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THE GLENMORANGIE   TEN years old 40% (Old Bottling)     
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

GLENMORANGIE   Aged TWELVE years 46%     INFO           
COTE DE BEAUNE WOOD FINISH
Finished in
Premier Cru Burgundy Oak Casks
Traditional Strenght (Old Bottling)
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   18 years old 43 % (Old Bottling)   INFO                  
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   22 years old 43%      INFO           
Distilled only in the year of 1971
Bottled: 1993
Limited Bottling
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   10 years old 58,8%     INFO            
THE NATIVE
ROSS - SHIRE GLENMORANGIE
Natural Cask Strenght
Original Bottling
Handcrafted by The Men of Tain
Date Distilled 10 June 1982
Cask No. 5341
Date Bottled 22 September 1992
Genummerde flessen
Matured in Native Ross - Shire
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire.

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %  INFO      
PORT WOOD FINISH (Old Bottling)
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %   INFO         
Special Reserve Stock
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men Of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   17 years old 40%                 
Distilled only in the year of 1979
Bottled in 1996 Limited Bottling
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %   INFO      
MADEIRA FINISH (Old Bottling)
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   10 years old 43 %     INFO        
CELLAR 13
Single Malt from a Single Cellar
Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %  INFO  
FINO SHERRY WOOD FINISH (Old Bottling)
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   10 years old 57,2%       INFO    
TRADITIONAL lOO0 PROOF
Non - Chill Filtered
Straight From The Wood
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 46,5 %   INFO    
PORT WOOD FINISH (Very Old Experimental Bottling)
Matured in Oak Casks
for at least 12 years 46,5 %
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %   INFO      
TAIN L'HERMITAGE FINISH
Year of distillation 1978
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %     INFO     
SHERRY WOOD FINISH (Old Bottling)
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   12 years old 40 %    INFO              
MILLENNIUM MALT
First Fill Casks Limited Edition
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   25 years old 43 %    INFO            
MALAGA FINISH
Distilled: 1975
Bottled: 2000
Limited Edition
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE     22 years old 43%               
Distilled only in the year of 1974
Bottled in 1996
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
For Duty Free Sales Only
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   21 years old 43 %       INFO       
Distilled in the year of 1977
Bottled: 1998
Limited Bottling
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
Vintage Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenmorangie Distillery Coy,
Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE     29 years old 43%                  
Distilled only in the year of 1975
Bottled in 2003
Limited Bottling
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
For Duty Free Sales Only
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   15 years old 43%    INFO        
Handcrafted by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

THE  GLENMORANGIE  EALANTA   46 %    
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
PRIVATE  EDITION
VINTAGE  1 9 9 3
Woodtype: American White Oak,
Heavily Charred
(From The Mark Twain Forest, Missouri)
Bottled 2012
American Virgin Oak
Non Chill - Filtered
Fourth Release from the Private Edition,
A range of rare, limited edition malts,
Master Distiller: Dr. Bill Lumsden
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain,                                                                                                                                           Ross - shire

THE GLENMORANGIE   14 years old 43 %  INFO           
COGNAC MATURED
Distilled: 1985
Bottled: 1999
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
850 bottles
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

GLENMORANGIE   over 20 years old 46%    INFO       
SAUTERNES WOOD FINISH
Finished in Premier
Grand Cru Sauternes Casks
Distilled in 1981
Bottled 2002
Limited Edition  (Old Bottling )
Genummerde flessen
Non chill - filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %     INFO
WOOD FINISH (Old Bottling)
BURGUNDY WOOD FINISH
COTE D'OR BURGUNDY CASKS
Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery
Coy, Tain, Ross-shire

GLENMORANGIE                  46 %                INFO                                          
ARTISAN
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Wood type: White Oak (Quercus Alba)
Ozark Mountains, U.S.
Wood variant: slow growth /  rich in earlywood
Drying method: air seasoned
Drying time: 2 years
Year of Distillation  1995
Cask type / size: first fill / hogshead
Whisky filtration: non chill-filtered
Master Distiller: Dr. W. B. Lumsden
The Glenmorangie Distillery Co, Tain, Ross-shire

GLENMORANGIE         TEN  YEARS  OLD  40 %                                   
THE  ORIGINAL
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and Matured in Ross - shire
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - shire


GLENMORANGIE         18 YEARS  OLD 43 % INFO                                     
EXTREMELY  RARE
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and Matured in Ross - shire
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE         25  YEARS  OLD  43 %   INFO                          
THE  QUARTER  CENTURY
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and Matured in Ross - shire
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE             46 %                                                                    
THE  QUINTA  RUBAN
PORT  CASK  EXTRA  MATURED
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and Matured in Ross - shire
Non Chill - Filtered
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE          46 %         INFO                                                
THE  LASANTA
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and matured in Ross - Shire
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
SHERRY  CASK  EXTRA  MATURED
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - Shire

GLENMORANGIE        46 %         INFO                                                
THE  NECTAR  D' OR
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled and mature in Ross - Shire
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
SAUTERNES  CASK  EXTRA  MATURED
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain, Ross - Shire  

GLENMORANGIE           57,1 %            INFO                                        
THE  ASTAR
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
In Pursuit of Perfection
100o  PROOF AND  NON  
NON  CHILL -  FILTERED
Wood type white oak Quercus Alba
Wood variant slow growth, rich in
early wood
Drying method air seasoned
Master Distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden
The Glenmorangie Distillery Coy, Tain,
Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE     Aged 15 years 46 %   INFO                                     
SAUTERNES  WOOD  FINISH
Finished in First - Growth Sauternes
Barriques
Single Highland Malt
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery Coy, Tain, Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE         46 %                                                     
SIGNET
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signet is a unique innovation in whisky
creation  
An extraordinary marriage of rare high roast
malt, our own single estate Cadboll barley
and maturation in bespoke casks delivers an
outstanding whisky of unprecedented style and
taste
Non chill - filtered
Perfected by The Sixteen Men of Tain
The Glenmorangie Distillery Coy, Tain,
Ross - shire

GLENMORANGIE          SONNALTA   P  X     INFO

GLENMORANGIE     11 years old  57.4 %   INFO  
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled August 1997
Cask type 2nd Fill Hogshead / Ex Bourbon
1 of 289 bottles
Society Single Cask  125.23
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Murray Mints'
   
GLENMORANGIE       FINEALTA    46 %  INFO                   
PRIVATE  EDITION
2e Edition
Highland Single  Malt
Scotch Whisky
From an original recipe of 1903
Wood Type: American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Oak
Barley: Lightly Peated
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Cot, Tain,
Ross - Shire
      
Glenmorangie       46 %       INFO                       
SONALTA  P X

Private  Collection
1e Edition
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Extra matured in Pedro Ximenez Casks
Limited Edition
Non Chill - Filtered
Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain,
Ross - shire

THE  GLENMORANGIE         THE  ARTEIN    
15  years old   46 %
HIGHLAND   SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY     
PRIVATE  EDITION
THIRD  RELEASE
LIMITED  EDITION
Non chill – filtered
The Glenmorangie Distillery Coy

 

                      
THE  GLENMORANGIE  EALANTA   46 %    
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
PRIVATE  EDITION
VINTAGE  1 9 9 3
Woodtype: American White Oak,
Heavily Charred
(From The Mark Twain Forest, Missouri)
Bottled 2012
American Virgin Oak
Non Chill - Filtered
Fourth Release from the Private Edition,
A range of rare, limited edition malts,
Master Distiller: Dr. Bill Lumsden
The Glenmorangie Distillery, Coy, Tain,                                                                                                                                                    Ross - shire
                

Highland Malt
The Northern Highlands
THE GLENMORANGIE (1843

Coy, Tain, Ross-shire. Eigenaars: Macdonald Martin Distillers Pic, Leith.
Glenmorangie is Keltisch voor 'laag gelegen grond langs de stroom', en/of 'het dal van de grote rust'.
Glenmorangie is gelegen op de zuidelijke oever van de Dornoch Firth, bij de koninklijke stad Tain, één van de oudste steden van Schotland en lang een pelgrimsoord, Tain was de geboortestad van St. Duthus, geboren 1000 voor Christus.
Er werd hier al sinds 1660 illegaal gestookt op de boederijen Morangie en Ardjackie. In 1738 stond hier een bierbrouwerij.
The Glenmorangie is gesticht in 1843 door William Matheson, mede eigenaar van Balblair, die de Morangie boerderij kocht en de brouwerij en, samen met zijn broer begon met dis-tileren.
Zijn eerste ketels waren 2e hands en van een ongebruikelijk formaat, en omdat de whisky afkomstig uit deze ketels zo buitengewoon goed was, is het design nooit veranderd.
De ketels zijn de hoogste in Schotland, 5,13 meter.
De turf kwam aanvankelijk van de Tarlochy Hills, later vanaf 1880 werd turf per trein aangevoerd van Forsinard nabij Dunreay, en toen deze banken waren uitgeput, werd de turf betrokken van Eday op Orkney.
Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd de turf betrokken van Altnamain, 10 mijl van de distil-leerderij gelegen en nu (2003) komt de turf van Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire.
In 1887 werd Glenmorangie Distillery Company Ltd opgericht en de distilleerderij totaal verbouwd.
Glenmorangie werd toen van de meest ouderwetse distilleerderij van Schotland, de modernste met ketels werden toen reeds indirekt met stoom verhit, doormiddel van spiralen in de ketels.
Alfred Barnard, die Glenmorangie rond 1880 bezocht, schreef: ' certainly the most ancient and most primitive distillery we have seen and now almost in ruins'.
Hij was verbaast dat er desondanks toen al 90.000 liter whisky per jaar werd geproduceerd.
Glenmorangie werd toen al verkocht in Rome en San Francisco.
In 1896 kreeg Glenmorangie een eigen aansluiting op het spoorwegnet.
In 1878 begon James Martin, een handelsreiziger in whisky, zijn eigen zaak in Edinburgh, in Broughton Street, toen het nieuwe stads gedeelte van Edinburgh.
In 1884 ging hij samen met Edward Macdonald en verhuisde het bedrijf naar Leith. James Martin stierf in 1899, en Daniel Macdonald, Edward's broer werd deelgenoot.
Intussen was een derde broer, Roderick Macdonald, samen met zijn zwager, Alexander Muir ook een eigen bedrijf begonnen, Macdonald & Muir, ook te Leith.

In 1912 namen Macdonald & Muir, James Martin & Co over, voor de toen enorme som geld van E 375.000.
Merknamen waren toen Martin's VVO, Royal Abbey, House of Lords en Perfection.
In 1918 namen Macdonald & Muir de wijnhandelaar Charles Muirhead over, en samen met een zekere heer Durham, een whiskymakelaar, die voor 60 % deelnam, werd Macdonald & Muir voor 40 % eigenaar van Glenmorangie.
Macdonald & Muir waren de grootste afnemers van Glenmorangie. Durham werd een paar jaar later uitgekocht.
De Glenmoray - Glenlivet distilleerderij werd in 1920 gekocht.
In 1921 werd Nicol Anderson & Co overgenomen met de merken Souter Johnnie, Old Oak Tree Dunvegan en Baillie Nicol Jarvie.
Glenmorangie was gesloten van 1931 tot 1936 en weer van 1941 tot 1944.
In 1948 was de produktie weer op hetzelfde niveau als voor de tweede wereldoorlog.
In 1977, 1980 en 1990 werden er telkens twee ketels bijgebouwd tot een totaal van acht nu.
In 1977 werden de moutvloeren verwijderd.
In 1982 werden de landerijen gekocht waar de Morangie boerderij op staat, en ook de Tar-logie bron.
De Mash tun is 9,5 ton en de Wash backs hebben elk een inhoud van 50.000 liter.
De vier Wash stills zijn elk groot 12.500 liter, de vier Spirit stills zijn elk 8000 liter groot.
De capaciteit is 2,5 liter spirit per jaar.
Het meeste van de whisky ( 70 %) wordt als single malt whisky verkocht, een deel gaat in de eigen blends Highland Queen en Bailie Nicol Harvey.
Aan blenders wordt nog iets verkocht, na te zijn gemengd met Glen Moray, onder de naam West Port.
Eenzelfde systeem hanteren ook Glenfiddich en Balvenie om te zorgen dat anderen deze malt whiskies niet onder de oorspronkelijke namen in de handel kunnen brengen.
Glenmorangie betrekt het hout voor de vaten van bomen in de Ozark Mountains in Moussouri, de planken worden daar in de open lucht gedroogd, en na te zijn gebruikt te Heaven Hill en Maker's Mark, naar Schotland verscheept om daar te worden gebruikt voor The Glenmorangie single malt whisky.
Op 14 Juli 1997 wordt een bezoekerscentrum geopend, en de nabij gelegen Cadboll boederij wordt verbouwd tot Farm Hospitality House, Glenmorangie House.
Glenmorangie legt veel nadruk op het kleine en ambachtelijke van de distilleerderij, men gebruikt in zijn reclame uitingen de slogan 'The Sixteen Men of Tain', wat duidt op de medewerkers van Glenmorangie.
De Parijse parfumeur Christian St. Roche kon 26 verschillende geuren in Glenmorangie onderscheiden en onderzoek heeft bewezen dat er 55 verschillende aroma's voorkomen in Glenmorangie.

In April 1996 neemt MacDonald Martin Distilleries een nieuw E 12.000.000 kostend hoofdkantoor te Broxburn in gebruik.
Tezelfdertijd wordt de naam MacDonald Martin Distilleries veranderd in Glenmorangie Plc.
In April 1997 koopt Glenmorangie Plc de Ardbeg distilleerderij op Islay, inclusief merknaam en whiskyvoorraad voor E 7.000.000 van Allied Domecq.
De Amerikaanse vaten komen van Makers Mark en Heaven Hill distilleerderijen, maar sinds 1995 worden er ook vaten gebruikt van Europees eiken, de Quercus robur.
Een aantal boerderijen in de omgeving van de distilleerderij zijn aangekocht, niet alleen voor levering van gerst, maar vooral om de watervoorziening zeker te stellen.
Glenmorangie mout niet zelf, de mout wordt betrokken van Glen Ord.
Begin 2004 wordt The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith in Edinburgh overgenomen.
Het water komt van Tarlogie Springs
De Mash tun is 9,5 ton.
De zes Wash backs hebben elk een inhoud van 50.000 liter
De vier Wash stills zijn elk groot 12.500 liter, de vier Spirit stills zijn elk 8000 liter groot en worden met stoom verhit.
De capaciteit is 2,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Aan blenders levert Glenmorangie malt whisky met iets Glen Moray erdoor gemengd, te weinig om van invloed op de smaak te zijn onder de naam Westport.
In 2003 worden er twee Wash backs bijgebouwd voor E 500.000. De produktie komt zo op vier miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Mei 2000 wordt bekend dat Brown - Forman Corporation uit de Verenigde Staten, voor 10 % deelneemt in het aandelen kapitaal in Glenmorangie Plc.

Glenmorangie Single Malt Rises from Scotland's Tallest Stills. 'Only the lightest & purest of spirits can ascend to such heights'.
The Glenmorangie Distillery is one of the smallest in the Highlands, employing just sixteen craftsmen. The methods we employ today differ little from those of our forebears. And although Glenmorangie is now found in over one hundred international markets, and is one of the world's top selling malt whiskies, we will not alter our craft, our core, our patience, Truly, Glenmorangie is 'Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain'.
Tarlogie Spring Water
Our private source of water is uniquely hard and rich in minerals, Its waters bubble up, rising through lime and sandstone strata over the course of 100 years.
Cadboll Barley
Our home-grown barley is supremely rich in flavour and malted in a lightly peated kiln, which imparts a subtle smokiness to the whisky.
The Tallest Stills
Our 'swan necked' stills are unique. At nearly 17 feet, our stills ensure that only the lightest and purest vapours can ascend and condense into spirit.
American White Oak
We pursue a rigorous 'wood regime' to maintain the highest quality. American bourbon casks will not mask the true character of Glenmorangie.

The Glenmorangie Distillery is a special, timeless place, situated in the far north of Scotland. The fresf, unchanging, maritime climate enables Glenmorangie to mature gently and at a steady pace while the spirit sleeps through the long years in cask. As the whisky breathes through the oaken walls of the cask, the spirit expels harsher alcohols to the atmosphere, generally known as 'The Angel's Share', and absorbs natural sweetness from the wood, developing and mellowing gradually. It is this unhurried, steady maturing process and the extra ageing which gives Glenmorangie 1979 Vintage its distinctive rich aroma.
Much time and dedication has gone into creation of this rare vintage and the result is a malt whisky of exceptional quality which we are confident will be admired by even the most dicriminating whisky connoisseur.

25 Augustus 2004 zet Glenmorangie Plc zichzelf in de etalage: meerderheids aandeelhouder, de nazaten van de familie MacDonald, willen van hun belang af.
Glenmorangie Plc is aan de beurs genoteerd.
De waarde van Glenmorangie is ongeveer E 191 miljoen, is 6 284 miljoen.
Direkt na het bekend worden van het nieuws steeg de koers met 20 %, waardoor de beurswaarde op E 235 miljoen, is 6 348 miljoen kwam.
Als mogelijke kopers gelden: Bacardi en Diageo, de laatste zou moeilijkheden kunnen krijgen met de mededinginsautoriteiten vanwege zijn al grote belangen in de whiskyindustrie.
Brown Forman. onder andere eigenaar van Jack Daniels, Canadian Mist, Southern Comfort en een aantal wijnbedrijven.
Brown Forman is al in het bezit van 10 % van het aandelenkapitaal van Glenmorangie Plc.
Glenmorangie heeft in Schotland een marktaandeel van 17,6 %.
Brown Forman importeert Glenmorangie in de Verenigde Staten
In 1969 was de omzet van Glenmorangie Plc E 69 miljoen, de winst E 9,6 miljoen
20 October 2004   
Het Franse Moet Hennessy, onderdeel van het concern L V M H, koopt The Glenmorangie plc voor € 300 miljoen = G 430 miljoen. Diageo heeft ook een aandeel in Moet Hennessy.
                                                  
          GLENMORANGIE               ARTISAN CAKS

Only casks made of slow growth, air seasoned wood are used for Glenmorangie's
Artisan Cask. As the cooper uses his craft to turn the staves into casks, he toasts
the inside walls of the cask to ensure a deep penetration of the wood to deliver
sweetness of flavour. This is followed by a layer of charring to free up the vanilla
notes during maturation, a characteristic part of the essence of Glenmorangie.

We lend our Artisan Cask to a selected Bourbon House who use it to mature their
whiskey in non-heated warehouses in Kentucky, again ensuring the gentlest treatment
of the oak. Finally the cask is transported to Tain, where it is filled with that delicate
spirit emanating from Scotland's tallest stills under the watchful eyes of The Sixteen
Men of Tain and laid down in our traditional 19th Century warehouses to mature the
result, we believe, is truly stunning and is ideally suited to the connoisseur.

The Sixteen Men of Tain:

Graham Eunson              - Distillery Manager
Stuart Hoy                       - Head Warehouseman
Sandy MacLennan          - Warehouseman
Brian Gilmour                -   Warehouseman
Colin Munro                   -   Warehouseman
Gary George                   -  Warehouseman
Jocky Stout                     -  Warehouseman
Kenny MacDonald         -   Stillman
John MacDonald            -  Asst. Distillery Manager
Alan Duff                       -   Mashman
Richard Begg                 -  Mashman
Jimmy Mackay               -  Mashman
Gerard Murphy                - Mashman
Hugh Mackay                 -  Stillman
Dougie Murray                  Stillman
Robert Nicholson            - Stillman

ARTISAN - tasting notes:
Colour: mid to deep golden colour
Aroma: toffee, crème brulee
Taste: rounded, vanilla, plums, spice
Mouthfeel: rich, oily
Aftertaste: long, peppery.

Master Distiller: Dr. W. B.Lumsden                  

25 October 2007

Moet Hennessy, het eigendom van Diageo en L V M H,  voert een restyling door:

De 10 jaar oude Glenmorangie gaat Glenmorangie Original heten en heeft voortaan
een groter aandeel whisky die gerijpt is in Artisan vaten.

De 18 jaar oude whisky krijgt de toevoeging Extremely Rare en 30 % van de whisky
is gelagert in vaten die eerst zijn gebruikt voor Oloroso sherry vaten.

De vier standaart "Wood Finishes"worden opgevolgd door drie "Wood Finishes",

Glenmorangie Lasanta, wat Keltisch is voor warmte, en is nagerijpt in Oloroso sherry
vaten.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, wat Keltisch is voor robijnrood, en is nagerijpt in Port
vaten.

Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or, wat Keltisch is voor goud, en wordt nagerijpt in Sauternes
vaten

De drie "Wood Finishes"worden niet koud gefilterd en hebben een alcoholpercentage
van 46 %

Alle whiskies worden gebotteld in een nieuw ontworpen flessen en met nieuwe etiketten:
die werden ontleend van de Cadboll Stone, uit de tijd van de Picten, waarvan een kopie
staat in de nabijheid van Glenmorangie House, het origineel staat in het Schotse Nationaal
Museum in Edinburgh.

De spiralen op het etiket symboliseren het raffiment en de veelzijdigheid van Glenmorangie.

Een heel eigen flessenvorm heeft de 25 jaar oude Glenmorangie Quarter Century.


Moet Hennessy wil ook het leveren aan supermarktketens van Glenmorangie als huismerk
Stoppen, om uitholling van hun merk te voorkomen

SIGNET  EMERGES

The impulse to  CREATE  begins deep in the imagination

A vision of a  MASTERPIECE  more complex than anything we have created before

A whisky of  SUBLIME  flavours  and  SUCCULENT  textures;  SEDUCTIVELY  exotic, rich and voluptuous

Emerging as the  ULTIMATE  new creation from GLENMORANGIE, Signet is the
culmination of everything we have learnt during a lifetime of whisky creation…

Our most ambitious  INNOVATION.  Our greatest ever challenge. Dark and mysterious, its secrets are SACRED

A  LIFTIME  OF  SKILL  AND  PASSION

Is it possible to imagine an aroma you have never experienced ? Or taste a flavour before it has been created ? For our whisky creators, it is. Theirs is an INNATE and
unique gift. To  SEE  AROMAS  and  FEEL  TEXTURES  they can taste in their minds
for them, whisky begins as a perfect idea. Only then do they set out to create their mas-
terpiece,  drawing on a  LIFETIME  OF  EXPERIENCE,  ancient artistry and pioneering passion. This is what makes Signet so PRECIOUS. Born in the minds of our
whisky creators, only they could ever make or create this extraordinary whisky

DARK  SECRETS  WITHIN

Our whisky creators have poured into Signet all the  RICHES  of their  SKILL  and expertise, intuition and  PASSION.  The have brought together rare and precious ele-
ments and crafted them using innovations and  DARK  SECRETS  known only to them.
Always restless, never satisfied, it takes  YEARS  TO  PERFECT  their whisky. But
precisely how Signet is created, they will keep to themselves. Like the whisky in the
glass, the  ARTIST's  SECRETS  are sacred

A  TANTALISING  GLIMPSE

If there is one precious secret they are prepared to reveal, it is that of Signet's dark
VOLUPTUOUSNESS; its unique VELVET  EXPLOSION. This whisky is created
using exquisite 'HIGH  ROAST' malted barley to draw out the  RICHEST  flavour
from the raw ingredient. This chocolate coffee malt is carefully married with some
of Glenmorangie's  RAREST  whiskies, and malt distilled from exclusive single estate
barley from the  ANCIENT  fertile fields of Cadboll. It is the subtle balance of these
rare and precious whiskies that makes Signet unique, tatalising and ETERNALLY
MYSTERIOUS

BEGUILES  INTENSELY

So now the stuning  JEWEL  of the whisky creators' art appears from the darkness.
Its flavour accords are at once characteristic of Glenmorangie, with TANTALISING
fruits and  HEADY  bouquet, yet unlike anything they have ever created before -
with ravishing base notes of  SUMPTUOUS  chocolate and velvety aromatic coffee.
Pioneering,  MASTERFUL and unique, Signet  REINVENTS  the rules of whisky
creation, as only Glenmorangie can

MOVES  MYSTERIOUSLY,  ENVELOPING  EVERYTHING

Swirl Signet until it coats the inside of your glass and watch it take  FOREVER  to drop
to the bottom, the anticipation of the  SUCCULENT  textures that will tease and tantalise your senses. Rich, heady aromas will  ENTICE  you with their promise of indulgence, Voluptuous, sizzling flavours will  SEDUCE  you with their velvety smooth-
ness. On ice, new  POWERFUL aromas arise, while flavours fill the palate with exquisite waves of  SENSATION.  It is one of those rare moments when the  EXPERIENCE  truly lives up to the  EXPECTATION

SEDUCES  COMPLETELY

The shadows flicker and move, while in the depth of the glass a  GOLDEN  amber glow
HYPNOTISES,  drawing you closer. Close your eyes and  SUCCUMB  to Signet, se-
ductively exotic, rich and  VOLUPTUOUS,  enveloping the senses completely. Enjoy with the closest of friends in  DARK  PLACES,  in the shadows of the night…   

2008   September L V M H (Luis Vuitton) verkoopt Glen Moray aan het Franse La
Martiniquaise die in Frankrijk Glen Turner Pure Malt verkoopt, wat de meest verkochte
malt whisky is in Frankrijk

La Martiniquaise heeft in Schotland al een Warehousinf- en Bottlingcomplex te Bathgate,
halfweg tussen Glasgow en Edinburgh

Op het moment van aankoop kwamen de vergunningen af om dit compex uit te breiden met
een malt- en grain distilleerderij

Het is niet bekend of deze uitbreiding doorgaat na de aankoop van Glen Moray

Bij Glenmorangie zouden vier nieuwe ketels worden bijgebouwd

GLENMORANGIE    (1843 - 1931) (1936 -


Juni 2008

Glenmorangie Astar wordt uitgebracht, het is de opvolger van Artisan Cask

Astar is Keltisch en wil zeggen reis, dat is de lange weg die het hout (voor de vaten)
aflegt van de Ozark Mountains in het zuiden van de Verenigde Staten waar na het
kappen van de bomen het hout een droogtijd ondergaat in de openlucht i.p.v. droging
in droogovens

De vaten worden daarna gevuld met Tennessee whisky, om daarna naar Schotland te
worden getransporteerd voor gebruik bij Glenmorangie  

THE  ARTEIN

Artein ( Gaelic for “stone”) is a rare expression, inspired by the influence that stone has
on both our renowed Glenmorangie whisky and the remarkable Super Tuscan wine casks
in which it was extra – matured, adding depth and fruitiness to both.

A  MONUMENTAL  WHISKY

In the Scottish Highlands on Glenmorangie land, there is a stone of symbolic signi-
ficance: The Cadboll Stone. An ancient omonument that has become Glenmorangie’s emblem. Out of inhospitable stony ground around our Distillery, the Tarlogie Spring emerges
a triumph of nature. The layers of stone the Tarlogie water filters through add rich minerals
that eventually give Glenmorangie its complex layers of fruity aromas.

BORN  OF  STONE

Fascinated by the role of stone in Glenmorangie’s development, Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of
Distilling & Whisky Creation, resolved to make it into the protagonist of the latest whisky
in our Private Edition. From his travels in Italy and passion for wine, Dr. Bill knew the story of the origins of the Super Tuscan wines of incredible quality that, like Glenmorangie, have
been shaped by stone. He decided to experiment with extra maturing Glenmorangie in their
casks, and Artein was born.

SAVOUR  THE  WHISKY

The result of this extra – maturation is an intriguingly fragrant whisky, capable of transporting you from the shores of the Dornoch Firth to the ruggedly beautiful Tuscan
hills. Glenmorangie Artein has the distinctive citrus and vanilla notes that we would expect from Glenmorangie – with added layers of cassis, red fruits, honeysuckle and fresh mint.

Glenmorangie Ealanta:
(Gaelic for: skilled and ingenious) is a rare
limited edition, aged in the finest virgin
oak casks, made from slow - growth American
white oak, sourced from the northern slopes
of the Missouri Mark Twain Forest in the U.S.A.
The captivating aroma of Glenmorangie Ealanta
Reveals vanilla, candied orange peel and sugar
coated almonds.

An Exceptional Whisky
During the 1990s, Glenmorangie's Head of Distillation
And Whisky Creation Dr. Bill. Lumsden travelled over
5,000 miles to the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, U.S.A.
His quest: to hand - select the finest oak wood for
casks that would produce a very special whisky.
On the northern slopes of Missouri's Mark Twain Na-
tional Forest, named after "The Father of American
Literature", he discovered a number of superb slow -
growth American white oak trees.

Father of Literature
Mark Twain travelled widely and was particularly fond
of visiting the United Kingdom.
In 1873, he travelled on a speaking and writing tour, and
whilst staying at the luxurious Langham Hotel in London,
he discovered Scotch.
He tried it in his favourite cocktail - a - pre - cursor to
The Old Fashioned.


Glenmorangie announces name for new single malt
26 September, 2013

Taghta ("Tuh-ta", Gaelic for chosen), is name chosen by Glenmorangie's whisky fans worldwide for a new single malt.
The whisky, which has spent a number of years extra-maturing in Manzanilla sherry casks - has already been selected by the public when three casks of whisky were put to a vote earlier this year.
The Moet Hennessy owned brnad had asked enthusiasts to choose the name of the new single malt whisky. Suggestions were whittled down to a shortlist of three, translated into Gaelic by expert Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich, and put to an online vote.
After Taghta, Coileanta ("Coh-lahn-tah", Gaelic for mastery) came second while Salainn ("Sahl-ing" Gaelic for Salt) came third. Glenmorangie itself means 'Glen of Tranquility'.
Dr MacCoinnich is a researcher in the history of the Highlands at the University of Strathclyde. He was formerly a tutor in Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow and grew up speaking Gaelic as a first language on the Isle of Lewis. Dr MacCoinnich helped Glenmorangie choose the shortlist and translated the names into Gaelic.
He said: "As predicted, it was really difficult to pick out the best three names from the thousands of entries we received from across the world. The public have now chosen their favourite and I'm very pleased with the result. It really is a good choice in all senses of the word. 'Taghta' is widely used in Gaelic meaning something that is excellent, choice or chosen and is used to convey the idea of something that is well done."
The initiative is part of Glenmorangie's 'crowd sourcing Cask Masters whisky creation programme' which aims to get members of the public involved in the whisky-making process. It was launched in March and will run for 18 months with the new limited edition Glenmorangie whisky ready for release in the autumn of 2014.
The company says stage three of the five-step Cask Masters programme begins now; members of the public can upload pictures and ideas to an online gallery to inspire the packaging of the new limited edition Single Malt Whisky.
Cask Masters is being overseen by Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden, together with an expert in every field of the five-step process. Lumsden, Glenmorangie's director of distilling and whisky creation, said: "This name truly resonates and I don't think we could have done any better if we'd chosen it ourselves. Glenmorangie has already taken inspiration from Gaelic for the names of some of its most famous creations and we are delighted that this unique whisky has such an intriguing name," said Lumsden.
Glenmorangie has already taken inspiration from Gaelic. Its Private Edition range, has Artein meaning 'Stone' and Finealta meaning 'Elegant'.
Participants will be able to win prizes including a VIP visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery and a trip to the country of origin of the oak cask in which the winning whisky has been matured.

The whisky, which has spent a number of years extra-maturing in Manzanilla sherry casks - has already been selected by the public when three casks of whisky were put to a vote earlier this year.
The Moet Hennessy owned brnad had asked enthusiasts to choose the name of the new single malt whisky. Suggestions were whittled down to a shortlist of three, translated into Gaelic by expert Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich, and put to an online vote.
After Taghta, Coileanta ("Coh-lahn-tah", Gaelic for mastery) came second while Salainn ("Sahl-ing" Gaelic for Salt) came third. Glenmorangie itself means 'Glen of Tranquility'.
Dr MacCoinnich is a researcher in the history of the Highlands at the University of Strathclyde. He was formerly a tutor in Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow and grew up speaking Gaelic as a first language on the Isle of Lewis. Dr MacCoinnich helped Glenmorangie choose the shortlist and translated the names into Gaelic.
He said: "As predicted, it was really difficult to pick out the best three names from the thousands of entries we received from across the world. The public have now chosen their favourite and I'm very pleased with the result. It really is a good choice in all senses of the word. 'Taghta' is widely used in Gaelic meaning something that is excellent, choice or chosen and is used to convey the idea of something that is well done."
The initiative is part of Glenmorangie's 'crowd sourcing Cask Masters whisky creation programme' which aims to get members of the public involved in the whisky-making process. It was launched in March and will run for 18 months with the new limited edition Glenmorangie whisky ready for release in the autumn of 2014.
The company says stage three of the five-step Cask Masters programme begins now; members of the public can upload pictures and ideas to an online gallery to inspire the packaging of the new limited edition Single Malt Whisky.
Cask Masters is being overseen by Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden, together with an expert in every field of the five-step process. Lumsden, Glenmorangie's director of distilling and whisky creation, said: "This name truly resonates and I don't think we could have done any better if we'd chosen it ourselves. Glenmorangie has already taken inspiration from Gaelic for the names of some of its most famous creations and we are delighted that this unique whisky has such an intriguing name," said Lumsden.
Glenmorangie has already taken inspiration from Gaelic. Its Private Edition range, has Artein meaning 'Stone' and Finealta meaning 'Elegant'.
Participants will be able to win prizes including a VIP visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery and a trip to the country of origin of the oak cask in which the winning whisky has been matured.

The Glenmorangie Company has released an official statement regarding the standing down of president, Paul Skipworth.
The spokesman for the Moët Hennessy (LVMH) subsidiary said: "In full agreement with The Glenmorangie Company and with its support, Paul Skipworth has decided to take a leave of absence for personal reasons.
"Marc Hoellinger is, on an interim basis, fulfilling the role of President and Managing Director of The Glenmorangie Company until Paul's return.
"Marc was previously Glenmorangie marketing director for three years in Paul Skipworth's team before taking on the role of marketing strategy director within Moët-Hennessy."

GLENMORANGIE  DISTILLERY

Whisky was distilled here in 1738, and possible in 1703

Water: Tarlogie Springs
Mas tun: 1 x 9,5 tonnes
Wasbacks: 6 x 50,000 Litres
4 wash stills x 12.500 Litres
Output: 2.500.000 Litres

2013

Output: 6.000.000 litres

1843      William Matheson built the farm distillery Morangie
1849      Production starts in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1880                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  There is export to San Francisco and Rome
1887                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Glenmorangie is rebuilt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Glenmorangie Distillery Company is formed
1918                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 40 % of the distillery is sold to MacDonald & Muir Ltd  60 % is sold to Durham, a whisky  dealer
1931                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    Glenmorangie closes
1936                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Glenmorangie restarts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

MacDonald & Muir buys the 60 % stake in Glenmorangie from Durham
1980                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Maltings ceases                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 2 more stills added, now 4
1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Again and now 4 stills are added                                                                                                         
1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  Visitor centre opens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 1e "Finished" Glenmorangie is launched: Port Wood
1996                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Glenmorangie Plc is formed
1997                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

A museum is opened

  Glenmorangie Plc buys Ardbeg distillery for 7.000.000 pound whereof 5,500.000                                                                                                                                                                                                               

for the whisky in storage
2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Glenmorangie buys The Scotch Malt Whisky Society                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 The MacDonald family sells Glenmorangie Plc with the distilleries                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 Glenmorangie, Glen Moray and Ardbeg and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 to Moet Hennessy at  300.000.000 pound
2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 Glenmorangie Plc sells Glen Moray distillery to la Martiniquaise, France.

GLENMORANGIE

1703 and 1738                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 Whisky production took place here           
1843                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

   William Matheson is the owner of Morangie, a farm distillery
1849                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Morangie starts production
1880                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Morangie whisky is exported to Rome and San Francisco
1887                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Morangie is rebuilt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Now the company's name is Glenmorangie Distillery Company Ltd
1918                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Macdonald & Muir Ltd buys 40 % in Glenmorangie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  Durham, a whiskybroker owns 60 %
1931                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  Glenmorangie closes
1936                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Glenmorangie in production again in November
1938                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Macdonald & Muir Ltd buys the 60 % from Durham
1980                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Own malting ceases                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The two stills are doubled to four
1982                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 Glenmorangie is marketed as a single malt whisky
1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The four stills are doubled to eight
1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Visitor centre opens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The first finished Glenmorangie: Port Wood
1995                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  Glenmorangie Tain L' Hermitage finish is released
1996                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Glenmorangie Madeira finish is launched                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Glenmorangie Sherry finish is launched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Glenmorangie Plc is formed
1996                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Glenmorangie opens a museum
1997                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 Glenmorangie buys Ardbeg distillery for 7.000.000 pound
2001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Glenmorangie launches a cask strength Port Wood finish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Glenmorangie launches  the Cote de Beaune Wood finish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Glenmorangie launched a Ex - Bourbon finish for Sainsbury                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Glenmorangie launched a charred - oak finish for Sainsbury                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Glenmorangie launched a ex - Rioja finish for Sainsbury
2002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Glenmorangie launches a Sauternes finish, 20 years old                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

with a finishing of 2 ½ year in Sauternes casks
2003                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Glenmorangie launched the Burgundy finish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glenmorangie launched a cask strength in Madeira cask matured

2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 Glenmorangie buys The Scotch Malt Whisky Society                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Glenmorangie Plc is sold to Moet Hennesy for 300.000.000 pound                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

including Glen Moray and Ardbeg distilleries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Glenmorangie Artisan Cask is launched
2005                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Glenmorangie 30 years old is launched
2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Glenmorangie's range gets a complete makeover and new names                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

the 15- and 30 year old are discontinued  
2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Glenmorangie production  expanses                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Glenmorangie Astar is launched                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Glenmorangie Signet is launched
2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is launched
2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Glenmorangie Finealta is launched
2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Glenmorangie Pride is launched

2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Glenmorangie Artein is launched
2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Glenmorangie Ealanta is launched


Glenmorangie unveils crowd-sourced whisky
26 September, 2014

Glenmorangie has unveiled 'the world's first' crowd-sourced whisky Taghta.
12,000 bottles of Taghta - Scots Gaelic for The Chosen One- will be released globally exclusively to people registered as Cask Masters.
The Cask Masters programme was launched in March 2013 to invite fans to participate in all elements of developing a new whisky from the liquid to the design and packing.
During the final stage of the Cask Masters, fans were invited to suggest a location where the whisky should be unveiled. The home of Glenmorangie in the Scottish Highlands was chosen from the shortlist.
Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden, director of Distilling and Whisky Creation said: "No other whisky has ever had consumers involved in all stages of the whisky creation process and we have really enjoyed the experience.
"We are immensely proud of the final product. Taghta is a ground breaking, complex, rich whisky inspired and created with our fans for our fans and the result is an innovative blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern influences."


22 January, 2015

Glenmorangie has launched the sixth release in its Private Edition Collection, a single malt made from 'rare' Maris Otter barley.
Maris Otter barley was first commercially harvested 50 years ago, but demand and quality began to fall as producers switched to varieties with greater efficiencies.
The work of two British seed merchants re-established the grain's purity and saved Maris Otter from extinction.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's director of distilling and whisky creation, said: "When we heard the story of those determined to preserve such a flavoursome grain, their ethos - and the barley itself - seemed the perfect match for a Glenmorangie single malt.  
"I knew its deep flavour profile would provide an intriguing contrast to Glenmorangie's more delicate house style, creating a whisky to enchant connoisseurs. "
Glenmorangie's Private Editions range, first launched in 2010, has released a rare single malt whisky each year for collectors and connoisseurs.
Glenmorangie Tùsail - bottled at 46% abv - will be available for £75.99 at Glenmorangie.com, Independent specialist retailers and department stores.

Glenmorangie comes from Gaelic Mor ne Sith which is glen of tranquility

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Scotch whisky sunglasses - whatever next?

07 March, 2016


Glenmorangie claims to have introduced the world's first scotch whisky sunglasses.
The single malt whisky brand has partnered with British sunglass company Finlay & Co. to create sunglasses made from the staves of whisky casks.
Finlay is not just any old sunglass maker. The south west London company majors on hand crafted frames.
The LVMH-owned whisky brand majors on its pioneering approach to cask and wood management, led by its director of distilling and whisky creation, Dr Bill Lumsden. Hence using first fill and second fill ex-bourbon barrels, which are the essence of the flagship Glenmorangie 10 Year Old.
Apparently 1,843 pairs were made from the barrel staves. That ties in with the founding date of the distillery. They retail for a sobering £300 a pair.
Each pair will be designed to display its unique grain and natural finish, will be numbered and will have the option to be personally engraved for each customer.
Lumsden said: "This is a wonderful collaboration between two brands with a deep connection to wood and who share a similar ethos of being unnecessarily well made. Time, care and respect for the wood used in our casks."
Finlay managing director David Lochhead, said: "For this collaboration we were excited to give each cask a new step in its story. There is a real beauty to the American oak that Glenmorangie use for their casks. It's a thrill to strip this wood down and reveal the unique grain on every individual pair."



The process at Glenmorangie starts with mashing unpeated barley with water from the distillery’s Tarlogie Springs – making this one of a small number of hard water sites in Scotland. Although there is no smoke, once a year some chocolate malt is added to the mash for use in the firm’s Signet brand – another of the distillery’s many innovations.

Fermentation is long, while distillation takes place in the tallest stills in Scotland, all of which retain the same long-necked design of the original pair which were brought from John Taylor’s gin distillery in 1887. This extra height allows a long interaction to take place between alcohol vapour and copper, and while the new make is decidedly high-toned [the cut points here are quite high] there is still a little note of cereal adding a dry counterpoint.

The vast majority of Glenmorangie’s make is aged in ex-American oak casks, many of which have been made to the distillery’s exacting specifications: slow-growth American white oak from north-facing slopes in Missouri, which is then air dried. The firm’s Astar bottling uses 100% of these ‘bespoke’ casks.

The casks are only used twice, with the second-fill casks all ageing in damp ‘dunnage’ warehouses to increase oxidative-driven flavours. As the whisky matures, it picks up more lush fruits, some honey, and mint as well as notes of vanilla, crème brûlee and, in the oldest expressions, chocolate.

Some of the mature spirit is then transferred to ex-fortified wine [Port, Sherry] and still wine casks [Sauternes, Burgundy, Super Tuscan etc] for a period of finishing. Glenmorangie was one of the pioneers of this technique.  

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Westport

Situated next to the Dornoch Firth in a series of handsome red sandstone buildings, the Glenmorangie distillery started life as the local brewery for the town of Tain. In 1843, William Matheson converted it to a distillery and it remained in the family until 1887 when it was sold to the Glenmorangie Distillery Co, co-owned by the Maitland brothers and Duncan Cameron. After WWI the business was sold to a partnership between two blending and broking firms, Macdonald & Muir and Durham & Co, soon passing entirely to the former who used the whisky for blends such as Highland Queen. Although it was bottled in small quantities from the 1920s, a change of strategy in 1959 saw Glenmorangie revived as a single malt that soon became Scotland’s top selling.

This was not the first time this had happened however. Records show that at the end of the 19th century Glenmorangie was being sold in the Savoy and other top-end London hotels, as well as being exported.

Early success in the infant single malt category resulted in two more stills being added to the original pair in 1976, a number which was then doubled in 1990. In 2009, four more were added along with a larger mash tun and extra washbacks. Five years previously, French luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) had bought the firm [plus Ardbeg] for £300m. More recently, extra warehousing has been built, the result of a decision to mature and vat all the production on site.

Glenmorangie is now the third largest selling single malt in the world.

TIMELINE

1843
William Matheson converts the Morangie brewery in Tain into a distillery
1887
The distillery is purchased by the Glenmorangie Distillery Co.
1918
Macdonald & Muir and Durham & Co acquire the Glenmorangie Distillery Co
1976
Two additional two stills are installed
1990
A further four stills are fitted and the old stillhouse is converted into a reception centre and museum
1996
Glenmorangie releases two wood-finished expressions: madeira and sherry
1997
A museum also opens at the site
2004
Glenmorangie Company buys the Scotch Malt Whisky Society; the Macdonalds sell the group to LVMH
2009
Four more stills are added
GLENMORANGIE FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
6
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
52hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
9.8
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam kettles and coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Maximum 2ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various
MASH TUN TYPE i
Full Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
Negligble
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
100%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
7,400
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Very tall necks with boil pots
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
8,200
STILLS i
12 (6 wash, 6 spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
Primarily at distillery, Dunnage, Racked and Palletised
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,300
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Very tall necks with boil pots
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
13,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
48,500
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
16
WATER SOURCE i
Tarlogie Spring
WORT CLARITY i
Medium
YEAST TYPE i
Liquid culture distilling
OWNERS

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton logo
PARENT COMPANY

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
2004 - present
CURRENT OWNER

The Glenmorangie Company
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Macdonald & Muir
1918 - 2004
James Taylor
1887 - 1918
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DR BILL LUMSDEN
04 February 2016
His tenure at Glenmorangie has been marked by a ceaseless tide of innovation and experimentation; his long-term successor is already in place. But Dr Bill Lumsden hasn’t finished probing the potential and possibilities of single malt whisky just yet. Richard Woodard met him.

Bill Lumsden Glenmorangie Ardbeg
Cask master: Dr Bill Lumsden is famed for his innovations in maturing Scotch whisky
Maybe it’s the ‘Dr’ prefix. Maybe it’s the sometimes unruly mop of hair, or the scattergun, staccato way of speaking. Whatever it is, Bill Lumsden is sometimes characterised as the mad scientist of Scotch whisky, the restless experimenter, the Prof Emmett Brown of single malt.

Not that he cares. ‘I don’t worry about that at all,’ Glenmorangie's director of distilling and whisky creation tells me. ‘I think it’s quite a nice thing to be known for and I am a little bit like that. The way the company has managed me – they’ve built the job around me and my skill set and my personality – not every company would necessarily tolerate someone like me working for them.’

The idea of ‘managing’ Lumsden is an interesting one. His innate scientific rigour is undercut by a determination to follow his own path – one that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to toeing the company line, and one that led him to Glenmorangie in the first place, in 1998, after 10 years with Distillers Company Ltd, the precursor to Diageo.

‘That was a very difficult decision to make, but you know I was always somebody who didn’t necessarily like being too rule-bound and, while DCL was brilliant, you very much had to work to a regimented pattern,’ he recalls. ‘And I thought that moving to this smaller company, where I reckoned I’d pretty much be left to my own devices, would probably be an interesting move.’

Interesting indeed. That ‘smaller’ company has, since 2004, been part of the LVMH colossus, the Unilever of luxury goods, the business built by Bernard Arnault into a group that encompasses Givenchy and Christian Dior; Hennessy and Krug. That’s a large pond, in which Glenmorangie ranks as a mere minnow, but Lumsden isn’t unhappy about that.

‘This is quite an emotive answer, Richard, but in my opinion LVMH saved the Glenmorangie brand,’ he says. ‘There was no focus on the single malt brands. The former board will dispute this, but it was all about volume, and satisfying the City every year with a little bit more profit. In my view, that led to short-term thinking.

‘This is quite a damning statistic and I need to be careful what I say here, but over a 10-year period, under the previous board – a period of time I refer to as The Dark Ages – in sales terms the growth of the Glenmorangie brand was zero, absolute zero, and to me that paints a very vivid picture.

‘And in one of the early LVMH Annual Reports in our time with the company, M Arnault made a very interesting statement that, over a period where single malt Scotch whisky saw spectacular growth, “Glenmorangie chose not to take part in this”.’ Lumsden pauses to mimic thrusting a knife in below the ribs. ‘Whoosh! Get in there!’

By contrast, he ranks the past decade as ‘unquestionably’ the best and most interesting of his career: Glenmorangie has doubled its sales to 500,000 nine-litre cases; Ardbeg has hit 100,000 cases. ‘These are two quite important psychological milestones,’ he says. ‘We’re running the distilleries at pretty much flat-out capacity, so we’re investing for much more growth in the future.’

WOOD-BASED EXPERIMENTATION

More growth means more new products, more innovation. But where will this come from? After all the wood-based experimentation that epitomises Lumsden’s tenure, has the book been written on cask finishes?

‘I actually think there’s still quite a lot to be done with wood,’ he counters. ‘There’s one or two wine regions, for example, one or two wine brands that I still want to try to get hold of and try things. There’s one in particular, a very cult wine which is probably the most famous wine from that part of the world, which is the Middle East, and I’m sure you can think of what it is.’

And beyond the cask? ‘If you look at the overall blended complex of a malt whisky, you could argue that as much as 60% – sometimes even a little bit more – is contributed by the wood and possibly by the liquid that has been in the barrels previously, but of the remaining flavour profile, the yeast has to be responsible for a very large chunk of that.

‘There’s a lot that can be done there, and we’re already exploring that, and many other companies are… I don’t want to go too much into specifics, but there’s barley varieties, there’s the way in which it’s grown, the way in which it’s malted, the way in which it’s kilned, for example.

‘And even, if you go back to Islay, a lot of the old distillers will certainly have a view that the peat from the Kintour Moss has a different characteristic to other parts of the island. That’s a bit of a moot point in my mind, but there’s so many things that we haven’t really explored yet.’

Dr Bill Lumsden

Arch-innovator: Dr Bill Lumsden at the launch of Glenmorangie Milsean

For one not overly enamoured of the rule book, Lumsden isn’t entirely convinced that Scotch’s famously strict regulations are ripe for change, mentioning the ‘thin end of the wedge’ and arguing, for instance, against the use of non-oak wood for maturation – ‘I’ve tried a few of them and it was horrific.’

However: ‘I could see some areas, for example the way in which your barley is malted – there’s some scope to do some things in there; I’ve done many things there which I’m keeping up my sleeve to see what may or may not evolve.

‘I can’t help thinking that, back in the day, the distillers for their malt whisky wouldn’t just be using malted barley, dried over a peat fire, there’d be all sorts of other things used. They would be using a mixture of barley and oats, and things like that. I think that would be quite interesting.’

FEBRILE AGE

All of that said, even Lumsden acknowledges that innovation for its own sake can go too far, particularly in this febrile age of endlessly demanding marketing departments.

‘I try and keep up with the opposition,’ he says. ‘As you say, it’s not easy because there’s so many new variants, and sometimes I think: “Really? What’s the difference? I don’t really pick up anything”.’

He cites two Glenlivet travel retail bottlings from 2015. ‘One of them was the worst Glenlivet I’ve ever tried, and the other one was unquestionably the best Glenlivet I’ve ever tried… I think the one I didn’t like was the Nàdurra, and it was just a very bad bottling of it – nasty, cloying, bitter, slightly sulphury Sherry cask, which you can sometimes get, but it had been bottled.

‘And the other one was the Master Distiller’s Reserve and it had Alan Winchester’s signature. God, marvellous whisky! I just loved the complexity, the delicacy of it, it had all the key markers I look for in Glenlivet: the green apples, the slightly custardy sweetness, and it was a truly sublime whisky. It was the best new product, outwith our own stable, that I tasted last year. I keep meaning to write to Alan to tell him about it – just so good.’

Dr Bill Lumsden

Big name: Dr Bill Lumsden moved to Glenmorangie after 10 years with Distillers Company Ltd

Not that Lumsden doesn’t feel the pressure on occasion – he recounts the genesis of travel retail exclusive Glenmorangie Dornoch, the prototype recipe for which was drawn up the same day as the request came in for a ‘one-off, tactical product, a limited release’ from World Duty Free.

The result, he reckons, was ‘too good – I wish I’d kept it for one of the Private Edition releases’, and the fastest-selling single malt ever in World Duty Free. ‘That doesn’t normally happen,’ he adds ruefully. ‘On that occasion we got away with it.’

HEIR APPARENT

We’ve spent most of our conversation – over breakfast at London’s Brown’s Hotel, between the launch of Glenmorangie Milsean, the latest Private Edition, and activity for new travel retail release Glenmorangie Tayne – in the company of Brendan McCarron, officially Glenmorangie’s head of maturing stocks, but more accurately described as Lumsden’s right-hand man and heir apparent.

McCarron’s presence prompts talk of Lumsden’s legacy (although he has no plans to head for the golf course for several years yet). Surprisingly, while he goes on to talk about innovation and the likes of Signet, his first thought is of the core range, Glenmorangie Original and 18-year-old.

‘I’d like to think that I respected people’s views of these whiskies, but made them even better, put some bells and whistles on them, reinvigorated the wood management policy, so made it a better whisky to drink,’ he says.

‘If you don’t have the backbone of the core range, then you’ve no platform on which to introduce innovations. I think that’s part of the – I would say, they may not agree with me – but it’s part of the problem with Bruichladdich. They haven’t established a core range or a core expression.

‘What’s Glenlivet’s core expression? It’s the 12-year-old. What’s Glenmorangie’s? It’s Original, the 10-year-old. What’s Laphroaig’s? It’s the 10-year-old. What’s Bruichladdich’s? Haven’t a clue. Depends what day of the week it is.’

Ouch. Nonetheless, Lumsden is full of praise for the Bruichladdich belief that ‘terroir matters’ – in other words, that the area in which the whisky is made, from barley to bottle, has some indefinable effect on the way it tastes. It prompts one last thought from the great innovator before we part.

‘It’s a completely impossible dream and I don’t know how we would do it, but I’d love to try and make Glenmorangie whisky in a distillery somewhere else, just to see if we could do it,’ he says.

‘So if LVMH turned around and said: “Brendan and Bill, you’re such great guys, here’s £20m, go and build a Glenmorangie distillery at Ardbeg,” it would be interesting to see what would happen. I think what would happen is that we’d squander £20m and get fired. It would answer a lot of questions, possibly shatter a number of myths as well.

‘But we’re scientists – so we need to know the answer.’
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