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Glenmorangie

This is another Scotch giant, although you wouldn't know it. Only from the train can the metropolis of warehouses be appreciated.

This is another Scotch giant, although you wouldn't know it. Only from the train can the metropolis of warehouses be appreciated.

Tain, Ross-shire, IV19 1BR, 01862 892477. The Glenmorangie Co. (Moet Hennessy). www.glenmorangie.com

APPEARANCE AND LOCATION:      *****      If you ignore the brutal A9 behind, this is a flawless distillery location, and I saw it on a very good day. On the Dornoch Firth, facing the rugged north eastern coast, Glenmorangie is very picturesque distillery.

TOURS PROVIDED:

‘Standard Tour’: £2.50. See ‘My Tour’ below.

DISTILLERY-EXCLUSIVE BOTTLINGS:      A fortuitous find following a re-shuffle of certain corners of the premises uncovered a single cask release in the old-style bottle: a minimum of 10-years-old, £50. They also have limited numbers left of a 15yo Sauternes-matured Glenmorangie which is priced at £65. A new release for the distillery is expected for February/March: a single cask 1385. Watch this space.

My Tour – 30/04/2010

THE RUNNING COMMENTARY:     **

THE PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT:     **

Notes:      This is another distillery which has undergone recent expansion. It does lose, with its modern interiors, something of the feel of a truly working distillery – everything is too clean! A fine tour, however, with all stages of the process clear and interactive.

Everything is very cool and damp in here. It would have been nice to have gone into one a little closer to the sea, because this is a coastal distillery.

Everything is very cool and damp in here. It would have been nice to have gone into one a little closer to the sea, because this is a coastal distillery.

GENEROSITY:      ** (The tour only states that one dram is on offer, but I was kindly given two (Sonnalta PX and Signet) when I said that I had tasted all of the standard range. From the looks of things, most other people were poured more than a nip of the Original. Good on you, Glenmorangie!)

VALUE FOR MONEY:      **

SCORE:      8/10 *s

COMMENTS:      I had a personal tour, as it happened. On the way to the mill room who should I bump into but my Czech friends! They had enjoyed their experience at Glenmorangie and were glad of the opportunity to compare. They actually came to see The Dalmore’s characteristically claustrophobic buildings as a good thing: they warmed to the family-run, traditional feel. They weren’t so keen on the very modern facade of Glenmorangie: “too much metal.” I wrote down some recommendations for when they are next in Scotland, because they were keen to return. I really enjoyed the tour. I did find some of the revamped areas a little… sanitised. It did have the feel of a factory about it, unfortunately: the stillroom is sheer beauty, though. In the warehouses there are good displays explaining the finishing process in the core range, with a Port Pipe, a Sherry butt and a Sauternes barrique for visual aids. There are only 2 degrees centigrade of difference in the warehouses between summer and winter making for relaxed maturation. Obviously this is broadly the same in all distillery dunnage warehouses, but this was the first time I’d been given the actual climatic figures. As I mentioned above, I was deeply grateful for my tastes of the Sonnalta (I have a positive memory of Pedro Ximenez casks when associated with whisky maturation thanks to the Auchentoshan 3Wood) and the Signet was very unique. I’d been given a jar of toasted malt to smell in the mill room and the fragrance was wonderfully rich with coffee and chocolate. This came across in the whisky which was velvety smooth to boot. A good day’s whisky touring which spurred me on for the last 20 miles.

You could hardly wish for a more scenic, yet accessible, distillery location. The A9 thunders past the front door.

You could hardly wish for a more scenic, yet accessible, distillery location. The A9 thunders past the front door.

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May 9, 2010 um 5:07 pm
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