Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the rarest, oldest and deepest single malt ever to emerge from LVMH’s Glenmorangie Distillery. The release is the very pinnacle of the brand’s Pride series that includes the exclusive bottlings of Pride 1981 (released in 2011) and Pride 1978 (2014). Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the third limited-edition release in the Pride collection, which showcases the distillery’s rare and treasured malts. There will only be 503 crystal decanters available worldwide.
Crafted by Bill Lumsden, the new release was laid down on 30 October 1974. For 41 years, the whisky’s spirit was cherished as it was maturing in the finest ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. Just as the two parcels reached their crescendo, they were married together in perfect harmony. Their inspired union brings forth a whisky with intensely rich depths, which speak of its long maturation. Balanced by a smoothness and finesse, this is a single malt beyond comparison.
The exceptional release emits the aroma of salted caramel toffee and chocolate truffles, rum-and- raisin ice- cream and a hint of aged balsamic vinegar, for a nose wonderfully deep and rich. Add a splash of water to conjure warm brioche, yeast flour, ginger-snap biscuits and gentle blood orange, followed by baked bread and cedar wood. A soft, gentle mouthfeel leads to the astonishing vibrancy of baked apples, oranges, honey and menthol. Then toffee comes forth, balanced by molasses, double cream, spicy clove and aniseed. Pecan nuts and leather mingle with fudge and creamy caffè latte, for an aftertaste that is lingering and gently soothing.
To celebrate the release of the distillery’s oldest whisky, Glenmorangie and piano maker Steinway & Sons, have collaborated with Steinway artist Aaron Diehl, to compose a piece of music. Bottled at 52% ABV, Glenmorangie Pride 1974 ($9,050) will be released in May.
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