unearths pics it believes show the
highest point a bottle of Scotch whisky
has ever reached on Earth.
As today, Wednesday 29th May is the
60th anniversary of the first ascent of
Everest, I thought you may be
interested to know that Glenmorangie has unearthed a
world first for malt whisky.
In May 1993 Rebecca Stephens MBE became
the first British female mountaineer to
stand at the roof of the world – with
only four years’ climbing experience.
Rebecca’s summit bid was backed by
Glenmorangie, which also provided the
team with Glenmorangie 10 Years Old to
raise their spirits at Base Camp.
Now, 20 years on, Glenmorangie has
uncovered pictures in its archive of
expedition team members at Everest’s
Camp Two at 6500m (21,300 ft) in the
Western Cwm, holding a bottle of
This is believed to be the highest a
bottle of single malt has ever reached
The news comes almost 60 years to the
day after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing
Norgay scaled the world’s highest peak.
To mark the occasion, Glenmorangie will
make a donation to Rebecca Stephens’
chosen charities – the Mount Everest
Foundation and The Himalayan Trust UK.
Paul Skipworth, President and Managing
Director of The Glenmorangie Company,
who will present Rebecca with the
donation, said: "In 1993 Glenmorangie
supported Rebecca Stephens when she
wrote herself into the record books with
her historic achievement.
"The expedition team took a case of
Scotland’s favourite malt whisky with
them, which we thought they had enjoyed
at Base Camp. We were amazed to discover
last week that they had actually taken a
bottle to Camp Two, which we believe to
be the topmost point on Earth that a
bottle of single malt has ever reached.
"Glenmorangie is distilled in the
tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland,
so we identify with Rebecca’s quest to
reach the summit and be the best. We are
delighted to be supporting Rebecca again
and taking part in this celebration of
one of mankind’s greatest achievements.”
Rebecca Stephens MBE, chair of The
Himalayan Trust UK, said: “The Everest
60th anniversary is a momentous landmark
for all climbers. I look back on our
1993 summit as a special chapter in my
support we received on our climb was
invaluable and our bottles of
Glenmorangie raised spirits in every
sense. It’s only when Glenmorangie
showed me the pictures from their
archive that I realised how significant
taking that bottle up to Camp Two had
been: to be honest, I hadn’t thought to
weeks after her Everest conquest Rebecca
returned to Glenmorangie’s Highland
distillery to lay down a special cask
celebrating her feat.
In 2003, 408 bottles of Glenmorangie
Mount Everest were bottled to
commemorate Rebecca’s achievement, some
of which were sent to the 1993 Everest
summit team. The proceeds of their sale
raised £15,000 for The Himalayan Trust
UK, which helps the Sherpa community.
In 1993 Rebecca climbed with two Sherpas,
Ang Passang and Kami Tchering. "Without
them it would have been impossible," she
said. Rebecca was named an honorary
‘Sherpani’ for her bravery and spirit.
Perhaps you are lucky enough to have one
of the 408 bottles of Glenmorangie Mount
Everest in your collection.