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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery Information

Glenmorangie Malt WhiskyDistillery History

Glenmorangie means "Glen of Tranquillity" in Gaelic. Illicit distilling here dates back to 1700's an inventory of goods, from a will recorded in 1640, provides the first direct evidence for the making of whisky in the Tain area. The document refers to early distilling equipment “ane aquavitie celler (spirit stand) with ye glesses... ane aquavitie pott with the graith ane brewing panne... three aquavitie rubbures”.

Glenmorangie Distillery,

Tain, Ross-shire

IV19 1PZ

Tel: +44 (0)1862 892043

Please confirm with the distillery before travelling

Regular tours from 10.30am

Last full tour 3.30pm (Or by appointment)

Maximum 15 per group

Pre-booking advisable

Please note that the distillery will be closed during the Christmas holiday period.

The earliest documented reference to distillation on the site was in 1703, in the 'Tain and Balnagown Documents', and in the 1730s a brewery had been established

 

David Sutherland established tain’s first legal distillery in the early 1820s on a site at the west end of the town. On the 23rd June 1826, the Inverness Journal advertised his property for sale, describing it as 'small but commodious'. Unfortunately for Sutherland, he failed to find a buyer, it appears he went out of business soon after.

 

Matherson brothers founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in 1843; however rather than buy brand new stills, second-hand swan necked stills that had been used in a gin distillery were used. This is why the stills have narrow, arching swan necks. They are exactly 16 feet 10¼ inches tall (5.14 metres): making them the tallest stills in Scotland.

 

During 1883 Mathersons rebuild the distillery and in 1887 the Glenmorangie Distillery Co Ltd was created

 

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were billeted at the Distillery, during the First World War (1914-18) the malt barns converted into makeshift barracks for the duration of each summer. Before the war ended, its largest single customer, Macdonald and Muir, acquired Glenmorangie.

 

By the beginning of the 1920s, the Distillery was in production again with its full complement of Sixteen Men. The distillery was closed between 1931-36 Down turn in the market and during the Second World War (1940-45)

 

Securing a water supply had always been a problem; the Tarlogie Springs belonged to the local Laird, who leased the right to draw water from the springs to the Distillery However, the Laird could use the land surrounding the springs for any purpose - a situation that could have jeopardised the quality or quantity of the water. In the 1980s, there was a threat of a building development near the springs, so Macdonald and Muir acted to make sure that the water would be safe by buying 650 acres of the land surrounding the Tarlogie Springs. and secure the distilleries future. 1980 Stills increased from 2-4

 

In 1990 additional stills were added to the still house (now 8) to keep up with worldwide demand for Glenmorangie Single Malt. Then, in 2002, two more washbacks were introduced as demand continued to increase.

 

The Distillery continues to maintain the tradition of only employing Sixteen Men, who work around the clock, all year round, only stopping each year for Christmas and essential maintenance.

Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Distillery

StyleTasting Notes

Nose: Creamy toffee with fruit and spices.

Palate: Medium bodied. Smooth, malty, nutty and spicy.

Finish: Long and rounded, nutty.

Glenmorangie use differrent wood finishes to enhance the flavours.

Glenmorangie Whisky Review Glenmorangie Wood Finish Glenmorangie Whisky Glenmorangie Wood Finish

Founded in the early 1820s by David Sutherland

Region Highland region, Northern district

Water Source Tarlogie Springs

 

Glenmorangie  Distilling Equipment

8 Swan necked stills (tallest in Scotland)

Matured principally in American oak bourbon barrels The Distillery was the first to introduce finishes other than sherry

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Glenmorangie Origonal

Glenmorangie named bottlings. Aster, - Artein, - Finealta, Signet

Glenmorangie Finishes-  Lasanta Sherry Finish, -Nectar D'or Sauternes, - Quinta Port Finish, - Sonnalta ex-Pedro Ximenez

Glenmorangie 18 year old

Glenmorangie 25 year old

Glenmorangie Pride 1978, 1981

 

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery bottlings

Glenmorangie 10 year old, - Cellar 13,

Glenmorangie 15 year old

Glenmorangie 21 year old Elegance

Glenmorangie 25 year old Quarter Century

Glenmorangie 30 year old

Glenmorangie 30 year old Malaga Finish

Glenmorangie  Artisan Casks, -

Burgundy wood finish - Burr Oak Reserve - Cognac wood finish

- Cote de Beaune - Cote de Nuits - Madeira wood finish - Margaux Cask Finish - Missouri oak -

Port wood finish - Sherry wood finish

Glenmorangie Singet – Traditional - Truffle Oak

Glenmorangie Vintage 1973, 1975, 1977

Glenmorangie Managers Choice (Various vintages)

 

Glenmorangie independent bottlings

SMWS

Award Winning Glenmorangie 

 

IWSC =International Wines & Spirits Compertition

ISC =International Spirits Compertition

WWA =World Whisky Awards

 

10 Year Old

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010 Double Gold Category - Single Malt

IWSC 2009 Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008 Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2009 SilverCategory - Scotch Single Malts

ISC 2008 SilverCategory - Scotch Single Malt

 

18 Year old

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010 Double Gold Category - Single Malt

WWA 2009 Best Malt Category - Highland Malt

IWSC 2009 Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008 Silver Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2008 Silver Category - Scotch Single Malts

 

25 Year old

IWSC 2009 SilvervCategory - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008 Silver Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2009 Silver Category - Scotch Single Malts

 

Astar

WWA 2009 Gold Category - New Release

IWSC 2009 Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt

ISC 2009 Silver Category - Scotch Single Malts

 

Lasanta

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010  Double GoldCategory - Single Malt

IWSC 2009 Silver Category - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008 SilverCategory - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2008 Silver Category - Scotch Single Malts

 

Nectar D'Or

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010 Double Gold Category - Single Malt

IWSC 2009 Silver Category - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008 Silver Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2008 SilverCategory - Scotch Single Malts

 

Quinta Ruban

IWSC 2009 Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

IWSC 2008Gold Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

 

Signet

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010 Double Gold Category - Single Malt

WWA 2009 Gold Category - New Release

IWSC 2008 Silver Best In Class Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2009 SilverCategory - Scotch Single Malts

ISC 2009 Gold Category - Design & Packaging

 

Sonnalta

IWSC 2009 Silver Category - Single Malt Highland

ISC 2009 Gold Category - Scotch Single Malts

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#-Older Discontinued Style Bottlings

*- Limited Editions

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