If you are a whisky lover then you cannot be unfamiliar with Glenmorangie whisky. Owned by the Glenmorangie Company Ltd, Glenmorangie means the ‘vale of tranquility’. This name is derived from Gaelic. The main product of the Glenmorangie Company is the Glenmorangie single malt whisky. The Glenmorangie distillery is categorized as a Highland Distillery. Highland distilleries are located around the Scottish perimeter. This area is also called the Island of Single Malts. The highlight of this distillery is its stills as they are perhaps one of the tallest stills in the whole of Scotland.
Glenmorangie whisky is one of Scotland’s favorite whiskeys. So what is it that gives this whiskey this title? To begin with they use the best from the choicest of all ingredients. In order to make sure that the quality of the water that they use is not compromised this company has bought the land surrounding the distillery. Along with that they make sure that they use the finest of barley produced in Scotland. They have a very scientific yet age old malting process which begins with forcing the barley to germinate and then be ground into a powder called grist. This makes sure that they can access the sugar produced during germination easily.
Then comes the fermenting process where the grist and hot water are mixed together to covert to sugar. Following this, yeast is added to the sugary liquid to begin fermentation and eventually turning this sugary liquid into alcohol. This spirit is then distilled by heating, condensing and then reheating to gradually separate the alcohol from the water.
Once the distillation process is complete, the spirit is left to mature in white American oak casks for a minimum period of ten years. Once the whisky has completed its ten year stint in the white oak casks it is finally ready to be labeled as the Glenmorangie Original. At this stage most of the whiskeys is bottled. However, there is some part of the spirit that is transferred back into specially selected oak casks to get an extra mature taste. As the whisky matures it is believed that 2% of the whisky contained in each barrel evaporates. The Scotts call this the ‘angles share’. This percentage equates to almost 120 million bottles of whisky that are supposedly lost around Scotland.
The makers of Glenmorangie whisky are nothing less than craftsmen who have worked with determination and dedication to maintain the exacting levels of this whisky. These are the men who are well versed with all the secrets of the distillery and are exceptionally skilled and have an amazing eye for detail.
Each Glenmorangie whisky has a special flavor and aroma. The three whiskies from their extra mature range are the Glenmorangie Quinta Rubina, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or. The whiskies featured in their private collection are Glenmorangie Astar, Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX and Glenmorangie Finealta. Their rich eighteen year old whisky is the Glenmorangie 18 year old and has a rich, full and rounded flavor. The Glenmorangie 25 year old is one of the rarest of single malts along with the Glenmorangie Signet which is made with high roasted chocolate malt.