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 germinated with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. (In the 1980s, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, the distillery purchased 600 acres of land around and including the spring, to ensure consistent water quality and adequate supply.)
After germination, the grains are mashed and fermented before being twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills. The stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a more pure flavor. Also, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky. The meticulous attention to detail during distillation ensures the impeccable quality of each of their whiskies.
Glenmorangie has long been known for its expertise in wood, and three decades ago they pioneered the art of extra-maturation, which consists of transferring spirit first matured in ex-bourbon casks, into ex-wine casks, enhancing the flavor profile with extra layers of character. Each expression in the Glenmorangie core range has a unique and nuanced flavor profile, aged in their signature, extra-maturation style. “The Pioneering Collection” is a beautiful selection of these four critically acclaimed single malt whiskies: the 10 Year Original, LaSanta 12 Year, Quinta Ruban 12 Year, and Nectar D’or 12 Year cask finishes.
Glenmorangie 10 Year Original was matured for ten years in a range of ex-bourbon and signature slow-grown, air-dried 'designer casks' from Missouri. This whisky features a balance of sweetness and complexity. This spirit is an old soul, with its soft, mellow and creamy flavors, this single malt won Gold medals at the 2016 IWSC and SFWSC.
LaSanta 12 Year is an elegant, voluptuous whisky that was matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, which is a wholehearted reflection of this expression's compelling character. This sophisticated dram won "Best Highlands Single Malt” at the 2017 WWA and a Gold medal for "Best Single Malt 12 Years Old” at the 2017 IWC.
Quinta Ruban 12 Year spent ten years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into a special selection of ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal. Extra maturation in these port pipes yields an intricate balance of sweet and dry flavors of dark mint chocolate, tangerines, spicy-nutmeg, and sandalwood. This beautiful flavor profile earned the whisky Gold medals at the 2016 IWSC, and 2017 ISC.
Nectar D’or 12 Year is a sterling example of when can be achieved with a harmonious balance between French casks and Scotch whisky. This single malt was finished in hand-selected wine barriques sourced from Sauternes, the most famous sweet wine growing region of France. Nonchill-filtered, this decadent whisky also won a Double Gold Medal at the 2017 SFWSC.
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