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Glenmorangie Scoops 5 Golds At International Spirits Challenge

8th May 2017
Five Glenmorangie whiskies have picked up a gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 awards.

Glenmorangie ISC 2017 Gold Award winners - Glenmorangie Signet, Glenmorangie 18 Year Old, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old, Glenmorangie Tarlogan and Glenmorangie Duthac.

Scottish Highland Single Malt distillery Glenmorangie has scoop five gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge 2017 awards. The International Spirits Challenge recognises three key areas of the industry: tasting, marketing and design and packaging. Now in its 22nd year, the competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process and receives more than 1,300 entries from almost 70 countries worldwide.

The gold winners were Glenmorangie Signet, Glenmorangie 18 Year Old, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old and the travel retail exclusive Glenmorangie Legends Collection whiskies Glenmorangie Tarlogan and Glenmorangie Duthac.

Bill Lumsden, the Glenmorangie Company’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks said: "I am extremely proud to see five of our whiskies recognised with gold awards by such an esteemed body – and the response from whisky lovers around the world has been equally rewarding. This has been one of our most successful award years yet at the ISC."

The 5 Glenmorangie International Spirits Challenge 2017 Gold Medal Winners:

Glenmorangie Signet is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV
A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime's experience. A blend of Glenmorangie's oldest whisky - distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site – and spirit matured in a selection of the world's finest casks, this undoubtedly is the richest whisky in their range. Glenmorangie describe it as: On the nose there is strong Aruba espresso fused with a treacly plum pudding, rich with sherry, and candied orange peel. The flavour is a contrast of rich sweetness with an explosive crackle of sizzling spices and bitter mocha. The finish is fresh spring-like breeze of mint with a bright citrus lemony-green quality.

Glenmorangie 18 Years Old 43% ABV
Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks, approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, Glenmorangie blend them back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavour. Glenmorangie describe its aroma as rich, rounded and sweet with dried fruits and a complex floral fragrance. The taste is balanced between honey, malt and flowery scents. Dates and figs emerge in the background with a hint of wood smoke. The finish is long and enticing with the sweetness of dried fruit and subtle dryness of Oloroso nuttiness.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV
The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is extra-matured in ruby port pipes to create a voluptuous spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours. Glenmorangie describe it as having a nose of dark mint chocolate and tangerines, leading to tastes of walnut, chocolate, Turkish delight and Seville oranges, and a long, silky finish.

Glenmorangie Duthac 43% ABV
A whisky fit for a King, this expression honours the annual pilgrimage made by King James IV to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain, and is part of Glenmorangie Legends – a collection of single malt whiskies exclusive to Travel Retail, inspired by the legendary lands that have been home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843. Glenmorangie say it has seductive aromas of pear, toffee apple, Brazil nuts in toffee, with an underlying spicy note, some toasty oak. The spiciness is definite, but gentle, with hints of ginger and clove. The aftertaste shows vanilla, apricots in cream and some almond marzipan.

Glenmorangie Tarlogan 43% ABV
The Tarlogie Spring has served as the sole water source for our distillery since 1843. Its unique, mineral-rich waters allow us to create our unusually fragrant house style. Aged in virgin oak as well as ex-bourbon casks, Glenmorangie say Tarlogan has sweet, earthy aromas of creamy butterscotch, classic Glenmorangie vanilla and coconut, malt biscuits too. The texture is soft and silky and brings with it dessert-like flavours, especially vanilla custard and pears. There are delicious notes of pineapple and gentle citrus. The finish displays a suggestion of exquisite ginger followed by waves of long, lingering white chocolate and almond marzipan. A Travel Retail exclusive product.

You will these and other Glenmorangie whiskies available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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