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.
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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.