On the Dornoch Firth near Tain in the North east of Scotland is the Glenmorangie distillery. The mild maritime conditions are perfect for the resting and maturing of Highland single malt whisky. The name Glenmorangie comes from the Scots Gaelic Gleann mor na sithe which means ‘valley of tranquillity’, a perfect description of the peaceful setting near Tain.
During the 1730’s a brewery was built on the site near Tarlogie Springs at Morangie farm and in 1843 William Matheson converted this brewery into a whisky distillery. These natural mineral springs are situated above the distillery in the Tarlogie hills and provide Glenmorangie with a “hard “ water quality unique amongst Highland distilleries.
William Matheson equipped the distillery with two second hand gin stills. As these are much taller than pot stills it produces a unique spirit with only the purest vapours making it to the top, giving Glenmorangie a smooth, elegant whisky. These copper stills which are over 8 meters high were so successful that another 6 copper stills exactly the same were ordered to increase production.
Today the distillery is owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH), who took over in 2004 and rebranded the entire range in 2007.
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal. Extra maturation in these port pipes develops Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban into a voluptuous spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours and an intriguing contrast of smooth and crisp, cooling textures. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)Elegant but full bodied this whisky has spent ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain. Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reminder not just of the Spanish provenance of these Oloroso sherry butts, but also a reflection of this expressions lusciously soft texture and deep, enticingly sweet aroma.
4 x 100 ml, 43.75% abv, Scotland (Highland)This Glenmorangie Taster Gift Set is a perfect way to sample the range, included is one each of Glenmorangie Original, Lasanta 12 year old, Quinta Ruban 12 year old and Nectar d'Or 12 year old. Each bottle is 100 ml.
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)"Great to see French casks that actually complement a whisky - so rare! An exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing" It is here, in hand selected wine barriques from Sauternes, the most famous and ancient sweet wine growing region of France, that this whisky develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavours. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.
700 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)The 18 year old is a single malt Scotch whisky of serious distinction. Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, they blend them back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavour.
1000 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Highland)This expression honours the annual pilgrimage made by King James IV to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain, and is part of Glenmorangie Legends – a collection of single malt whiskies, inspired by the legendary lands that have been home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843.
Initially matured in ex-Bourbon casks before being finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry and virgin oak casks.