Glenmorangie Distillery’s legendary craftsmen, the Men of Tain, will share the secrets of their famed single malt whisky at the distillery’s open weekend later this month.
Visitors to Glenmorangie Distillery on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May will enjoy unprecedented access to the distillery’s innovative whisky-making process – and an insight into the pioneering work undertaken by the Men of Tain to protect its environment and heritage.
This is the third time Glenmorangie has opened its doors to the community as part of a wider initiative by the LVMH Group, known as Les Journées Particulières, which showcases the diversity of craftsmanship and expertise across the Group’s global houses. As part of the open weekend, Glenmorangie will welcome visitors of all ages, offering a range of activities designed to appeal to the whole family.
Family entertainment, including music from the Tain Pipe Band, falconry displays, face painting and complimentary refreshments such as local seafood, cheese, ice-cream and a barbecue will also be on offer.
Glenmorangie is also committed to sustaining and enhancing the fragile beauty of its peaceful setting on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. The distillery’s innovative project to improve the Dornoch Firth’s marine ecosystem is a big focus of the weekend, inviting visitors to explore the work underway on the DEEP project – an ambitious plan to restore ancient oyster and shellfish beds in the Firth. Experts from the distillery’s partners, the Marine Conservation Society and Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, will be on hand to explain the project. A touch tank will also give children a hands-on experience of sea life.
About the weekend’s activities:
Cask filling: Eight times each day, visitors will be given the first-ever opportunity to fill Glenmorangie’s handmade American oak casks alongside the Men of Tain, in the distillery’s filling store. As part of the process, they will drop the filling arm into a barrel until the fill level is reached. They will then seal the cask, before it is rolled outside for the visitors to chalk their name on the cask they have filled and capture a souvenir photograph.
Tasting master classes: The master classes, led by members of Glenmorangie’s Whisky Creation Team, will feature the distillery’s flagship whisky Glenmorangie Original; Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, the darkest and most intense whisky from the distillery’s extra-matured range, and Glenmorangie Tayne, from Glenmorangie’s Legends Collection, which is only available in travel-retail outlets and at the distillery. The master classes take place regularly throughout the weekend.
Distillery tours: Tours will allow visitors to experience all stages of the whisky-making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Within the Still House, known at the distillery as the Highland Cathedral, stand the tallest stills in Scotland. Their height ensures that only the lightest and most delicate vapours ascend to the top, condensing into a supremely elegant spirit ready for maturation. The tour finishes with a visit to the traditional earth-floored warehouses where visitors will learn about the distillery’s flagship expression, Glenmorangie Original, matured exclusively in the finest first and second-fill white oak ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of ten years creating a smoother, rounder whisky. They will learn why Glenmorangie has for years led the industry in the pioneering use of only the finest casks. Tours take place throughout the weekend.
Sonic tastings: Sonic tastings of Glenmorangie Signet provide an immersive, sensory experience which open up an extra dimension to this whisky. The lights are dimmed and visitors are given a dram of Glenmorangie Signet, along with headphones which provide a unique recording to guide them through the various stages of the Glenmorangie Signet experience. As they proceed with the tasting, visitors are surrounded by sounds such as thundering hooves, crashing waves, the mournful cry of gulls, music and voices, which help to heighten their senses and enhance their appreciation of Glenmorangie Signet’s inimitable character.
Booking is recommended for the above activities, which are all free of charge. Glenmorangie Distillery is open to all from 10am-4:30pm on the 21st and 22nd May. Entry is free. Booking is advisable for cask-filling, tasting master classes and tours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01862 892477.