To Celebrate the Release of the Limited Edition Expression, distillery partners with Steinway & Sons artist Aaron Diehl to create a musical composition evoking the rare beauty of the whisky.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky announces a new limited edition release – Glenmorangie Pride 1974 – the third and most prestigious expression in the distillery’s Pride series, which celebrates rare and treasured creations. Designed for connoisseurs, only 503 crystal decanters of the $9,050, 41 year old single malt exist, arriving in the U.S. in April 2017.
This exquisite single malt whisky owes its exquisite character to the marriage of two whiskies from two casks, one matured for its entire life in ex-bourbon casks, the other in ex-Oloroso sherry butts. The whisky exhibits a salty and spicy character, intensified with age and showcases Glenmorangie’s dedication to its craft and wood management.
Glenmorangie Pride 1974 was created from spirit distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills by Glenmorangie’s legendary Men of Tain. Laid down the finest casks on October 30, 1974 – the spirit spent decades maturing under the expert care of these select craftsmen, until Glenmorangie’s inspired Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks deemed that it had reached its very peak. Only then, did Dr. Bill Lumsden skilfully marry the two parcels together – realizing his vision for Glenmorangie’s oldest expression, deeper in color and character than any other.
Tasting Notes: Glenmorangie Pride 1974
(Non chill-filtered and bottled at 52% ABV; $9,050 US SRP)
Nose: Wonderful, deep, rich, salty and spicy flavors. Salted caramel toffee, chocolate truffles. Turkish delight, rum-and-raisin ice cream, and a hint of aged balsamic vinegar. Three or four drops of water release myriad complex vapors, reminiscent of warn brioche, yeast flour, ginger-snap biscuits and subtle, gentle blood orange, finally giving way to more hints of brioche, baked bread and cedar wood.
Taste: For a whisky of such age, the mouthfeel is soft, leading to surprisingly vibrant flavors of baked apples, oranges, honey and menthol. Lots of toffee, molasses, double cream and spicy clove and anise.
Finish: The aftertaste is lingering but gently soothing, with pecan, leather, fudge and creamy café latte.
“Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the oldest and deepest Glenmorangie ever to be released. Its age lends the whisky an enriched intensity, born only of a slow, patient maturation. With its harmonic depths and exquisite melodies, Aaron Diehl’s inspired composition captures the whisky’s rare beauty.”
– Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks
The most prized Highland single malt whisky ever to emerge from Glenmorangie has also become the inspiration for musical virtuoso Aaron Diehl, as part of Glenmorangie’s creative partnership with renowned piano maker Steinway & Sons. Glenmorangie Pride 1974 embodies the distillery’s tradition of creativity and craftsmanship – values shared by the acclaimed piano maker. The whisky’s beauty is so rare that it has inspired a musical composition reflecting its 41 years of maturation, its extraordinary depth, creative spirit, and the whisky’s artistry.
Diehl found inspiration at the distillery where Glenmorangie’s exceptional whisky has been crafted since 1843. His piece, titled Echoes of the Glen of Tranquillity, echoes the creative spirit of Glenmorangie Pride 1974, drawing on its depth of character and its long maturation, nurtured by the Men of Tain. Aaron Diehl’s composition was unveiled in New York on March 23, 2017.
“In many ways, creating whisky is very similar to composing. The rare beauty of Glenmorangie Pride 1974 combines years of uncompromising craft and painstaking attention to detail, with a creativity and passion any musician would recognise. Its story inspired me to create a work echoing the whisky’s depth of character, its long maturation and its astonishing tastes.”
– Steinway & Sons Artist Aaron Diehl