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Glenmorangie

The Glenmorangie distillery was established in 1843, on the Durnoch Firth by brothers William and John Mathesen. The site originally held a farm distillery under the name Morangie. There is evidence that distillation was carried out at this site during the early 18th century. Production began in November of 1849. During the latter part of the 19th century Glenmorangie began overseas exportation and destinations included Europe and the United States.

Such was the dependence on foreign trade that the distillery closed in 1931 following the enactment of US Prohibition and the Great Depression. The distillery remained closed until November of 1936. Macdonald and Muir Ltd, who purchased the company over the early part of the 19th century, put Glenmorangie Plc up for sale. Glenmorangie Plc included the distilleries Ardbeg, Glen Moray and Glenmorangie and, after frenzied bidding, the group was acquired by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey for £300 million.

To some extent, Glenmorangie were pioneers in the field of wood finishes. Delectable examples include the Sauternes-finished Nectar D'Or and the Côte De Beaune-finished twelve year-old. 2008 saw a rather unusual release; Glenmorangie's Signet. Signet is a single malt whisky distilled from chocolate malt and has a delightful flavour. The range is large and features a number of finished whiskies as well as the more traditional core expressions.

Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery

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About Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01862 892477

Distillery Founded

1843

Distillery Capacity

4 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Tain, Ross-Shire

Distillery Owner

The Glenmorangie Co

Distillery Website

www.glenmorangie.com

1843

William Mathesen, formerly part-owner of Balblair Distillery, and brother John apply for a license for a farm distillery called Morangie, which is rebuilt by them. Production took place here in 1738, and possibly since 1703.

1849

Production starts in November.

1880

Exports to foreign destinations such as Rome and San Francisco commence.

1887

The distillery is rebuilt and Glenmorangie Distillery Company Ltd is formed.

1918

40% of the distillery is sold to GDCL´s largest customer, Macdonald & Muir Ltd and 60 % to the whisky dealer Durham. Macdonald & Muir takes over Durham’s share by the late thirties.

1931

The distillery closes due to the depression and prohibition in the US.

1936

Production restarts in November.

1980

Number of stills increases from two to four and own maltings ceases.

1990

The number of stills is doubled to eight.

1994

A visitor centre opens. September sees the launch of Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish which marks the start of a number of different wood finishes.

1995

Glenmorangie´s Tain l´Hermitage (Rhone wine) is launched

1996

Two different wood finishes are launched, Madeira and Sherry. Glenmorangie plc is formed.

1997

A museum opens.

2001

A limited edition of a cask strength port wood finish is released in July, Cote de Beaune Wood Finish is launched in September and Three Cask (ex-Bourbon, charred oak and ex-Rioja) is launched in October for Sainsbury’s.

2002

A Sauternes finish, a 20 year Glenmorangie with two and a half years in Sauternes casks, is launched.

2003

Burgundy Wood Finish is launched in July and a limited edition of cask strength Madeira-matured (i. e. not just finished) in August.

2004

Glenmorangie buys the Scotch Malt Whisky Society which has 27,000 members worldwide. The Macdonald family decides to sell Glenmorangie plc (including the distilleries Glenmorangie, Glen Moray and Ardbeg). Bidding is frantic and the buyer is Moët Hennessy (owned by Diageo and LVMH) at

2005

A 30 year old is launched.

2007

The entire range gets a complete makeover with 15 and 30 year olds being discontinued and the rest are given new names as well as new packaging.

2008

An expansion of production capacity is started. Astar and Signet are launched.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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A very relaxed port wood finished Glenmorangie. This is an earlier bottling than the distillery's current port wood finished expression, Quinta Ruban, and it's really quite different.  More info
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Launched in 2013, Glenmorangie Ealanta is an astonishing single malt which comes from the distillery's superb range of wood experiments. In this case, however, the whisky was fully matured in...  More info
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A 12 year old from Glenmorangie which was aged for 10 years in American oak before being finished Premier Cru wine casks for 2 years.  More info
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A beautifully packaged Glenmorangie. This was made with the single malt distilled using barley from the original floor maltings at Glenmorangie, which have since been closed. A limited edition of...  More info
The classic Original from Glenmorangie. This is the core 10 year old bottling, and it even comes with a pair of crystal tumblers.  More info
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A 1987 vintage from the Glenmorangie distillery, finished in wine casks from the Premier Cru Chateau Margaux.  More info
Glenmorangie Astar
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Aged in Glenmorangie's specially made from using wood from the Ozark mountains in Missouri, named Astar from the Gaelic for journey. Creamy and tropical.  More info
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Part of a limited release of just 4,548 bottles, a 30 year old Glenmorangie single malt aged in sherry wood before bottling in 2004.  More info
Distilled in 1975, this is a legendary and highly collectible wine-finished single malt from Glenmorangie. It was finished in top-quality wine casks which previously held maturing Côtes du Rhône wine...  More info
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Distilled in 1987, this is a delicious and very rare single cask Glenmorangie. It was bottled by hand in 2004 and was specially produced as thanks to all those who contributed to the successful sale...  More info
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Glenmorangie 1977
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A limited edition from the Highland distillery, Glenmorangie. This official bottling was distilled in 1977 and aged for 26 years.  More info
With the move of more recent Glenmorangie bottlings to a 'no age statement' Original, the ten year old will rapidly become a collector's piece.  More info
With the move of more recent Glenmorangie bottlings to a 'no age statement' Original, the ten year old will rapidly become a collector's piece. This set comes with a high quality pair of cufflinks.  More info
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A rarer 12 year old Glenmorangie, finished in a dark rum cask. This was released before the range of LVMH Glenmorangie malts, thus the old-fashioned packaging…  More info
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An old edition of Glenmorangie 18 Year Old, from before the LVMH takeover and Christian Dior-esque packaging. Jim Murray describes this as "a rich, mouth-filling dram".  More info
A special and hard to find 18 year old from the Highland distillery Glenmorangie. The 18 year old has become a true classic single malt.  More info
Sonnalta PX is the newest addition to the Glenmorangie Private Collection, following on from the fantastic Astar. This was named PX for its sherry finish in sweet Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks...  More info
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An ultra rare bottle of Glenmorangie Original. This was bottled in 2004, and signed by the Sixteen Men of Tain - the men responsible for creating Glenmorangie's fabulous whisky. This is highly...  More info
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Presentation set comprising a full-sized bottle of Glenmorangie originaland two tasting glasses. Very, very nice presentation.  More info
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A woefully discontinued whisky from Glenmorangie, this 15 year old was described as top critic Serge Valentin as being "very, very good". It really is you know!  More info
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A very exciting ultra-rare Glenmorangie. This was distilled in 1992, and aged for 10 years in a first fill bourbon barrel before bottling at cask strength in 2002. This is a single cask (cask 1285)...  More info
Glenmorangie Speakeasy
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There was once a time when you could bottle your own whisky straight from the cask at the Glenmorangie distillery, at the distillery's "Speakeasy". This was bottled from a cask filled in 1990 and...  More info
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A superb and very rare limited edition Glenmorangie. This was distilled in 1993 and it was aged like a normal Glenmorangie, before being given an extra special finish in casks made from truffle oak...  More info
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