Our new home for imagination
We have been pushing single malt boundaries for decades. Our whisky creators are endlessly experimental in their quest to dream up delicious whiskies for more people to enjoy. Now, to give them the freedom to bring their most extraordinary ideas to life, we are opening the doors to a ground-breaking innovation distillery, where they can let their imaginations run wild.
The future of flavour
Our Lighthouse was inspired by the “What if...?” approach of Dr Bill Lumsden, our Director of Whisky Creation. Spurred on by his many whisky world-firsts and wondrous limited editions, we conceived the Lighthouse as a sensory playground. Inside this building, the first of its kind, he and his team will seek to redefine every aspect of their craft, and bring a kaleidoscope of delicious new flavours to Scotch whisky.
Our guiding light
Named for its landmark approach to whisky, our Lighthouse distillery is a shining beacon on the Highland coastline, at the heart of our distillery. Looking out to sea like an actual lighthouse, the towering 20m-high glass stillhouse can be seen for miles around. Its design is dramatically different from the traditional stone buildings of the main Distillery, established more than 175 years ago. But it reflects our single malt’s creativity through and through – even down to the fragments of whisky casks embedded in its walls.
Within its still house stand two of our signature copper stills, which enable Glenmorangie’s delicate, fruity spirit. As tall as a giraffe, they allow more space for taste and aroma. But these new stills have a host of modifications, making all kinds of innovation possible. And above the stillhouse is a purpose-built sensory laboratory, where Dr Bill can play with his experiments in the most unexpected ways
A taste of things to come
“The Lighthouse is our new home of imagination,” said Dr Bill. “Here, we can indulge our most fantastical ideas as we strive to create a whole array of different flavours. We will be able to play with whisky’s core ingredients, making small adjustments and big changes in ways never tried before. Nothing is off limits in the Lighthouse, as long as it’s delicious.”
Thomas Moradpour, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “Global demand for Glenmorangie is growing significantly. The first of its kind, our Lighthouse experimental distillery is the keystone of our plans to stay at the forefront of taste innovation. By giving our talented creation team free rein, we will welcome even more consumers worldwide to enjoy delicious whiskies.”