About Glenmorangie Pride 1981 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
In October 1981, Glenmorangie, a world-renowned distillery located in the Highlands region of Scotland, distilled and laid down for maturation a single malt whisky in its finest first-fill bourbon casks. At the time, the intent was to create an exquisite 18-year-old Scotch. In 1999, however, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Master of Whisky Creation, sampled the whisky and noticed how well it had aged.
The same year, Lumsden — who holds a PhD in Biochemistry (he wrote his thesis paper on yeast physiology) and is the only person in the world to have been honored with Malt Advocate's
"Industry Leader of the Year Award"three times — acquired a select number of Sauternes casks from the fabled vineyards of Chateau d'Yquem. Château d'Yquem Sauternes are celebrated for their complexity and sweetness, and Château d'Yquem is the only wine from the Sauternes region to be awarded the Premier Cru Supérieur
Rather than bottle the whisky in 1999, Lumsden decided to age the whisky in the Sauternes barriques
he had acquired. During this finishing process, he sampled the whisky every three months in order to determine when it had reached its peak of maturation. After a decade slumber in the Sauternes casks, Lumsden deemed the whisky ready for bottling.
Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is encased in a Baccarat Crystal decanter designed by Laurence Brabant and an oak gift case designed by Wouter Scheublin. "With a total of 28 years under its belt, this is the oldest whisky currently available from Glenmorangie," says John Hansell, the editor of Whisky Advocate
. Glenmorangie Pride 1981 earned the "Highland Single Malt of the Year" award from Whisky Advocate
on January 30th, 2013.
Only 1,000 bottles of this whisky have ever been made, and only a handful were allocated to the United States. Pick up this rare treasure today!
In 1738, a brewery was built upon Morangie Farm in the Highlands region of Scotland. A century later, William Matheson acquired the farm and equipped the Morangie brewery with two stills that he purchased second-hand, and renamed the brewery-converted-distillery Glenmorangie.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using malted barley, which is mashed and fermented with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground being filtered through layers of limestone before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. In the 1980s, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, Glenmorangie purchased 600 acres of land around and including the spring in order to ensure consistent water quality and adequate supply.
After the barley has been fermented, the wash is twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills by a team of 16 distillers known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. Glenmorangie's stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a more pure flavor. In addition, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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