Glenmorangie Wood Finish Collection - Madeira - bottle from 1990s (70cl, 43%) ***sold***
One of the earliest examples of the distillery's pioneering wood finish programme, this was launched along with the Sherry Finish in 1996, in follow up to the Port Wood finish two years earlier. A Burgundy Wood Finish completed the quartet when launched in 2002. This, along with the Burgundy finish were discontinued in 2007, with the port and sherry versions repackaged as part of the new core range. Not stated on the domestic release, the US packaging confirms these to be 12 year old expressions.
Despite being owned by blenders, MacDonald & Muir, for most of the 20th century, Glenmorangie had an early focus on bottling its single malt. Some records show that its single malt was being sold as early as the late 19th century. This became the distillery's main output in 1959, and with the unique flavours derived from Scotland's tallest stills, Glenmorangie is now one of the world's biggest selling malts. As a result, the distillery portfolio over the years has been extensive, and little has been spared for independent bottlers. Pioneers of cask finishes, the distillery has never shied away from experimentation, and under the guiding hand of Maestro Dr Bill Lumsden they continue to release a variety of expressions to keep "The Sixteen Men of Tain" rushed off their feet.