In the year 297AD, the Romans discovered a proud and free race ruling in the North-East of Scotland. The Romans called them Picts - the painted people - because they decorated their bodies with inks and pigments. On their skins they depicted the sweeping lines of the landscape, the colours of the heavens and nature's Aurora Borealis: a dazzling display of red, green and violet that arcs and flickers in the night sky.
These people cultivated the very same golden fields that surround Glenmorangie’s Highland home, fields where today they harvest the barley that becomes the malt. It was here, in an open glade that borders the sea, that the Picts carved their story into the Cadboll Stone. An ancient treasure that, with its intricate, highly skilled carvings, has become the inspiration for the Glenmorangie signet.
The Tarlogie Springs, Glenmorangie's own water source and most prized asset, is the product of rain that has been forcing its way through layers of limestone and sandstone for a hundred years. These natural minerals give it its 'hard' water qualities and provide Glenmorangie with a raw ingredient unique amongst Highland distilleries.
By buying up all the land surrounding the distillery Glenmorangie have guaranteed that the quality of the mineral rich water will never be compromised.
Founded in 1843, Glenmorangie has been distilled under the stewardship of two families and now Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy - for over 160 years.
Thanks to the unconventional founder William Matheson, at 5.14 metres (16ft 10 1/4 inches) the stills are the tallest in Scotland. Not to mention the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe! Which means that only the very lightest and purest vapours make it to the top of their long copper necks, giving a smoother, purer and more elegant whisky.
At Glenmorangie they select the finest oak casks in which to mature ther whisky. But that's not all, because each one is then only used each one twice (whilst many others use their up to five or six times), ensuring that the maximum amount of flavour is always extracted during maturation, delivering a rounder, smoother taste.
Glenmorangie 10 year old single malt whisky
The original expression of Glenmorangie’s elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland's tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.
It is here, maturing for ten long years in a range of ex-bourbon casks such as our famous slow-grown and air-dried 'designer casks' from Missouri, that the raw spirit develops a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. Resulting in a mature spirit that is soft, mellow and creamy. Perfect for enjoying at any time.
The scent of citrus and ripening peaches is softened by the aroma of vanilla.
First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.
About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.
Pale lemony gold