Whisky Focus - Glenmorangie Unveils Three New Travel Retail Exclusive Whiskies

Glenmorangie Unveils 3 New Travel Retail Exclusive Whiskies


30th September 2019
Glenmorangie unveils three new travel retail exclusive age statement whiskies, The Accord 12 Year Old, The Elementa 14 Year Old and The Tribute 16 Year Old.

Glenmorangie new travel retail whiskies, Glenmorangie The Accord 12 Year Old, Glenmorangie The Elementa 14 Year Old and Glenmorangie The Tribute 16 Year Old.

Glenmorangie has unveiled three new travel retail exclusive expressions, all three the creative work of Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at the distillery. Each of the new whiskies carries a clear age statement and each has its own unique taste which Glenmorangie tells me showcases a different and demanding art, perfected by the Men of Tain through the years at the Highland Distillery.

Each whisky is distilled in Glenmorangie’s signature copper stills, the tallest in Scotland, for a fruity and fragrant spirit. And each reveals the Distillery’s mastery of techniques such as cask marrying and wood finishing.

The three new expressions are:

Glenmorangie The Accord 12 Year Old, described as a fruity and rich 12 year old whisky which is a marriage ex-American bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Dr Bill commented on the Glenmorangie The Accord saying: "With this whisky, I was inspired to explore the classic art of marrying casks. Selecting a smooth, fruity Glenmorangie aged in bourbon barrels, I carefully balanced it with a sweet, spicy whisky matured in Oloroso sherry butts. Named to reflect its perfect harmony of casks, The Accord brims with rich, fruit notes and our whisky’s signature finesse."

Glenmorangie The Accord 14 Year Old is bottled at 43% ABV and is presented in a 1 litre bottled and has a RRP of £47/€53.

Glenmorangie The Elementa 14 Year Old, described as a spicy and deep 14 year old whisky which has been matured in ex-American bourbon casks then finished in new charred oak casks. Dr Bill commented on the Glenmorangie The Elementa saying: "Glenmorangie was among the pioneers of wood finishing more than 30 years ago. Our Elementa celebrates this art, revealing the depths of flavour a skilful finish can bring. Taking whisky aged in bourbon casks, I finished it in new charred oak casks for woody depth and warm spice. As its name suggests, this whisky’s taste deliciously reflects the natural influences of the new wood."

Glenmorangie The Elementa 14 Year Old is bottled at 43% ABV and is presented in a 1 litre bottled and has a RRP of £67/€75.

Glenmorangie The Tribute 16 Year Old, which they described as a zesty and rounded 16 year old whisky created from a heritage spirit batch. Dr Bill commented on the Glenmorangie The Tribute saying: "There was a time when peat was the main source of fuel at Glenmorangie, giving our spirit a noticeably smoky style. To celebrate our heritage, I distilled a rare, lightly peated spirit with a hint of smoke. Aged in bourbon casks and united with Glenmorangie’s signature spirit, our Tribute’s citrus smoothness and rounded flavours are a zesty nod to the past."

Glenmorangie The Tribute 16 Year Old is bottled at 43% ABV and is presented in a 1 litre bottled and has a RRP of £102/€115.

All three of the new whiskies very much reminds me of the work and creativity which goes into the Glenmorangie distillery's highly rated Private Edition range of annual releases and if they match these releases for quality they will certainly be something to look out for at the airport when you head off on your travels. The three new whiskies will be permanent additions to Glenmorangie's travel retail line unlike some of the Glenmorangie travel retail releases in recent years which were only available for a limited period.

The three new expressions will be rolled out in travel retail outlets worldwide from early 2020. Before that, Glenmorangie Accord, Glenmorangie Elementa and Glenmorangie Tribute will be given an exclusive worldwide premiere at Dubai Duty Free (Dubai International airport) from October 2019, and then an Asia premiere at China Duty Free Lagardère (Hong Kong International airport) from November 2019.

I will certainly update you with my thoughts if and when I get a chance to taste the new whiskies.

Meanwhile you will find the current Glenmorangie line up including some of their current travel retail offerings available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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