The toil of ‘the 16 men of Tain’

Tues. 16 July 2018

One of my faithfuls recently gifted me this half-bottle of Glenmorangie Original single-malt Scotch whisky, so I thought I’d look into its provenance since I’ve never bothered to do so in the past, even though I’m familiar with this whisky and especially like their other bottlings of extra-matured wood finishes (particularly the port-barrel finish, now called the “Quinta Ruban”). Those who appreciate single malts will probably find this of interest.

Here we go: Glenmorangie is a Highland single-malt whisky from the Glenmorangie distillery in the town of Tain, and its stills are reputedly the tallest in Scotland. Tain is a small Highland town on the south shore of Dornoch Firth in the county of Ross. Tain is due north of Inverness, which is north-west of Aberdeen, so it is indeed quite far to the north of Scotland, as the box states.

The distillery was founded in 1843 but unfortunately is no longer independent, having become part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy empire in 2004. Apparently quite a few changes were made after that acquisition, with a distinct French influence asserting itself (such as new bottle shapes – you can see the cognac-bottle curves of this Glenmorangie half-bottle even in my pic here). But, all is still well and “the men of Tain” do not toil in vain (although there are doubts whether there are still only 16 of them tending the distillery’s 12-odd stills).

Needless to say, the faithful who presented me with this much-appreciated gift was duly punished for only bringing me a half bottle.

To read some details about this single malt, Wikipedia is as usual a good place to start: Glenmorangie distillery. And I have myself gone on about single malts before: A fine malt and something to go with it.

The next time you enjoy a wee dram, think of me.

Mistress Geo