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Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991

2nd April 2019
Glenmorangie unveil fourth expression in their Bond House No.1 vintage collection, the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991Glenmorangie today unveiled the next expression in their limited edition Bond House No. 1 vintage collection, the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991.

The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 is a marriage of two profoundly different whiskies which are said to have been brought together in implausible harmony, one was finished in Oloroso sherry casks for sweetness and spice, the other, was finished in Burgundy casks for earthy and truffle notes.

The two whiskies were brought together by Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden. Glenmorangie is lead today by their whisky creator, Dr Bill, who is renowned as one of the masters of wood-finishing but back in 1991, when this whisky’s spirit was distilled, wood finishing was still in its infancy. But through years of intense experimentation by his predecessors at Glenmorangie and the experimentation he himself has carried out Dr Bill has grasped the art of wood finishing and the endless possibilities it lends to whisky creation.

Both whiskies in this Grand Vintage Malt 1991 were long-aged in bourbon casks, before being finished in Oloroso sherry casks or in Burgundy casks for more than a decade which is a considerably long finish. With a master distiller’s flair, Dr Bill married them together along with a hint of whisky aged in new toasted oak, to create a whisky which Glenmorangie describe as having a rich intensity.

Dr Bill commented on his latest creation, saying: "Bringing together two such incongruous whiskies goes somewhat against convention which, in part, is what drew me to the challenge of combining them. The result is a single malt with a rich plum character, deep, mellow aromas and tastes of ripe fruits and milk chocolate. Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 honours those early pioneers who dedicated themselves to the art of the wood finish in 1991, whose work still guides us today."

Created with the collector in mind, Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 series showcases some of the Distillery’s most scarce vintages. The collection takes its name from the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses. For generations, Warehouse No. 1 was home to the Distillery’s casks of maturing spirit until, in 1990, it was transformed into a new still house. Today, Bonded Warehouse No. 1 is the heart of the Distillery’s whisky creation. This latest Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 is the fourth release in the Bond House No. 1 series, it follows the inaugural Grand Vintage 1990 released in 2016, the Grand Vintage 1989 released in 2018, and a Grand Vintage1993 which was also released 2018 but exclusively in travel retail.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 has been bottled at 43% ABV and will be available from 9th April onwards with RRP of £630, you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Mellow, deep, intense and fruity. Lots of apricots, plum and baked apples, with chocolate, gentle oak, and a hint of truffles and star anise. A splash of water releases deeper notes, reminiscent of hickory-smoked ham and a damp forest floor.

Taste: A slightly peppery mouthfeel leads to a burst of fruity flavours intermingled with lots of milk chocolate, stewed apples, plum and ripe, red fruits such as cherry and raspberry.

Finish: A hint of zesty citrus and finally an intriguing combination of oak, fruit and sweet spices.

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