Saturday, 14 April 2012

Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie Distillery
Ross-shire IV 19 I PZ

After our visit to Balblair we stopped at Glenmorangie, the distillery with the tallest stills in Scotland. Their long copper necks stand at 5.14 metres, the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe. When walking into the stillhouse it is very impressive I can tell you that! Like a cathedral of shiny copper stills...

  Due to these long necks only the very lightest and purest vapours make it to the top, giving a smoother, more elegant whisky. After our nice tour around the place and warehouses we had a little tasting. Before visiting Glenmorangie I did not had the chance to taste much of their expressions to be honest. But I was impressed with the beautiful expressions, and at home I tasted more and must say a favorite for sure! It's a keeper!

At Glenmorangie they told us about that they use the casks only twice, whilst others maybe use them five or six times. Because they use this they ensure that the maximum amount of flavour is always extracted and that it makes for a smoother and rounder taste. The last 20 years they have been experimenting with extra maturations with special casks, such as Port Pipes, Sherry Butts or Sauternes Casks. With this they add additional, deeper layers of flavours to the original spirit.


Our tour guide explained that they will not use chill filtration on all the whisky's. Only the standard expressions, not the extra-matured range. There will not chill filter it so all the added taste and texture is maintained. Near the distillery are The Tarlogie Springs, Glenmorangie's own water source. 

Very impressive and beautiful location, could have walked around here for hours. Beautiful visitor centre with a informative film before the tour. Surely something to come back to and have an other look around...

Expressions at the moment are:

- The Original
- Signet
- 18 years old
- 25 years old

Extra Matured
- Quinta Ruban
- Lasanta
- Nectar D'Or

Private Edition
- Finealta
- Artein
- Ealanta

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