Since 1843, the Glenmorangie Distillery has produced some of the finest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies - but what's behind the name, and are the bottles worth finding? To answer these questions (and more), we decided to do an in-depth review of Glenmorangie and figure out what you can expect from them.

What Is Glenmorangie And What Does It Make?

Glenmorangie Distillery is a brewing company that focuses on Single Malt Scotch Whisky. If you're not familiar with the classification of drinks, this means that their beverages are distilled at a single location with a pot still process, use a mash of malted barley, and are matured for at least three years and one day within Scotland.

The company got its start in 1843 when founder William Matheson decided to create a distillery in the peaceful area of Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands (the northern region of the area).

What Makes Glenmorangie's Whiskey Unique?

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Several factors help to set Glenmorangie apart from other distilleries. The most notable of these is its reliance on the sixteen Men of Tain - employees who are welcomed, often at a young age, and taught to craft whiskey by making it over and over again. Unlike some of the more industrialized locations, Glenmorangie prefers to make things by hand.

The result is a selection of whiskeys that are never quite the same as any brew before - but the approach also makes it easy for the Men of Tain to experiment with the process and continuously discover new flavors and combinations. Over time, this has led to their products being split into five major categories.

Core Expressions

Prestige Expressions

Private Editions

Travel Retail Exclusives

Limited Editions

As you may have noticed from the descriptions of the categories, Glenmorangie's focus on managing casks is an integral part of the company. They're quite proud of it - and they regularly look for new types of casks that can impart creative new flavors to their drinks. In many ways, Glenmorangie believes that mastery of casks leads to the perfection of whiskey - and the focus on wood lends a distinct personality to their drinks.

Unlike most companies, Glenmorangie only uses its casks twice (versus as many as six times at other companies). This helps to ensure the maximum amount of flavor is extracted into each drink.

Aside from their focus on casks, Glenmorangie has one other claim to fame: the tallest stills in Scotland. Each of them is 8 meters high (about 26 feet), with their copper necks going another 5.14 meters up. The goal of these is simple: ensuring only the lightest vapors rise to be formed into drinks. This part of the process is a significant driver behind the smooth taste Glenmorangie is famed for.

Pricing

Pricing of Glenmorangie drinks varies widely - and prices aren't necessarily going to be matched by every store in an area. As such, the prices listed below are best understood as a range instead of a fixed price you'll be able to find.

The Original (Core Expression)

Signet (Prestige Expression)

Bacalta (Private Edition)

The Tarlogan (Travel Retail Exclusive)

Astar 2017 (Limited Edition)

Public Perception (Other Glenmorangie Reviews)

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Glenmorangie (or, more formally, The Glenmorangie Company Limited) doesn't have many reviews as a company. When we checked on Google, we found the business itself had only three Google reviews - which, interestingly, were all 5-stars.

Their drinks have far more reviews available, so these are what we decided to use. Note that these reviews are for different drinks - they're meant to provide a broad picture of the company's products as a whole.

The Original is the most widely-purchased product, and Distiller.com gave it an average rating of 3.4/5 after more than 2,600 reviews. That's a lot of reviews - enough to weed out any strange outliers - and a surprisingly low score for such a generally reputable company.

Unfortunately, most of the reviews explained little to nothing about what buyers liked or disliked - and this was a problem for our team. We prefer to focus on reviews that provide genuinely useful information, but many of Distiller.com's reviews only had a star rating. The sheer number of reviews helps to provide context, but without more information, we found this final score hard to trust.

From the reviews that did have comments, we noticed a strong element of personal preference. Some low reviews mentioned simply not liking it that much, while higher reviews mentioned the vanilla flavors and the general smoothness of the drink.

The Whisky Exchange

The Whiskey Wash

What We Think

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If you enjoy whiskey - and if you don't, why are you reading this? - we strongly recommend trying Glenmorangie. The reason for this is simple: They're creative and continually working to create new flavors. This is especially noticeable in any drink aged in at least one wine cask.

Whiskey preferences are a personal matter, so there's no way for us to predict exactly what you might like. The only thing you can do is experience it for yourself. Fortunately, the Core Expression line (where you should start) is priced quite competitively and available in most areas.

Coupons And Deals

Glenmorangie rarely offers direct discounts on its products. However, you may be able to score a deal on their drinks by buying from a larger retailer currently offering a discount on their products. These discounts tend to be grouped by category - so instead of looking for "Glenmorangie coupons," try something like "Scotch whiskey coupons." This is more likely to get you a discount.

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