The Glenmorangie Story
Glenmorangie is not just a worldwide brand, but also arguably the most delicious and complex single malt whisky in the world. Its multi-layered aromas and kaleidoscopic flavours stimulate the senses and entice the palate.
Glenmorangie is a distillery located in the Northern Highland of Scotland named Tain, Ross-shire. It is said that the brand name Glenmorangie comes from the Scots Gaelic Gleann mor na sithe which means ‘valley of tranquility’.
So, what makes Glenmorangie’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky to such a successful brand today and what characteristics distinguish it from other distilleries?
As purveyors of perfection in single malt whisky, Glenmorangie takes pride in going to great lengths to ensure the quality of Glenmorangie whisky; to ascertain that Glenmorangie whisky is “Unnecessarily Well Made”. Afterall, Glenmorangie has been crafting the “Unnecessarily well made” whisky for over 160 years, keeping perfection in mind.
The Glenmorangie Original – Backbone of the Glenmorangie Range
Glenmorangie’s single malt scotch whisky obtains its flavour from the wooden casks used in maturation. Glenmorangie selects the finest oak casks to mature their whisky. Many of Glenmorangie’s bespoke casks are made from white oaks grown on the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, USA.
They are grown slowly over 100 years and seasoned naturally in the open air for two years to preserve their porous texture – a quality that adds to the spirit’s intriguing depth.
Each casks are used one twice to ensure the optimal amount of flavour is extracted into the whisky.
While there are many perfectly good single malt whiskies made in shorter stills, the Glenmorangie Distillery utilizes swan-necked stills that are the tallest in Scotland.
The stills stand at the height of sixteen feet, ten and one quarter inches (5.14m) high, which is said to be as tall as a giraffe!
The giraffey stills produces the very lightest and purest vapours make it to the top and condense into spirit, contributing to Glenmorangie’s distinctive complexity and layered flavour.
Apart from the tools used to produce the perfect single malt scotch whisky, the superiority ingredients also plays a big role in producing the perfect quality of scotch whisky. Glenmorangie uses the local spring water from its own Tarlogie spring and locally grown Scottish barley, combined with the skill of the craftsmen who follow the same, time honoured approach that the company has used throughout its long history, result in a smooth spirit of distinction.
According to Dr Bill Lumsden, there are several ways to enjoy Glenmorangie:
Neat- To try our whisky neat is to experience it in its purest form, where the complexity of the flavours and aromas is at its fullest intensity.With Water-A little water will soften the alcohol, causing a change in the texture and bouquet of the whisky, and revealing further layers of aromas and complexity.
- Adding two or three large rocks of ice to your whisky will close down the top notes that were released with water accentuating instead the base flavours from the oak barrel.
Now, you too can experience and enjoy Glenmorangie’s “Unnecessarily Well Made” here in Malaysia!
I just experienced it last month end at the Glenmorangie Orange Retro Funk Night at The Pool KL, Jalan Ampang.
It was such an eventful party and I’m looking forward to their next one!
Be sure not to miss the opportunity to familiarize with all things ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ this coming month. Details as follows:
Glenmorangie’s SOUNDFORM Fluid bar
Date: 11 April to 1 May 2012
Venue: North Atrium of The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City
Whether you are a single malt aficionado, a fan of contemporary design, or just plain curious, be sure to head to The Gardens to catch the SOUNDFORM Fluid, which is a striking yet sculpturally functional illustration of Glenmorangie’s ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ concept.