The whisky makers of Glenmorangie go to an incredible extent in their hunt to create an exquisite single malt and unveils the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 that is absolutely luscious and creamy. Established as the oldest whisky in their bespoke casks, this limited edition is known for its fresh standards of creaminess as it has been matured for 23 years.
Before this single malt was created, the whisky makers envision the right casks to mature their iconic liquor which has led to an epic journey of discovering the forests of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, in the U.S. Just like how the process of maturation for whiskey takes time, it’s the same case for the trees at this mountain. They handpicked American white oaks that would naturally bring more creaminess to Glenmorangie. Then, with astonishing attention to detail, they carefully air-dried the oak, handcrafted it into casks made to their exact specifications, and seasoned it with select bourbon, to bring the wood to its best. Finally, by 1996, some of the first bespoke casks were ready. Filling them with Glenmorangie’s spirit, they left time to do its work.
Ever since then, Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation, Glenmorangie has crafted these bespoke casks in small numbers, creating two coveted releases of the limited-edition Glenmorangie Astar, and the heart of Glenmorangie Original. Meanwhile, the spirit of 1996 lay undisturbed, gaining even deeper, even more, rounded flavours. Finally, Dr Bill was inspired to celebrate these casks and their longest maturation yet in a whisky with a unique, creamy depth and a fruity, floral intensity. Aged entirely in first-fill casks, it’s the sixth release in the Bond House No. 1 Collection.
The whiskies of Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 vintage series are created from some of the Distillery’s most prized parcels of aged whisky, for particularly delicious results. The series is named after the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses. For generations, Warehouse No. 1 was home to casks of maturing spirit until, in 1990, it was transformed into a majestic new still house. Today, Bonded Warehouse No. 1 is the heart of the Distillery’s wondrous whisky creation.