Based near the town of Tain in north-east Scotland, the Glenmorangie Distillery produces single malt whiskies with a reputation that has spread far beyond the borders of its native land. The LVMH-owned single malt Scotch distillery has just launched Bond House No 1, an exclusive collection of vintage single malt whiskies. The first expression of the collection, Grand Vintage Malt 1990, represents a memorable ’89 barley harvest and the challenges that have given birth to a miraculously delicious spirit. Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 is bottled at 43% ABV and prices around $600.
Scotland’s favourite malt whisky Glenmorangie is well-known for integrating tradition and innovation. The collection Bond House No 1 is created for connoisseurs who would appreciate the most prestigious aged whisky. The first release in the collection is Grand Vintage Malt 1990, a memorable year for Glenmorangie. It was in 1990 that Warehouse No 1, where the Distillery’s casks of maturing spirit were kept, was transformed into a majestic still house, renowned today for having the tallest stills in Scotland.
That year is remembered as the time of a barley harvest that proved problematic for whisky makers. Despite the challenges, Glenmorangie nurtured the spirit to create a whisky defined by its elegance and overflowing with floral and fruity aromas. Aged for 25 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, the vintage is the first expression of a collection that will be joined by other unique single malt whiskies in the years ahead.
The Grand Vintage Malt 1990 is enriched with complex aromas of marzipan and ginger chocolate, spiced honey/metheglin, light touches of caraway with an underpinning of stewing citrus fruits. It is very soft on the palate first before the spices (ras el hanout, cinnamon) come through, along with Violet Crumble, lemon verbena and mint leaves.