Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 - The fourth release of the Bond House No. 1 collection

Finished in Ex-Oloroso Sherry and Burgundy casks

Glenmorangie presents the fourth edition of its Bond House No. 1 collection, a vintage from 1991. For this whisky Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whiskyy Creation & Whisky Stocks, married two very different batches to get a very aromatic 26 year old single malt: The whisky initially was matured for many years in American oak, before it was split and one part of the whisky was finished in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The other part was filled in former Burgundy casks.

A finish in ex-Oloroso sherry and Burgundy casks

The two flavor profiles of the sherry and wine casks whiskies were very different and in a press release announcing the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 Dr. Lumsden says: “Bringing together two such incongruous whiskies goes somewhat against convention which, in part, is what drew me to the challenge of combining them. Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 honours the distillery’s pioneering exploration of wood-finishing in the early 1990s.”

Like the three predecessors in the Glenmorangie Bond House No. 1 series (Grand Vintage Malt 1990, Grand Vintage Malt 1989 and Grand Vintage Malt 1993) the fourth also is presented in a noble bottle, embedded in a premium box made of wood and copper. The single malt was bottled at 43% ABV and will soon be available Germany and other European countries.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1991 Official Tasting Notes

Colour: Ochre

Nose: Mellow, deep, intense and fruity. Lots of apricots, plum and baked apples, with chocolate, gentle oak, and a hint of truffles and star anise. A splash of water releases deeper notes, reminiscent of hickory-smoked ham and a damp forest floor.

Palate: A slightly peppery mouthfeel leads to a burst of fruity flavours intermingled with lots of milk chocolate, stewed apples, plum and ripe, red fruits such as cherry and raspberry.

Finish: A hint of zesty citrus and finally an intriguing combination of oak, fruit and sweet spices.


Photos: Moet Hennessy