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Glenmorangie unveils ‘vintage’ whisky collection

LVMH-owned single malt Scotch Glenmorangie has launched the first expression in its new range of “vintage” whiskies, called Bond House No. 1.

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Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 marks 1990 as a year of change at the distillery

Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 series showcases the individuality of the distillery’s “most complex and elegant” vintage malts, each distilled in one year.

Taking its name from the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century bonded warehouses, Warehouse No.1 was home to the distillery’s casks of maturing spirit.

But in 1990, as Glenmorangie sought to meet growing demand, Bonded warehouse No. 1 was transformed into a still house. It housed hGlenmorangie’s signature copper stills – the tallest in Scotland.

The inaugural expression in the collection is Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990, described as an “extraordinary spirit which emerged from the most challenging harvest in living memory”.

According to Glenmorangie, 1990 was a problematic year for barley harvesting.

The new expression, bottled at 43% abv, is described as having “heady floral and fruity notes” while on the palate it has “sweet flavours of orange syrup, puff candy, honeycomb, and vanilla.” The whisky has been aged for 25 years in selected ex-Bourbon casks and ex-Sherry casks.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation & and whisky stocks, said: “The Bond House No. 1 collection gives connoisseurs a unique opportunity to explore the individuality each year has lent our award-winning spirit.

“I’m delighted that Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 will launch the collection. Even today, few can explain how a spirit so delicious could emerge from a barley crop of such challenges.

“Combined with a quarter-century of Glenmorangie’s exceptional cask expertise, its finesse and vibrancy has been preserved through the ages, to create a whisky brimming with aromas of heather honey, mandarin and candied fruits and tastes of orange syrup and vanilla, zesty, herbal top notes, baked apples and brown sugar.”

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 is priced at £495 and available from selected whisky specialist retailers.

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