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Finishing Strongly

Few things last longer in the memory or linger more deliciously than a Great Finish…

Finishing Touches – Whisky

Dr Bill Lumsden, our Head of Whisky Creation, is responsible for countless great finishes. To ‘finish’ a whisky is to extra-mature it, to take a whisky which is ready to drink, but to resist the temptation and to leave it in different casks for another period of time, adding new flavours and layers of complexity. This technique was pioneered by Glenmorangie in the early 1990s.

After 10 years in oak casks, Glenmorangie Original, our delicious house-style, is ready to be bottled. Alternatively, it is ready to become Glenmorangie Lasanta perhaps (finished in very specific sherry butts), Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban maybe (finished in Port pipes), or Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (finished in sweet wine barriques from Sauternes).

“It’s an art,” says Dr Bill Lumsden, “which takes skill and know-how. Our work with extra-maturation began long before we first released any such bottlings. Glenmorangie is an acknowledged first-mover in this area and we’ve learned that not all wood finishes are equal, that wood does magic things to whisky but that practise and precision are required. Achieving the ideal finish is no easy task. We want to make sure the classic Glenmorangie Original backbone shines through and is judiciously complemented by new layers of complexity."

“Through skilful wood finishing a good whisky can be made even better and a very good whisky can be made great. But a great finish can only be achieved when first principles have been attended to, when everything that has gone before is perfect.”

The Original

The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range.

Finishing Touches – Golf

Justin Rose, a Major Champion and Glenmorangie Ambassador, has been the author of many great finishes himself. Justin burst onto the global golf scene at The Open Championship in 1998 when he finished in fourth place as an amateur, having holed out from some 50-yards away from heavy rough on the final hole.

“It was outrageous, a great finish and a huge buzz. I turned professional the very next day, and soon learned just how difficult a great finish can be.

“I failed to make the cut in my first 21 starts as a professional, which took an awful lot of patience and persistence. And I still carry the memories of those tough times with me. When I achieve a great finish now, it’s in no small part because of the trials of my first outings as a young professional.”

Justin is now a multiple tournament winner as well as a major champion (in 2013, becoming the first Englishman to win a Major since 1996). But like all those driven by excellence, Justin seeks ever more great finishes.

Creating a Great Finish – golf and whisky

Glenmorangie knows about Great Finishes.