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Our story begins in 1843 with farmer William Matheson who, with his wife, Anne, set about building a distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Selling their whisky for mere shillings per gallon, the venture may have started small, its location remote, but the Mathesons' vision was extraordinary.

They were laying the foundations of what would become one of the most famous Scotch whisky distilleries in the world.

The distillery

A love of our lands

Matheson’s whisky was named after the peaceful land he loved. In Gaelic, the ancient language of Scotland, ‘Glenmorangie’ means ‘Valley of Tranquility’. By virtue of the way it is made, all whisky is inherently linked to the land, but Glenmorangie is perhaps rooted more deeply than any other, being tightly woven into the long, rich history of our native Ross-shire.

The stills

Unusually tall stills

Fast forward almost two centuries and our whisky has come a long way.  From inventing our legendary Glenmorangie Original to pioneering advanced cask management techniques, we have continuously pushed the boundaries of what is possible in whisky-making. Perhaps our most famous innovation being our towering copper stills which stand proud as the tallest in Scotland at 5.14 metres (the same height as a giraffe!) creating a more delicate spirit, ripe for experimentation.

The water

Our protected water source

One of the secrets to our craft lies in our unique Tarlogie Springs. These natural springs are unusually rich in minerals giving our whiskies a distinctive fruitiness and deliciously smooth finish. To keep this water pure, we own and protect the entire forest that surrounds our source.

The wood

Pioneering wood techniques

Hundreds of years’ worth of expert craftsmanship is poured into every drop of whisky we make. Wood plays a major part in this, and we’re proud of our sustainable wood policy and innovative wood-management approaches. Our team carefully craft the most prized casks for our spirit to come alive in.

The people
Distillers of Tain

Glenmorangie has had many loyal team members over the years, but few men or women devoted so much of their lives to the Distillery as Gordon L Smart (1895-1972). Gordon was appointed Distillery manager in 1920 after his father Alexander, the previous Distillery manager, passed away. It was a position he would fill for a remarkable fifty years. His core workforce at the Distillery - the so-called ‘16 Men of Tain’ - were also long-serving and provided a wealth of whisky making experience and time-honoured skills.

Today there are '24 Distillers of Tain’ led by Distillery manager, Edward Thom, who in 2022 won the Global Distillery Manager of the year at the prestigious Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Awards. Glenmorangie has continued to support and build strong relationships with its surrounding community, attracting many generations to craft its award winning whiskies over the years.


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