Alcohol has been produced on the site the Glenmorangie Distillery now sits as far back as the middle ages, with documented evidence dating it back to 1738 when a brewery was built at Morangie Farm, sharing the farm’s Tarlogie Spring water source. Nearly 100 years later, in 1843, William Matheson purchased the farm and created the Glenmorangie Distillery. In 1918 its largest customer, Macdonald and Muir, purchased the distillery and would go on to control the company for the next 86 years.
They secured its water source during the 1980’s by purchasing over 600 acres of land when a planned development around it’s precious Tarlogie Springs looked likely. The Macdonald family control of Glenmorangie came to an end in 2004 when luxury brand LVMH purchased the company and began the process of repositioning it as a modern luxury whisky. The unique taste of Glenmorangie’s whisky is often said to be down to both their stills, which are the tallest in Scotland at 8m, and their wood-finishing techniques which were pioneered in the 1990’s by Dr. Bill Lumsden, who continues to experiment on finding the perfect cask to this day.