Glenmorangie

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.

Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Madeira Wood Finish 43.00% 100cl £180.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 1993 13 Year Old '125.1' SMWS 51.20% 70cl £350.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 15 Year Old Rare Malt 43.00% 70cl
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Glenmorangie 1971 '150th Anniversary' Limited Bottling 43.00% 70cl
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Glenmorangie 1993 13 Year Old '125.4' SMWS 55.90% 70cl £350.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 1995 11 Year Old '125.6' SMWS 57.40% 70cl £300.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 1995 11 Year Old '125.5' SMWS 54.90% 70cl £300.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish 43.00% 70cl £180.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Rare Malt 43.00% 70cl £200.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 1995 'Artisan Cask' 46.00% 50cl £150.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 1981 21 Year Old Sauternes Wood Finish 46.00% 70cl
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Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Côte de Beaune Wood Finish 46.00% 70cl
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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 40.00% 70cl £150.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 12 Year Old 'Millennium Malt' 40.00% 70cl £180.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie Limited Edition Claret Wood Finish 43.00% 70cl
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Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish 43.00% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish 43.00% 70cl £280.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 'Single Highland Malt' 43.00% 100cl £150.00 GBP
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Glenmorangie 25 Year Old Malaga Finish 43.00% 75cl
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Glenmorangie Special Reserve 43.00% 70cl £190.00 GBP
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