Glenmorangie – Unnecessarily Well Made

No one carries the magic of the Single Malt quite like Glenmorangie. Sheer romance in vanilla and citrusy fruitiness and the top of the line in both smoothness and complexity, this Whisky fascinates the world all over yet, can always traced back to the foggy glens of Scotland.

Here’s raising a glass to one of the best that the world of Whisky has known – Glenmorangie.

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The Glenmorangie Original, Ten Years Old (Image Source: https://goo.gl/2dB0Fz)

 

Glenmorangie Distillery has been known for producing the finest Single Highland malt Scotch Whisky since 1843. But how exactly does Glenmorangie manage to keep it’s promise of quality, year after year?

Firstly, they employ a very high-quality, low-production process that ensures that the Whisky is as good as it can possibly be. It starts with a rigid specification for malted barley. Being the only distillery in Scotland to have hard mineral water, they also very jealously guard their water supply.

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The Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Scotland (Image Source: https://goo.gl/unUHNv)

 

Glenmorangie’s painstaking Whisky-making process involves a series of steps right from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation, all eventually culminating in a dram of this wonderful single malt.  Furthermore, their stills are the tallest in Scotland. Their long copper necks stand at 5.14 metres (16ft 10 1/4 inches), the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe. This means that only the very lightest and purest vapours thereby giving the Whisky great delicacy and finesse. A tall still acts like a filter, and its pear shape makes the spirit seem almost perfumed. However, the fact that the Whisky is so delicate means that it will ruthlessly expose even the oddest of flavours, hence the entire process of distillation has to carried out very carefully and with extreme precision.

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Copper stills, inside the Glenmorangie Distillery (Image Source: http://goo.gl/v0bcui)

 

While perfectly good Whisky can be made using standard ex-bourbon barrels, Glenmorangie insists on barrels that are according to their own unique specifications. They are the only distillery that takes so long – roughly eight to 10 years from the tree first being cut down to the first filling of spirit at Glenmorangie.

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At Glenmorangie, only the finest oak casks are used for Whisky maturation.                                      (Image Source: http://goo.gl/jAKgW6)

 

They also hand-select the wood – tight-grained oak, with a small growth pattern, since this particular  type of wood has a more porous structure. Normally, when the tree is cut down, it is sent to the sawmill and then dried. It usually takes eight weeks from the tree being felled to the first filling of American bourbon Whisky. According to Dr. William Lumsden, the director of distilling and Whisky creation at the Glenmorangie Distillery, Scotland, this is a very short time, and he would actually prefer having his wood cut at the sawmill and then have the wood season in the open air for a minimum of two years, often three.

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Rows of fine oak barrels, filled with Whisky, waiting to mature.                                      (Image Source: http://goo.gl/qH1oby)

 

Barrels are then filled with American Whisky for four years to take the final bit of woodiness out. Only then does it finally come to Glenmorangie for eight to nine years.

But that’s not all. They then only use each one twice for Original (whilst many others use theirs up to five or six times), ensuring that the maximum amount of flavour is always extracted during maturation thus delivering a rounder, smoother taste.

Having pioneered extra maturation over 20 years ago, their Whisky creators continue to travel the world in their search for exceptional casks, simply because it is the casks that will provide additional, intriguing layers of flavours to the original character of Glenmorangie.

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Discarded barrels, outside the Glenmorangie Distillery (Image Source: http://goo.gl/5lv7px)

 

Over 170 years of producing Whisky on the same plot of land in the rolling highlands just outside Tain. Twenty-six craftsmen using water from the nearby Tarlogie Springs, the finest barley grown in the area, and the tallest stills in all of Scotland. Ten full years of maturation in first-and-second-fill white oak casks.

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The Men of Tain, 1703 (Image Source: http://goo.gl/Whj9aX)

 

Creating Scotland’s best selling Whisky is, more than anything, about the timing and the location. It’s all about taking things slow and steady, and doing them right, with pride. That’s how one achieves that truly unmatched balance and depth. That’s how one develops a taste so smooth and rich. That’s how one makes a single malt worthy of its name, its heritage and one’s glass.

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6 Beer Apps for Beer-Lovers!

From sound advice on what beer would go best with a meal, to locating a craft brewery serving that special wheat barley ale you’ve wanted to try, to a review of which establishments have the best cheese burgers and wings to go with those beers to helping plan a beer-sampling road trip –  this helpful round up of apps never fail to up the enjoyment level of your beer-drinking experience.

1. Untappd

1. Untappd

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: Untappd LLC
Price: Free

Often termed as the ‘Facebook’ of the beer-drinking world, this free social media app allows you to add friends and log and rate the beers you drink. Add a Wish List for those beers you’re eager to try. And once you start logging your drinks, Untappd will provide suggestions of new brews to provide some diversity in your beer drinking.

You can even earn badges and awards for drinking and add friends, toast and comment on their drinks, and take pictures of your brew to share with others.

Once you start building a backlog of beers you’ve enjoyed, you can start using it as a reference for later. When you walk into your local bar or bottling shop, you can quickly scan how you’ve graded past beers or even take a glance at your Wish List for those beers you’ve been wanting to try.

The only con? It doesn’t offer bottle barcode scanning, which makes the process of manual entering a bit of a pain.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

2. Brewery Passport

Brewery Passport

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: BakBurner Digital, LLC © 2016 BakBurner Digital, LLC
Price: Free

Brewery Passport is a fantastic way to find local craft beer in unfamiliar areas or to plan and chart out brewery visits when touring a new city. It’s “Find Breweries Nearby” feature brings up a list of breweries within a 50 mile radius of your current location. You can also search on a map or by specific location. Not only does this app allow you to keep track of your visits, take notes on the beers drank, and rate the brewery,  it also keeps all of this information in your personal brewery passport that you can revisit at a later date or share with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

3. Next Glass

2. Next Glass

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: Next Glass, Inc. © Next Glass, Inc.
Price: Free

The story goes that a bad wine recommendation led to the creation of Next Glass, an app that predicts whether that next wine or beer you buy will taste good to you.

The free app, learns your taste profile as you rate wines and beers, a feature which comes in extremely handy when you shop – for you can use the app to scan new bottles that you might want to buy. Next Glass displays ratings for you and friends who use the app, and you also get a calorie count.

After you download the app, you rate some wines or beers that you like and dislike. The app will use that to compare to its “Genomic Cellar,” a growing database of more than 23,000 bottles of wine and beer. Each one is analyzed at the molecular level to create a taste DNA. When you use the app to scan a wine or beer label, the app predicts your compatibility within 96% accuracy!

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

4. TapHunter 

3. Tap Hunter

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: TapHunter, Inc © 2009-2016 TapHunter, Inc
Price: Free

TapHunter is two things: it’s an industry tool for bar and restaurant owners & a consumer-facing mobile app for beer, spirit and cocktail lovers!

For the beverage industry, TapHunter provides on-and off-premise accounts with time- and money-saving tools that automatically updates beverage inventory on social media channels, websites, print menus and digital displays. This exposure empowers users by helping transform beer, spirits, and cocktail menus into valuable revenue producers.

Tap Hunter allows users to find local bars that serve craft beers, and tells users exactly what they will find on tap when they get there. Users can also search by beer and find out where it is being served near them.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

5. Elixr

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: ELIXR LLC Copyright © Elixr 2015
Price: Free

Elixr is the Instagram of drinks. By listing drinks instead of bars and restaurants, this app delivers a slew of photos into one’s feed, organizing everything into clean listings that are easy to scroll through.

The whole app revolves around specific drinks, allowing users to check in with their individual beverage. Simply put, instead of checking in at a certain bar, you’ll check in with the specific beer you’re drinking. The app even has a geolocation map of nearby bars, which can help users find the beer bar that has the type of brew they like. Even though this one isn’t strictly all about finding the best beer or wine around, you can definitely still use it to

Elixr doesn’t deal exclusively with beer, as it offers such info on all sorts of drinks, but its beer community is quite dedicated.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

6.Brewery Map

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Platforms: iOS, Android
Developer: SteadyServ Technologies © 2011 – 2015 SteadyServ Technologies
Price: 3.99$

This app is basically an interactive beer-tinerary for the best road trip of your life. It costs $3.99, but passionate beer lovers may find it worth the money. Enjoy 100% of your beery journey with a customized brewery road-trip itinerary. Plug in your location and your destination, and this nifty software uses crowdsourced map data to help you hit every brewery between here and there. Users can search based on three categories: location, road trip and brewery, and the app will serve up relevant info.

Find this app on Google Play or on the App Store now!

We’re sure all this talk about beer has definitely sparked off a raging alcohol craving in you already! So while you’re getting down to downloading your favourite beer app – why not quickly visit our fabulous range of the world’s best liquor only at www.bengalurudutyfree.in? You know what they say – “Keep Calm and Drink Up!”