Founded in 1843
Glenmorangie is located in Tain, Ross-shire in the Northern Highlands. John and William Mathesen founded Glenmorangie in 1843, which was settled on a region famous for illicit distilling for hundreds of years. Production started in 1849.

After several successful years in 1887, the Glenmorangie Distillery Company Limited was founded. In 1918, 40% of the company was sold to their rivals Macdonald and Muir, and 60% was sold to Durham. In 1931, the distillery closed for five years due to financial pressure and Prohibition.

In 1936, production resumed immediately. In 1980 and 1990, the number of stills were doubled to reach a total of 8 stills. In 2004, the Macdonald family sold all of its distilleries and  Moët Hennessey triumphed.

Moët Hennessey scaled up the production, and the Whisky range, bringing the distillery to its greatest point. Rothes Burn feeds the distillery's water demand.

They produced their maltings through Tamdhu Maltings. The distillery has 20 washbacks. 8 of them are stainless steel and the other 12 are made from Oregon pine. 5 wash stills and 5 spirit stills are operational in Glenrothes. Mainly Sherry and some Bourbon casks are used for aging.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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What does Glenmorangie taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Glenmorangie Scotch. It's based on all Glenmorangie drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Glenmorangie before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Glenmorangie Distillery Tain Ross-shire IV19 1PZ United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1862 892477
  • Website
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All of the stills that were added later in expansions, are replicas of those that were built in 1887.

The Glenmorangie Distillery used to be a brewery.
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
Video from Glenmorangie
Video transcription
Before we begin, I think we should warn you that this is isn't really a story about Whisky. It's a story about wood, a story that sees us scour the world in search for the perfect casks for a maturing our Whiskies. First stop, the US of A. Aye, it is rather a long way to go for a bit of oak but when you find out that two-thirds of the flavor comes from the cask, you understand why we go to all that trouble.

Now once these casks finally arrive in team no doubt happy to have been released from their brief four-year stint carrying and being seasoned by Bourbon, not Tennessee Whisky, we fill them without our own spirit before locking them away for at least 10 years where, in the dark solitude, the wood works its magic on our host style Glenmorangie original.

But that is not the end of the story for there is far more to the art of maturing and the creation of our flagship Whisky. You see, although most of our extra matured Whiskies begin life as the original, each one has been finished for a further of two years in a specially selected cask. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban extra matured in port casks from Portugal, Glenmorangie Nectar D'or in Sauternes from France, and Glenmorangie Lasanta in Oloroso casks from Spain each borrowing subtleties of flavor from the cask's previous resident.

It's a process our Whisky creation team practically invented over 20 years ago traveling all over the world searching, testing, experimenting and only in a handful of cases accepting casks that formerly carried Château Margaux, Claret, Burgundy, and many more we can't tell you about just now. But whilst each individual Whisky may be a unique expression of the marriage between art and science, wood and Whisky, they all demonstrate the restless pursuit of perfection that has seen us become Scotland's favorite.

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Flaviar Times

Scotch from Glenmorangie