Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 Vintage collection invites single malt whisky connoisseurs to explore some of the distillery’s most prized parcels of aged whisky, each distilled in a single year. Today, Glenmorangie announces the fourth limited release in the award-winning Bond House No. 1 Vintage collection: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991. The Highland Single Malt, which marries two contrastingly different wood-finished whiskies, was named the 2019 Whisky of the Year (97 points) by the International Whisky Competition, as determined by their blind tasting panel.
Created with the collector in mind, Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 series showcases some of the distillery’s most scarce vintages. The collection takes its name from the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses. For generations, Warehouse No. 1 was home to the distillery’s casks of maturing spirit until it was transformed into the current still house to meet surging demand in 1990. Today, Bonded Warehouse No. 1 is the heart of the distillery’s whisky creation.
Glenmorangie is renowned as a leading pioneer in wood-finishing whisky. In 1991, when this whisky’s spirit was distilled, the art was still in its infancy and the distillery’s creators were alive to the possibilities that a wood finish could bring. This led to a period of intense experimentation, intent on creating new techniques and flavors. Inspired to revisit some of the parcels of whisky from 1991, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, experimented with the marriage of two profoundly different whiskies, which ordinarily would never be brought together. Dr. Bill Lumsden selected two contrasting styles – both long-aged in bourbon casks – to create the Grand Vintage Malt 1991. One parcel finished in oloroso sherry casks offered sweetness and spice, while the other parcel was finished in burgundy casks and offered earthy, truffle notes. Softened by a hint of whisky aged in new toasted oak, the 26-year-old single malt offers rich intensity and mellow, plummy depths.
Tasting Notes: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991
(Bottled at 43%; $750 U.S. market SRP)
“Bringing together two such incongruous whiskies go somewhat against convention which, in part, is what drew me to the challenge of combining them,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, who was also named the 2019 Master Distiller of the Year with the highest scoring single malt whisky of the International Whisky Competition. “The result is a single malt with a rich plum character, deep, mellow aromas and tastes of ripe fruits and milk chocolate. Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 honors those early pioneers who dedicated themselves to the art of the wood finish in 1991, whose work still guides us today.”
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 will be available in specialist whisky shops around the world, travel retail, and the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Center. In the United States, UK, and Germany it can be purchased online via Close19.com.