Glenmorangie has a new vintage, a real vintage at that. The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 in every sense of the word is aged properly. It sat in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks the entire time without any interruptions via treatments. The new 26-year-old vintage is the first expression of LVMH-owned Scottish distillery’s Bond House No.1 Collection. If you are wondering, it is not named for James Bond, but after company’s 19th century bonded warehouses.
The single malt Scotch comes from a 1989 barley harvest, said be one of the most challenging harvests known in recent history for whiskey makers. Also memorable is the year 1990. That year, the Warehouse No.1, where they keep casks of maturing whiskeys, was transformed into an impressive still house. Today the warehouse is famous for having the tallest stills in Scotland. They are 26.25-ft high with 16.25-ft long copper necks – apparently, as tall as a fully grown giraffe. These long necks make sure the vapors travel the long distance to the top, making the whiskey smoother and more elegant.
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, said: “The Bond House No 1 collection gives connoisseurs a unique opportunity to explore the individuality each year has lent our award-winning spirit. I’m delighted that Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 will launch the collection. Even today, few can explain how a spirit so delicious could emerge from a barley crop of such challenges. Combined with a quarter-century of Glenmorangie’s exceptional cask expertise, its finesse and vibrancy have been preserved through the ages, to create a whiskey brimming with aromas of heather honey, mandarin and candied fruits and tastes of orange syrup and vanilla, zesty, herbal top notes, baked apples and brown sugar.”
They created this collection with collectors in mind. Undoubtedly, Glenmorangie and LVMH plan to add more unique single malt whiskeys in the coming years to the Bond collection. The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 is bottled at 43% ABV and retail for £490 (about $600).