William Matheson founded Glenmorangie Distillery in 1843 when he was a partner in Balblair Distillery. The Morangie Farm was pretty famous for whisky making; the distilling records go back at least to 1660s.
Matheson, who lacked capital, purchased a pair of second hand stills of unusual height, over 5 meters. Today the distillery is equipped with six pairs of stills, all replicas of the original. The old-fashioned flask presented here was bottled, in our opinion, some time in the 1980s and most likely contains whisky distilled from barley malted on site (own maltings ceased in 1980).
Nose: fresh, grassy with delicate mineral notes and just a touch of peat, apples, gooseberries, breakfast cereals, vanilla, honey, hints of pine resin and oak.
Palate: malty and buttery, vanilla custard, crème brûlée, buttered toast, apples, peaches, lemon zest, walnuts, dash of salt and subtle oaky dryness.
Finish: long, malty and grassy, with delicate vanilla sweetness and dash of salt.