Glenmorangie Distillery tour with Dr Bill Lumsden

21st August, 2017 by Annie Hayes

“Glenmorangie is arguably the archetypal single malt Scotch whisky matured in American oak, and historically we believe we were the first company in Scotland to use ex-Bourbon barrels” says Bill. “We’ve got records going back to the late 1940s showing the company importing American oak Bourbon barrels. That kind of set a trend, and nowadays around 90% of all Scotch whisky is matured in American oak.” Glenmorangie’s policy, however, goes one stage further, with each barrels manufactured to the distillery’s specification. The whole process takes eight years from start to finish. “The cost of one of these standard barrels there is about four times the cost of a standard Bourbon barrel – but more than anything else I think this is the real difference with Glenmorangie.

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