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Delicious whisky since 1843

We’ve been crafting our single malt since 1843, when farmer William Matheson and his wife Anne followed their dreams and founded the Glenmorangie Distillery. Our whisky makers have been dreaming up wondrous whiskies in the very same spot, ever since.

Meet the distillers of Tain

For us, creativity takes a community. Designing delicious whiskies requires constant watch over our tall stills, and skills built up over generations. These men and women are deeply versed in our anything-is-possible style of whisky making. Truth be told, we couldn’t create Glenmorangie without them.

Taller stills mean tastier whisky

The copper stills in which we distil our spirit, are the tallest in Scotland. With necks as tall as a giraffe, they create more space for taste and aroma.

And so we craft a wonderfully fruity and delicate spirit, ripe for experimentation.

Why we think wood is wonderful

We never stop searching for the very best casks in which to age our spirit. Sourced from far and wide, they are often even customised to our specifications to create a distinct flavour profile. Over a lifetime of more than 100 years, oak trees absorb incalculable flavours, which they slowly pass on to our whisky in the darkness of casks, over decades. 

Protecting our pure water

Our water is unusually rich in minerals, which help to make our whisky so wonderfully fruity. To keep this water pure, we own and protect the entire forest that surrounds our source, the Tarlogie Spring.

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A salute to our spirit animal

The giraffe has loooong been our spirit animal. After all, this majestic animal is the same height as our towering stills. But although the giraffe is known and loved at Glenmorangie and across the world, few are aware of the threat it faces in the wild. Numbers have fallen by 30% in just 30 years – and some types of giraffe are now critically endangered.

Knowing how urgently the giraffe needs help, we have pioneered a conservation partnership with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation charity, which aims to secure a future for all wild giraffe populations in Africa. Find out more at https://giraffeconservation.org/

  • Our Experiences

    We are delighted to announce that we will be reopening our Visitor Centre on Monday 26th April 2021.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase the full range of Glenmorangie whiskies and a wide range of gifts.

    And for those looking to explore what makes our award-winning single malt so wonderfully complex and enticingly smooth, we will be offering the following tasting experiences...

Our Experiences

We are delighted to announce that we will be reopening our Visitor Centre on Monday 26th April 2021.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase the full range of Glenmorangie whiskies and a wide range of gifts.

And for those looking to explore what makes our award-winning single malt so wonderfully complex and enticingly smooth, we will be offering the following tasting experiences...

Local History

The Tarlogie Springs, Glenmorangie's own water source and most prized asset, is the product of rain that has been forcing its way through layers of limestone and sandstone for a hundred years.

These natural minerals give it its 'hard' water qualities and provide Glenmorangie with a raw ingredient unique amongst Highland distilleries. Our ancient ancestors drank here, considering the pure, mineral-rich waters of the Springs to be sacred. We think they're pretty special too!