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Glenmorangie 1963

11th October 2013
Glenmorangie re-bottle 50 bottles of the world's first wood finished whisky.

Glenmorangie have recently discovered 50 bottles of the "world's first" wood-finished whisky hidden in a corner of one of their expansive Highland warehouses. Distilled in 1963 and bottled in 1987, Glenmorangie have decided to release the 50 bottles of this extraordinarily rare expression.

Glenmorangie 1963 is going to be offered in a commemorative bottle fitting of its iconic 1960s heritage including the original label. A blast from the sophisticated past, the new packaging emanates a universally compelling "time capsule" mystique.

This unique Glenmorangie expression was extra-matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for almost two years, before being released in 1987. Bill Lumsden has since gone on to lead the world in the innovative field of extra-maturation in single malt production.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, said: "Glenmorangie 1963 is a unique opportunity for aficionados to sample a truly ground-breaking single malt whisky. It marked the first venture into extra-maturation, so it's a real slice of history for collectors. This is a phenomenal whisky capable of transporting those lucky enough to sample it back in time to the heady days of 1963."

Each of the bottles is engraved with a unique number and is presented in a metal "time capsule"-style box. The box has a polished oak wood interior, and contains a luxurious booklet customised with a hand-signed note of authenticity from Dr. Bill. The labels, collar and cork are made of the purest .925 solid silver.

Glenmorangie 1963 is a warm walnut brown in colour and on nosing offers a beguiling mix of toasted coconut, vanilla fudge and cherries. Glenmorangie 1963 offers notes of juicy peaches, pineapples and sweet caramelised oranges, dusted with Demerara sugar. Notes of nutmeg, marzipan and walnuts are also prevalent; characteristic of Oloroso Sherry cask finishing.

Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie Brand Director, said "Glenmorangie 1963 clearly highlights our commitment to innovation as well as our unparalleled pursuit of perfection to craft unnecessarily well-made whiskies."

Just 50 bottles of this exceptional whisky remain from 50 years ago. 20 of these bottles will be made available for purchase in the US at a suggested retail selling price of 1600/$2600 through top end stores and whisky specialists worldwide.

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