Tasting Masterclass

Dr William (Bill) Lumsden

In his role as Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation, Dr Lumsden oversees the creation of the entire Glenmorangie range. He is regarded as a pioneer in the malt whisky industry, touring the world in search of the best oak casks in which our whiskies will be given unique characteristics. He is also the only person to have been honoured three times with The Malt Advocate 'Industry Leader of the Year' Award.

The Serves

Dr Bill Lumsden would recommend enjoying Glenmorangie in any of the following ways.

Neat
To try our whisky neat is to experience it in its purest form, where the complexity of the flavours and aromas is at its fullest intensity.

With Water
A little water will soften the alcohol, causing a change in the texture and bouquet of the whisky, and revealing further layers of aromas and complexity.

Over Ice
Adding two or three large rocks of ice to your whisky will close down the top notes that were released with water accentuating instead the base flavours from the oak barrel.

The Glass

Whisky Glass
The glass in which you serve our whisky will have an effect on the flavour. However we believe that Glenmorangie should be enjoyed in whichever way you think best, and that includes your favourite glass. But, if you were to ask Dr Bill Lumsden for his personal opinion, he would recommend a simple, yet good quality tumbler to really allow the aromas to be released before and after adding water.

Understanding The LabelĀ Glenmorangie

Our brand name Glenmorangie comes from the Scots Gaelic Gleann mor na sithe which means 'valley of tranquillity', a perfect description of the peaceful setting near Tain.

Highland
This means that this particular whisky has been made in the highlands, a rugged and mountainous region of Northern Scotland.

Single Malt
To be referred to as single malt, a whisky must be produced by one distillery alone. Many whiskies are blends of a number of different makers but all our whiskies are distilled and matured solely in Tain.

Scotch Whisky
To be called Scotch a whisky must be matured in oak casks for at least three years.

The Original
We refer to this expression of Glenmorangie as 'the Original' because it is the perfect embodiment of our house style: light and elegant, but with incredible layers of complexity of flavour.

Signet
The Signet emblem is our brand icon, chosen as it represents an integral part of our heritage. Inspired by intricate designs carved into the Cadboll Stone, an ancient standing stone that we believe is, with its highly skilled carvings, the perfect symbol of our brand.

Ross Shire
Ross-shire is a county in the North East of Scotland where our distillery is situated. This unique location on the Dornoch Firth gives mild, maritime conditions ideal for maturing Glenmorangie.

1843
In 1843, William Matheson set up the Glenmorangie Distillery with two towering stills; stills that are still in use today and which helped create the unique style of Glenmorangie.

Perfected by the Sixteen Men Of Tain
The select group of craftsmen who are entrusted with the secrets of our distillery. Men whose dedication, skill and attention to detail is passed down from generation to generation.

Ten Years Old
This refers to the amount of time this whisky has been maturing in oak casks. Any longer and Glenmorangie Original, only ever matured in first or second fill casks, would not retain its perfect balance between sweetness and complexity.