Glenmorangie DistilleryGlenmorangie Distillery

Founded in 1843
Glenmorangie is located in Tain, Ross-shire in the Northern Highlands. William Mathesen founded Glenmorangie in 1843, years after working in a nearby distillery. He leased Morangie Farm on the shores of Dornach Firth to build it. The distillery is situated in Tain, one of the oldest “Royal” burghs in Scotland, dating back to 1066, in the region of Easter Ross. Production started in 1849.

In 1918, 40% of the company was sold to their rivals Macdonald and Muir, and 60% to Durham. In 1996 Glenmorangie moved from its original location in Leith (port of Edinburgh) to a larger facility in Broxburn, West Lothian.

The following year they acquired the Ardbeg Distillery on the island of Islay, and in 2009 they upgraded to a new state-of-the-art Production Facility and Offices in Livingston, West Lothian as well as a new Head Office in central Edinburgh.

In 2005, the Macdonald family sold all of its distilleries to Moët Hennessey who vamped up the production and the Whisky range.

They produced their maltings through Tamdhu Maltings. The distillery has 20 washbacks. Eight of which are stainless steel. The remaining 12 are made from Oregon pine. Five total wash stills and five spirit stills are operational in Glenrothes. Mainly Sherry and Bourbon casks are used for aging.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
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  • Type
    Single malt
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  • 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.
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To be truly innovative, you need to be willing to take risks in search of the unknown. I’m always looking for new flavors, unexpected textures and aromas.

The Whisky creation process is about navigating uncharted waters, you always have to be ready for surprises. Unexpected turns can risk steering you off course. There’s constantly an element of the unknown. But experience, inquisitiveness, being open-minded, it all helps guide me towards the destination.

Glenmorangie Tayne, named after the ancient waterway where the Glenmorangie distillery has proudly stood for over 170 years, is a Whisky quite special to me. As a Wine and Sherry lover, Amontillado has always been my favourite style of Sherry. So I’ve taken a parcel of classic Glenmorangie, matured in ex-Bourbon barrels, and finished this in Amontillado casks, one of my own personal Spanish treasures, for a layer of deep, sweet nuttiness.

In terms of the color, it’s a lovely, light mahogany, beautifully reminiscent of the oak casks that the Amontillado Sherry has slumbered in. The first thing you’ll notice on the aroma is there are some classic Sherry markers in there. But this has a rather unusual, fragrant top note to it that makes me think of rose petals or maybe even roasting chestnuts. When you take a sip, you get this lovely, oily mouth feel, and this leads into very, very rich sweet flavors. Toffee, muscovado sugar, some lovely ripe tropical fruit like peaches or mangos. Then a little bit of classic Glenmorangie citrus in the background, and then there’s this lovely long, gentle nuttiness. And it makes me think again of Brazil nuts embedded in toffee.

The Glenmorangie distillery has been an important part of this landscape since 1843. The creation of Glenmorangie Tayne is but a small tribute to all of those who have navigated these uncharted waters for hundreds of years and, like us, continue to find inspiration in search of the unknown.

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