Glenmorangie Speyside Whisky Distillery
The much acclaimed and world famous Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery has a long, interesting history from its formation by William Matheson with just two second hand stills in 1843 to the renowned brand of today.
Located at Tain in Ross-shire near the Tarlogie springs north of the Great Glen this whisky distillery claims to have the tallest stills in Scotland (although this is disputed by Bruichladdich).
In 1918 the distillery was sold to Macdonald and Muir who managed to maintain production through the Great Depression and Prohibition. From then on this whisky distillery went from strength to strength.
Two more stills were added in 1977 and a further four in 1990 bringing the total to eight. This coupled with the acquisition of 650 acres of land a year earlier which secured their water supply from the Tarlogie Springs ensured a winning formula for Glenmorangie.
The year 1994 was also a milestone for this distillery as this was the year that Dr Bill Lumsden became distillery manager. It was he who went on to produce the different finishes to the maturing spirit for which this distillery has become famous. Port, Sherry and Madeira being initially the first types. They have now gone on to use different varieties of woods for their casks and now own woodlands in Missouri from which casks are made from individual trees. These casks are usually first used to mature Jack Daniels before being shipped to Scotland for use at Glenmorangie.
Oak woods such as Chinkapin, Burr and Truffle are now also being used.
All production of this remarkable distillery is reserved for single malt and it says a lot about the quality that absolutely none is used for blending.
Sold to Vuitton- Moet-Hennessy in 2005 the new owners have continued to move forward with new packaging and new expressions from yet more new woods.
Although some malt whisky traditionalists have been less than pleased with all this, many awards and maintaining their place as the largest selling single malt whisky in Scotland are proof that the public like these new and exciting products.
Innovation has so far been the key to this whisky distilleries spectacular success and one hopes that this will continue to be the case. The original 10 year old with its spicy hints and warming glow is always a good place to start when sampling Glenmorangie.
Taste: Solid, Smooth, Malty and Clean. (An excellent example of the art)