Address : Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1PZ
Telephone No : 01862 892477
Web Site : www.Glenmorangie.com
Visitors Centre : Yes
The Glenmorangie Distillery was licensed in 1843, ( although the earliest documented reference to distillation on this site was in 1703, in the 'Tain and Balnagown Documents), and has been producing its famous malt here since that date on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Though the distillery buildings has seen many changes over the years, Glenmorangie is still handcrafted to this day by the Sixteen Men of Tain using tried and tested methods that have been passed down from generation to generation.
When the distillery first opened rather than buy brand new stills, the Distillery manager found second-hand swan necked stills that had been used in a gin distillery. These, he decided, would do just fine. This is why the stills have narrow, arching swan necks. They are exactly 5.14 metres tall, the tallest stills in Scotland.
In the 1990s additional stills were added to the still house to keep up with worldwide demand for Glenmorangie Single Malt. Then, in 2002, the distillery introduced two more fermentation vessels (washbacks) as demand continued to increase.Although they make more malt whisky than they used to, 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.
Here is a video of myself tasting Glenmorangie at "The Pot Still" in Glasgow and a selection of whiskies produced at the Glenmorangie Distillery:
Glenmorangie 10 Y/O 40%
It has been called ‘the perfect ten’ and most Glenmorangie drinkers will readily drink to that! After 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks, the Glenmorangie spirit has had enough time to mature and mellow into a beautifully balanced yet marvellously complex malt whisky.l
Colour: Pale golden brown.
Aroma: Light and delicate, floral with traces of citrus and vanilla, with a light smokiness, too.
Taste: Beautifully balanced, with honeyed nuts coming through.
Aftertaste: Clean and salving, short.
GLENMORANGIE SONNALTA 46% ABV
Nose: The first impression is of dark chocolate coated sun-dried raisins, smothered in treacle with a sprinkling of demerara sugar. Further aromas emerge as a delicious and heady mix of hot chocolate and rich aromatic coffee, with a spoonful of honey and a bowlful of toasted almonds. Burnt caramel, liquorice root and vanilla are discovered within the coffee/chocolate mix. The addition of water releases a symphony of luscious fruity, sweet and warming aromatics: the scent of red cherries emerges from a rich fruitcake, alongside syrupy prunes, sun-burnt raisins and sweet flowering currants.
Taste: Full-flavoured and mouth-filling, the mouthfeel is an amazing balance of luscious syrupy, chewy and toasty mouth-warming effects.The initial sip begins sweet and fruity with the flavour of tangy cake mix and orange peel. This progresses into a thick and syrupy middle revealing honey and syrup pudding. Then, prunes and plump raisins meld with treacle and toasted almonds. Liquorice root and walnut oil bring an unctuous depth and length.
Finish: Long and rich to the end with treacle toffee, sun-dried raisins and syrupy prunes.
Glenmorangie Lasanta 46% ABV
Glenmorangie Lasanta is an elegant and full-bodied single malt whisky that has been extra matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks after a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon casks. Its luscious, soft mouth filling texture, and its deep, enticing, sweet aroma appeals to luxury spirit drinkers who like to experiment, and whose confident choices, warmth and passion inspire the mood of the group. Non chill-filtered
Taste: The full, sweet flavour typical of Spanish sherry with sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butter toffee.
Finish: Satisfyingly long with spiced orange and chocolate enrobed hazelnuts
Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Y/O 43% ABV
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Glenmorangie 25 Years Old is an extremely rare and delectable single malt of notable age and intense, full-bodied flavor. A voluptuous, mouth-watering single malt whisky for the luxury spirits drinker.
Bursting with depth of flavor, dried fruits, blackberries, plums and dates are married with chocolate, coffee and cinnamon spice as this mouth-watering, full=flavored, rich and complex expression engages and entices the senses.
A big thank you to the distilleries own web site, www.Glenmorangie.com for most of the information and images on this page.