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Glenmorangie Pride 1974

24th March 2017
Glenmorangie launch their oldest whisky to date, Glenmorangie Pride 1974.

Glenmorangie Pride 1974

Glenmorangie has unveiled the oldest and rarest whisky the Highland distillery has ever released, the Glenmorangie Pride 1974. This is the third and oldest release to date in the Glenmorangie Pride series, it follows the bottlings of Pride 1981 released in 2011 and Pride 1978 released in 2014.

Crafted by Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, the new Glenmorangie Pride 1974 41 year old edition was laid down on 30th October 1974 in combination of ex-bourbon casks and ex-Oloroso sherry butts then left to mature for over four decades, then bottled in 2016 at 52% ABV

Dr Bill said: “Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the oldest and deepest Glenmorangie ever to be released. Its age lends the whisky an enriched intensity, borne only of a slow, patient maturation. The result is an exquisite blend of deep, rich, salty and spicy aromas – aged balsamic vinegar, salted caramel toffee and oranges, leading to tastes of baked apples, toffee, oranges and brown sugar.”

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the third limited-edition release in the Pride collection, which showcases the Distillery’s most rare and treasured malts. There will only be 503 crystal decanters available worldwide.

To mark the release of the distillery’s oldest whisky, Glenmorangie and renowned piano maker Steinway & Sons, have collaborated with Steinway Artist Aaron Diehl, to compose a piece of music which embodies the whisky’s rare beauty.

Diehl found inspiration at the Distillery where Glenmorangie’s exceptional whisky has been crafted since 1843. His composition echoes the creative spirit of Glenmorangie Pride 1974, drawing on its depth of character and its long maturation. Diehl, a world-renowned pianist, premiered his work alongside the whisky last night in New York.

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 will be released in May with an RRP of £7,200. Only 503 decanters of Glenmorangie Pride 1974 will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 Review

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is non chill-filtered and bottled at 52% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour:  Mahogany.

Nose:  Wonderful, deep, rich, salty and spicy flavours. Salted caramel toffee, chocolate truffles. Turkish delight, rum-and-raisin-flavoured ice-cream, and a hint of aged balsamic vinegar. Three or four drops of water release myriad complex vapours, reminiscent of warn brioche, yeast floor, ginger-snap biscuits and subtle, gentle blood orange, finally giving way to more hints of brioche, baked bread and cedar wood.

Taste: For a whisky of such age, the mouthfeel is soft, leading to surprisingly vibrant flavours of baked apples, oranges, honey and menthol. Lots of toffee, molasses, double cream and spicy clove and aniseed.

Finish: The aftertaste is lingering but gently soothing, with pecan nuts, leather, fudge and creamy café latte.

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