New York — Glenmorangie has won the top honor in this year’s Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards in the Distiller of the Year category, beating out an impressive list of nominees. “We are extremely honored to be recognized by Wine Enthusiast for the great yet unseen lengths that we go to in crafting our whisky,” said Brian Cox, Vice President of Glenmorangie. According to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Glenmorangie’s nomination resulted from its impressive innovation “ranging from polished classics and elegant cask-finished whiskies to its 2011 release of the luxurious Glenmorangie Pride 1981 bottling.”
Glenmorangie pioneered the now widely used techniques of extra maturation, best illustrated in its 12 years old Extra Matured Range: Lasanta (Sherry Finish), Quinta Ruban (Port Finish) and Nectar d’Or (Sauternes Finish). After spending 10 years in American white oak bourbon casks, each expression is extra-matured in superior quality wine casks for two more years. The original smoothness of Glenmorangie is enhanced by the rich layers of flavors and wine characteristics that each cask brings.
Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is the culmination of 28 years of passion, patience and artistry. Pride 1981 is the longest extra maturation Glenmorangie has ever offered. The whisky is matured in the finest oak casks for 18 years before being aged exclusively in Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes casks for another ten years. Presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter, it is an extremely rare, limited edition of only 1,000 bottles worldwide.
The distinguished Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award comes in addition to more than eighteen ‘Gold Best in Class’ medals from the International Wine and Spirit Competition that the Company has received over the past five years, cementing its reputation for creating an ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies.
Glenmorangie will be showcased with other winners in the December 15th issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and will be honored at the Wine Star Awards black-tie gala dinner in New York City on January 30, 2012.
The Glenmorangie distillery was founded in 1843 in the Highlands of Scotland and is renowned as a pioneer in its field for uniting tradition with innovation. Glenmorangie is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. It has been Scotland’s favorite single malt for over 50 years and is famous worldwide for producing the most complex and perfectly balanced Single Malts in the world.
About The Glenmorangie Company
The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company produces two main single malt brands – Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt Whisky.
About Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast Companies is the world’s number one source for wine accessories, storage, information, education, events and travel, and is a driving force in the marketplace. As part of the Wine Enthusiast family, Wine Enthusiast Magazine hosts events for consumers and the trade, such as the Toast of the Town walk-around food and wine event (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Atlanta) and The Annual Wine Star Awards dinner, during which awards are given to recipients in ten major industry categories.
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.