A true treasure: The Tayne

Glenmorangie Legends Collection

Glenmorangie Tayne is a single malt whisky inspired by ancient treasures. Its name recalls local lore which tells of a 16th Century Spanish galleon’s lost riches sunk in the depths of the Tayne Firth, beside which the Glenmorangie Distillery can be found.

In 1583 a Spanish Armada was circumnavigating the British Isles, fleeing from the English Navy in the Channel. Making their way up the east coast they planned to sail round the top of Scotland out into the Atlantic and then to make for home. There were 130 Spanish ships and many were lost to wild winds and uncharted coastlines in these foreign waters. The warships carried gold, silver and jewels from Spain, Portugal and Italy, most of it lost forever. 30,000 soldiers and sailors had set out with the invasion force, but only 10,000 returned home.

Legend has it that one ship was wrecked in the Tayne Firth – now known as The Dornoch Firth – close to our distillery. A growing storm had forced part of the fleet to seek refuge and one unlucky ship ran aground on a sandbar off the Doune of Creich. Some survivors, it is said, settled in Scotland. And there are still dark haired and dusky highlanders who claim them amongst their ancestors!

Our new whisky remembers this story and has genuine elements of rare Spanish treasure about it, capturing something of the unique tale which determined its name

Glenmorangie Tayne is a richly mahogany coloured single malt which – naturally, given its Spanish connection – has been finished in sherry casks. But these are not casks which once held Pedro Ximenez or Oloroso. Rather, Glenmorangie Tayne is the result of extra-maturation in carefully selected Amontillado Sherry casks, a rarely seen finish in the world of whisky.

“Amontillado Sherry is my favourite,” says Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s long-time and multi-award winning whisky creator. “Always interesting, it’s an all-rounder. It’s nutty and satisfying. Even those with a medium sweetness will have some dry finesse about them too. The whisky world knows how well other sherries work with our spirit. At Glenmorangie especially we just have to look at the incredible popularity of Lasanta. But based on my personal preference we’ve been experimenting with wood which has been exposed to Amontillado Sherry. So for this whisky, Glenmorangie Tayne, we decided it was time to work with this lesser-known Spanish treasure!”

A parcel of single malt was aged in ex-bourbon American white oak casks in our warehouses hard by the shores of the Dornoch Firth, very much in our tried and tested (and treasured) Glenmorangie House-style. This whisky was transferred into a handful of quite specific sherry casks, made for our precise purpose: American oak, toasted and then seasoned with elegant, well-structured Amontillado.

The result, Glenmorangie Tayne, is a deeply harmonious whisky. It is highly fragrant, with topnotes of rose petals but also roast chestnuts. The texture is warming and rich with flavours of sweet toffee, Muscovado sugar and tropical fruits too, notably peaches, mango and orange. The finish is one of long, gentle nuttiness, like Brazils embedded in toffee.


“Extra-maturation in Amontillado Sherry casks has delivered elegant, balanced and fascinating flavours,” says Dr Bill. “It is more full-bodied than other sherry finishes. It has a little spiciness and a lot of nuttiness, some of the qualities of antique leather. It pays homage to that fabled galleon and to all those who, like us at the Glenmorangie Distillery, are inspired to navigate uncharted waters in search of the unknown…”

The Legends Collection Glenmorangie Tayne is the second release in the Glenmorangie Legends Collection and is exclusive to Travel Retail outlets. Glenmorangie Duthac was the first in the series. Each expression in the Legends Collection has been carefully crafted by Dr Bill Lumsden to reflect the essence of its own unique tale, inspired by the legendary lands that have been home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843.