1843, Glenmorangie distillery has been producing its famous
malt here on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Though the
complex of buildings has seen many changes over the years,
Glenmorangie is still handcrafted to this day by the Sixteen
Men of Tain using tried and tested methods that have been
passed down from generation to generation.
The earliest documented reference to distillation on this
site was in 1703, in the 'Tain and Balnagown Documents',
and in the 1730s a brewery was established on the site.
Tain's first legal distillery was established by David Sutherland
in the early 1820s on a site at the west end of the town.
On the 23rd June, 1826, the Inverness Journal advertised
his property for sale, describing it as 'small but commodious'.
Unfortunately for Sutherland, he failed to find a buyer,
and although he was re-licensed for 1827, it appears he
went out of business soon after.
The Glenmorangie Distillery was licensed in 1843, and rather
than buy brand new stills, the Distillery manager found
second-hand swan necked stills that had been used in a gin
distillery. These, he decided, would do just fine. This
is why our stills have narrow, arching swan necks individually
hand beaten into shape by skilled coppersmiths. They are
exactly 5.14 metres tall (or for traditionalists, 16 feet
10¼ inches): the tallest stills in Scotland.
The year 1887 saw the final establishment of the Distillery
as a limited company by the Maitland brothers, who ran the
architects' practice in Tain. Their partner was Duncan Cameron,
the manager of the Commercial Bank. Soon, Glenmorangie was
exported all over the world; mainly to expatriate Ross-shire
folk in the Colonies, but also to fine hotels and businesses
in Europe and the United States. One prestigious customer
was the Savoy Hotel in London!
In 1915, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were billeted
at the Distillery, with the maltbarns converted into makeshift
barracks for the duration of the summer. This arrangement
continued each summer for the remainder of the Great War.
The barns were ideal for barracks, having plenty of free
floor space and, of course, the Tarlogie Springs providing
an ample supply of water.
Before the Great War ended Glenmorangie had passed out
of local ownership, and was bought over by its largest single
customer, the Leith based company Macdonald and Muir. By
the beginning of the 1920s, the rigours of wartime production
had passed and the Distillery was running again with its
full complement of Sixteen Men.
Securing a water supply had always been a problem at the
Distillery: the Tarlogie Springs belonged to the local Laird,
who leased the right to draw water from the springs to the
Distillery company. However, the land surrounding the spring
could be used by the Laird for any purpose - a situation
which could have jeopardised the quality or quantity of
the water. In the 1980s, there was a threat of building
development near the springs, so Macdonald and Muir made
sure that the water would be safe by buying 650 acres of
the land surrounding the Tarlogie Springs.
In the 1990s additional stills were added to the still house
to keep up with worldwide demand for Glenmorangie Single
Malt. Then, in 2002, we introduced two more fermentation
vessels (washbacks) as demand continued to increase.
Although we make more malt whisky than we used to, the
Distillery continues to maintain the tradition of only employing
Sixteen Men, who work around the clock, all year round,
only stopping each year for Christmas
and essential maintenance. By only ever employing Sixteen
Men we ensure that our distillery remains one of the most
traditional in the Highlands.
Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Whisky is famous for its
complexity and few whiskies can boast such a range of subtle
notes and flavours.
Courtesy of Glenmorangie
Nose: The first impression
is of dark chocolate coated sun-dried raisins, smothered
in treacle with a sprinkling of demerara sugar. Further
aromas emerge as a delicious and heady mix of hot
chocolate and rich aromatic coffee, with a spoonful
of honey and a bowlful of toasted almonds. Burnt caramel,
liquorice root and vanilla are discovered within the
The addition of water releases a symphony of luscious
fruity, sweet and warming aromatics: the scent of
red cherries emerges from a rich fruitcake, alongside
syrupy prunes, sun-burnt raisins and sweet flowering
currants. Beneath the deep dried fruits, syrupy
honey, Seville orange marmalade and figs bring a
dessert-like sweetness. Hints of cocoa, toast and
leather brings a simmering warmth.
and mouth-filling, the mouthfeel is an amazing balance
of luscious syrupy, chewy and toasty mouth-warming
The initial sip begins sweet and fruity with the
flavour of tangy cake mix and orange peel. This
progresses into a thick and syrupy middle revealing
honey and syrup pudding. Then, prunes and plump
raisins meld with treacle and toasted almonds. Liquorice
root and walnut oil bring an unctuous depth and
Finish: Long and
rich to the end with treacle toffee, sun-dried raisins
and syrupy prunes.
ABV: 46% & Non
Deepest sunset gold
Tasting Notes Courtesy of
Aroma: The gentle
aroma of lemon blossom melds with warm, clear honey.
A waft of soft pine resin, released by the heat of
the sun, carries the tang of sea-salt beyond. Glenmorangie
ASTAR lives up to its name. Meaning ‘journey’
in Gaelic, the initial destination is the rustic charms
of Provence on the Mediterranean coast, with its fields
of roses and wild mint. Next, Provence meets the sophistication
of the Cote D’Azur. Here we discover the crisp
and creamy juxtapostion of burnt sugar-topped crème
brulee with the snap of toasted almonds enrobed in
vanilla milk chocolate. The aromatic complexity of
cinnamon and aniseed are a reminder of the influence
of Africa, almost visible on the horizon, just across
Travel further by adding water, to the tropics
– where the cool creaminess of pina colada
melts into soft poached peaches and pears, served
with vanilla ice cream. Overlaying this is the signature
scent of the Spice Islands – cinnamon, nutmeg,
ginger – all dripping with golden syrup.
Taste: The sweetness
and warmth of honey drizzled over the tongue, with
the crispy-creamy texture and flavour of crème
brulee feels light and almost foam-like on the tongue.
A fresh, fruity burst of pineapple is softened by
apricots and poached pears smothered in crème
anglaise. The richness of buttery fudge emerges,
with the dense, oily flavour of hazelnuts. Spices
warm the tongue – cinnamon and nutmeg –
balanced by the lemony sweetness of a crisp nectarine.
Then, like an intake of fresh mountain air, the
palate is cooled by fresh mint.
Finish: A lingering
honeyed sweetness, with the impression of sugar-sprinkled
almond biscuits, creamy coconut ice and the faintest
trace of aniseed.
ABV: 57.1% non chill-filtered. Colour:
These Taste Notes were crafted
by Anna-Marie Solowij, Former Beauty and Health
Director, UK Vogue and twice-winner of the Jasmine
Award for Fragrance Writing.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is a velvety-textured single
malt whisky, for confident, colourful, dynamic luxury
spirit drinkers who like to take the lead.
A mature Glenmorangie that is transferred from
the original ex-bourbon cask and then extra matured
or ‘finished’ in port pipes, shipped
from the ‘Quintas’ or wine estates of
Portugal. Maturation in ruby port pipes develops
The Quinta Ruban into a voluptuously smooth spirit
with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours
that engage the entire palate and envelope it in
a intriguing balance of smooth velvet and crisp,
The beautiful ruby colour is derived from the ruby
port pipes that are used for maturation, and the
intensity of this hue is untouched by the non chill-filtering
process. ‘Ruban’ in Gaelic for Ruby.
With an ABV of 46%, its dominant tastes are rich,
chocolaty and minty.
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
It has been called ‘the perfect ten’ and
most Glenmorangie drinkers will readily drink to that!
After 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks, the Glenmorangie
spirit has had enough time to mature and mellow into
a beautifully balanced yet marvellously complex malt
40.0% Volume 70cl
Pale golden brown.
Light and delicate, floral with traces of citrus and
vanilla, with a light smokiness, too.
Beautifully balanced, with honeyed nuts coming through.
Clean and salving, short.
18 YEAR OLD
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
GLENMORANGIE 18 YEAR OLD
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
An attractive deep gold colour, warm and enticing.
Distinctive from the Ten Year Old, but without the
heavy darkness of some extra aged malts.
Aroma: The bouquet is very full, round and
perfumed with nutty, caramel and vanilla overtones.
smooth, 'silky' and round. Fine, fully flavoured
a long, consistent aftertaste, it is delivered with
great intensity and depth.
Comments: The changes
that take place during the extra eight years of
maturation are profound. A superb after dinner dram.
THE NECTAR D'OR
GLENMORANGIE NECTAR D'OR
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
single malt whisky for the sophisticated luxury
spirits drinker who enjoys delicious extravagance
and sensual pleasures.
With a tremendous 'gourmand' appeal, The Nectar
D'OR is Glenmorangie's delicious, complex base spirit,
that after a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon casks,
is then extra matured in specialty hand selected
Sauternes wine barriques. This makes it rich and
sumptuous with a heady, luscious, beguiling spectrum
of aromatic patisserie desserts that helps create
a memorable occasion whenever it is enjoyed.
'Or" means gold in both Gaelic and French while
of course 'Nectar' is the drink of the Gods.
Non chill-filtered and with an ABV of 46%, its key
flavour notes are lemony, sumptuous and syrupy.
Each year, we're lucky to welcome visitors from all over
the world who come to discover how their favourite malt
whisky is made and meet the people who share their passion
for Glenmorangie and live and breathe it every working day.
VISIT THE GLEN OF TRANQUILLITY
If you'd like to take a look around the Glenmorangie Distillery,
why not come and visit us here in Tain?
Open All Year
Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.00
June - August: Saturdays 10.00 - 16.00
Sundays: 12.00 - 16.00
10.30 - 15.30 Monday to Friday
10.30 - 14.30 on Saturdays
12.30 - 14.30 on Sundays.
Maximum 15 per group.
Please note that the Distillery will be closed during the
Christmas holiday period and tours may be restricted during
the Silent Season.
There is a £2.50 admission charge - which is redeemable
against any purchase of £16 or more from the shop.
Groups are welcome to a guided tour of the Distillery.
Pre-booking is advisable.
The Glenmorangie Distillery is about 1 hour (36 miles) north
of Inverness . Once you reach Tain, don't turn off into
the town but keep on the A9 for about half a mile north
of Tain where you'll see the Distillery signposted to your
If there's anything that you'd like to ask us about (or
you just want to tell us how good Glenmorangie is!) feel
free to contact us at any time. Here are all the details