The Angels' Share Tartan - Worsted Wool Scarf

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Created to celebrate Scotch Whisky Scotland's world famous national drink.

Historically known as Uisge Beatha, in Scottish Gaelic, the ancient name for the spirit was translated from the Latin Aqua Vitae meaning 'Water of Life'. The tartan is designed to visibly portray 'the Angels' Share' - the 2% portion of distilled alcohol (said to be taken by the Angels) which evaporates though the oak barrel during the whisky maturation process.

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SIZE: 141cm x 26cm

Made in Scotland from 100% Pure New Wool

Woven on the Isle of Bute

Supplied in a clear pop-up pillow box

Including the full rational behind the tartan in a small folded booklet

Exclusive to the Tartan Artisan®

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LIMITED STOCK!


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The full rationale:

The Angels’ Share
…SCOTCH WHISKY TARTAN ®

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Ratified as an official tartan 6th April 2016, at the Scottish Register of Tartans (Edinburgh)

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The Angels’ Share tartan was designed to celebrate Scotch Whisky ...Scotland's world famous national drink!

Created to reflect the rich amber tones and chroma of Scotch Whisky, the tartan also visibly portrays 'the Angels' Share' - the 2% portion of distilled alcohol (said to be taken by the Angels) which evaporates through the oak barrel during the whisky maturation process.


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Designed with some help …from the ‘Spirit’

The tartan was created with two visions in mind, and with the ‘help’ of a few drams of spirit… :) !

 

Visible Light

Firstly, being inspired by visible light and the observation of Scotch Whisky as it appears in the glass …and in the bottle …the refracting light glinting with decadent hues of amber, gold, and bronze.

 

A tartan of Angelic Light

Secondly, the tartan is created to luminesce with ‘Angel Light’ ...glowing with an ethereal aura. Thus woven into the tartan is evidence of the Angels themselves ...taking their claimed portion of alcohol from the distilling spirit. This forms the basis of the dominant pivot in the tartan, and its decorative arrangement, with ‘stained glass’ effect.

 

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A SECRET revealed
…Angels, appearing in the weave

The geometry of the tartan also holds a special secret as the solidifying form of Angel’s, with their unopened wings and saltire hearts, are slowly revealed from within the geometric elements of the sett.

An iconic image is now transformed …from within the tartan itself, creating an symbol …a logo. An image of an Angel …representing the Angels’ Share Scotch Whisky Tartan®.

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The tartan then pays tribute to the production process of this age-old and beloved drink, the colours also including the primary ingredients of Scotch Whisky.

 

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THE 7 COLOURS
…in the weave


• The seven colours in the tartan each have significance - the number 7 also having the meaning of spiritual ‘completeness and perfection’.

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• The ice BLUE in the tartan (in the first pivot), becomes the complementary balance within the colour palette. The cool and pure colour of Scottish water, one of the three principal ingredients of Scotch Whisky.

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• Dark INDIGO, then emulates the colour of coal, the fuel traditionally used to fire the pot stills when boiling the wash.

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• The third colour in the sett represents the BROWN of the aged oak barrel ...the rich and warm russet hue of this yarn adding both to the warmth in the tartan, as well as alluding to the coppery tones of the Scottish pot stills (the distillation cauldrons that play a major part in the whisky production process).

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• The SHADES CREATED between the Blue, Indigo and Brown portray the colours of Scottish peat ...and the smoke produced when the peat is burned during the traditional smoke malting of the barley.

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• 40 AMBER threads (in the second pivot) represent the spirit itself and the minimum 40% proof of Scotch Whisky ...with the 60 brown threads (in the solid brown) completing the 100% liquid volume.

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• The widest OCHRE stripe in the tartan represents the yeast, the second principal ingredient ...used to ferment the whisky.

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• Significantly then, the two narrow ochre stripes (superimposed upon the brown) visibly portray ‘the Angels’ Share’ ...the 2% volume of alcohol evaporating through the wooden cask.

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• The golden YELLOW stripe represents the ripened barley ...the third principal ingredient in the whisky making process. This colour when combined with the amber, ochre and russet brown creates the rich colour palette of Scotch Whisky within the tartan.

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• The final and seventh colour, WHITE, represents the Angels themselves. The colour not only creating the light in the tartan, but also alluding to the dancing ’sparkle’ in the whisky glass...a mesmerising effect produced after consuming a few drams of Scotch!

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PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY :)

 

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THE THREAD-COUNT
…and Numeracy

 

Created to celebrate Scotch Whisky the tartan also remembers within the weave a special date in Scottish History - 1494.

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The Sett of the tartan totals 331 threads, with the thread-count being a total of 191 threads. Together these two counts amounts to 522 threads.

The tartan’s year of ratification (at the Scottish Register of Tartans Edinburgh) was 2016 ...with the deduction of 522 years then bringing us to the year 1494.

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THE YEAR 1494…

The EARLIEST DOCUMENTED record of distillation of Scotch Whisky in Scotland, in the tax records of the day (the Exchequer Rolls), occurred as early as 1494 when Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey in Fife was granted the king's commission to make the spirit historically known as Uisge Beatha.

The time and place…
…the birthplace of Scotch Whisky…
1494, Lindores Abbey, Fife


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