests for each expression in the Nàdurra range. One is made from bog oak to represent The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish. One made from cherry to represent the warm and fruity The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso. The third rest is made from heavily flecked oak to represent the The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection.

Sunk into the body of the trolley is a hand blown ice bucket, with a hand spun copper plate and floating oak shavings, made by the talented Michael Ruh. You can see his fine work in this exquisite short film here.

We're incredibly proud of this piece and how each element has come together in fine celebration of the The Glenlivet Nàdurra expressions. You can see more images and film footage of the making of the trolley here. The trolley and the tray are both available for purchase from The New Craftsmen.

Brogan Cox