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Glenmorangie releases 50 rare bottles of The Glenmorangie 1963, with a toast to Lamborghini, born in 1963, on its 50th anniversary
Since 1843, Glenmorangie has been on a journey as an industry pioneer. Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. The distillery is renowned as a pioneer in the whisky industry, uniting tradition with innovation. Glenmorangie was awarded the prestigious title of “Distiller of the Year” by the International Wine & Spirits Competition and has consistently won more “Gold Best in Class” medals than any other single malt over the past six years at the IWSC. Wine Enthusiast also named Glenmorangie “Distiller of the Year” in 2011.
In 2013, Glenmorangie celebrates The Glenmorangie 1963 by re-releasing 50 bottles of this rare single malt scotch whisky. The Glenmorangie 1963 is not only a sublime sensory experience but the pioneer of extra maturation for the whisky industry. Distilled in 1963 and originally released in 1987, The Glenmorangie 1963 was the first-ever bottling of Glenmorangie to be released from a single year. In addition, it is the earliest known commercial bottling of a whisky that has been ‘wood finished’ – or matured in an oak cast – and subsequently transferred to another cask that had previously contained an exquisite wine or richly-flavored spirit, to provide an additional, subtle range of flavor to complement the signature character of the whisky. In May 1987, 6,000 bottles were released at prestigious retailers, such as Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason and at legendary bars, such as London’ Claridges. Critics and connoisseurs greeted the release with applause. Today, the age and spirit of this revolutionary liquid remains intact. With the blessing of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s celebrated Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, the whisky has been decanted into bottles reminiscent of the original shape. Each bottle is labeled with .925 silver and individually encased in at ‘Time Capsule’ leather-strapped box, numbered 1-50 for release in 2013.
Born in 1963, 2013 also marks Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary as the manufacturer of some of the world’s most sought after supercars, ‘100 years of innovation in half the time’. Lamborghini has pioneered technology and Italian craftsmanship that has become the benchmark for high performance and luxurious super sports cars everywhere. Established in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese in northeastern Italy. With the introduction of the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster in 2013 Lamborghini has established a new landmark in the history of luxury super sports cars. With more than 120 dealers worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of super sports cars, dynamic and elegant, including the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Reventón Coupé, Reventón Roadster, Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé and Spyder, Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the open version LP 570-4 Spyder Performante and Aventador LP 700-4.
To celebrate these milestones, Glenmorangie and Lamborghini, in association with VisitScotland, shared in a breath-taking and picturesque journey on 24 July 2013 through the West Highlands in Scotland, finishing the journey at Glenmorangie House where a dinner was held with a tasting of The Glenmorangie 1963 with Dr Bill Lumsden. This joint celebration not only marks a 50 year journey for Lamborghini and Glemorangie as industry pioneers, but their commitment to an unnecessarily well-made future.
The journey started with a succession of Lamborghini’s dynamic and elegant super sports cars, including the V12 flagship Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP 700-4, launched this year, and a range of V10 Lamborghini Gallardo models. In four-and-a-half hours, drivers traversed some of Scotland’s most famous destinations: stunning Loch Lomond, mysterious Loch Ness and the beautifully preserved Fort William. Travel time was only broken for a sumptuous lunch at Inverlochy Castle, a Relais & Chateau property with a Michelin star restaurant. The drive showcased the richness of the Scottish countryside and scenery, ending at Glenmorangie House.
Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth, Glenmorangie House is the perfect haven in which to immerse in the Glenmorangie spirit and heritage and is conducive to exploring the distinguished whisky expressions of Glenmorangie, expressions that come to life at the nearby Distillery. At the Distillery, viewers can see the famous 12 stills, the tallest in Scotland, the height of which further demonstrate that Glenmorangie will go to any lengths to pursue perfection. There, to mark this anniversary, Dr Bill Lumsden, held an exclusive tasting of The Glenmorangie 1963, after which Paul Skipworth, President and Managing Director of Glenmorangie, presented the first of the re-released 50 bottles to Giorgio Sanna, chief test driver from Automobili Lamborghini’s Research & Development Department, as a gift on Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary.
“Lamborghini is privileged to have its 50th anniversary honored by this rare whisky,” said Giorgio Sanna. “Lamborghini is delighted to be acknowledged by an icon such as Glenmorangie, which understands what it means to be an industry pioneer.”
“Glenmorangie recognizes innovators who share our pioneering spirit,” said Paul Skipworth. “We toast Lamborghini with the very special Glenmorangie 1963 on 50 successful years – a milestone in the history of luxury super sports cars.”
Half a century has passed since the 1963 whisky was distilled and then released to the world in 1987 as the first ever extra matured single malt scotch. Since 1963, Glenmorangie has continued on a journey of craftsmanship, creativity and passion first started in 1843, using this inspiration of the past to shape future whisky creations. Today, Glenmorangie is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Company produces two main single malt brands – Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt. Visit www.glenmorangie.com for additional information. For further information on Automobili Lamborghini and its 50th Anniversary, please visit: www.lamborghini.com.
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The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.