Joining Montegrappaâ€™s Cult Collection, the Grappa Pen was inspired by the renowned distillate â€œgrappaâ€- an Italian specialty that nowadays has devotees all over the world. This incredible writing instrument was also thought as homage to Bassano del Grappa â€“ the town Montegrappa calls home, for the place is just as well one of the major producers of this refined liquor.
The â€œgrappaâ€ distinct personality is defined by the type and quality of the grapes used, as well as the distillation process or â€œsecret recipe.â€ As proof of grappaâ€™s ascension to the ranks of chic liquors, many of Italyâ€™s finest wine producers now bottle their own â€œgrappaâ€, including the â€œSuper Tuscansâ€ Sassicaia and Tignanello. There can be no higher accolade.
As for the enjoyment of this distillate, grappa is offered in four general categories: young, cask-conditioned, aromatic and aromatised. Grappa tastings begin with young grappa, then continue with cask-conditioned and aromatic grappa and finish with aromatised grappa. Previously unimaginable, grappa is now as complex a subject as wine. Tastings are as complex and intense as those for the finest wines, and a culture of grappa devotees ensure that it will forever retain its new and lofty status. Cincin!
Both the historic traditions of grappa distilling and the aesthetic of steampunk have inspired and influenced the design of the latest addition to Montegrappaâ€™s Cult collection. The materials used in the pensâ€™ manufacture, reminiscent of the distilling vessels, include stainless steel, brass and copper for the cap and barrel, employed in the manner of the actual equipmentâ€™s construction.
Montegrappaâ€™s technicians executed hand-applied hammering techniques on the copper components, while tiny screws â€“ both functional and ornamental â€“ remind the user of the technological inspiration of the product. Even the pocket clip continues the grappa-making theme, formed to recall the copper tubing used in the distilling process.
Exquisite touches detail both ends of this remarkable writing instrument. Inserted into the top of the cap is a disc made of real cork as used in a grappa bottle top, beneath a filigree-cut octagonal grid recalling Montegrappaâ€™s eight-sided symbol. Having been dipped in aged grappa, the cork emanates scents of grappa. Lastly, the 18k gold duotone nib is embellished with a bunch of grapes on the vine.
The Cult Collection Grappa Pen has been issued as fountain pen, with both cartridge and converter feeders, and as a rollerball pen. Production is limited to 1912 for the fountain pen and 1912 for the rollerball, the given number denotes the year of establishment of the Montegrappa company. The blind cap of the Grappa pen is reserved for the limited edition number.
Embracing the spirit of grappa and its life-enhancing properties, the Grappa Pens arrive in special packaging not unlike the presentation of an actual bottle of the liquor. The pen comes in a blown glass bottle with a large globe base, made by local artisans, bearing the Montegrappa coat of arms in metallic finish.