Glenmorangie

  • Pronunciation: glen-MORE-an-jee (Rhymes with Orangie)
  • Meaning: Valley of tranquillity
  • Founded: 1843
  • Region: Highland
  • Status: Operational
  • Owner: LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy)
  • Production Capacity: 6,000,000 litres a year

Originally the site was home to a farm and a brewery. The Morangie brewery was converted to a distillery in 1843 and the “Glen” was added later. In the 1930's the economic climate and American prohibition caused the distillery to be mothballed from 1931 until 1936. Production resumed briefly, however, there followed another mothballed period, as fuel and barley were in high demand for the war effort.As a result, production ceased again from 1941 until 1944.

There has been comfortable growth and expansion since the war.

Until recently, it could be said that Glenmorangie had been the highest selling single malt in Scotland.

The original 10 year old is a classic and they have developed their range as pioneers of wood finishings. Glenmorangie now offer the Nectar Dor (Sauternes finish), Quinta Ruban (port finish), Le Santa (Sherry Finish).These releases are the replacements for the original widely available finishes, which were bottled as the Glenmorangie Burgundy, Sherry Wood, Port Wood and Maderia finishes.

The more premium products are currently the Very Rare 18 year old, The quarter Century 25 year old and the Signet.

Historically, there are older vintage releases of Glenmorangie, quite rare but very popular with collectors. A 1977 vintage, a 1979 vintage and a 25 year Malaga wood all receive large interest at auction, not to mention the highly acclaimed Oloroso matured 30 year old, a 4548 bottle release in Oloroso sherry and also a 2597 bottle release that was finished in Malaga wood.

For the distilleries 150th anniversary there were two limited releases; a commemorative 10 year old and a 21 year old, stoneware flagon bottling. Not to mention various other bottlings, such as the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, 1971 only 2500 bottles released, the Glenmorangie Grand Slam Dram (10 year old), 1993 Mount Everest, to name but a few.
Additionally there are various staff only bottlings, such as the Last Christmas in Leith (250 bottles) and a bottle for the take over of Glenmorangie PLC by LVMH.

CURRENT AUCTION ends Monday 6th March, from 7pm (GMT).

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