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--- Re-release of Glenmorangie 1963 celebrates creation of extra-maturation ---
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The "world's first" wood-finished whisky was recently discovered in a hidden corner of one of Glenmorangie's expansive Highland warehouses. Only fifty bottles of the historic whisky, first distilled in 1963 and bottled in 1987, were uncovered. The natural next step was to share this extraordinarily rare expression with the discerning palettes of loyal Glenmorangie enthusiasts.
Glenmorangie 1963 is going to be offered in a commemorative bottle fitting of its iconic 1960s heritage including the original label. A blast from the sophisticated past, the new packaging emanates a universally compelling "time capsule" mystique.
This unique Glenmorangie expression was extra-matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for almost two years, before being released in 1987. Dr. Bill Lumsden has since gone on to lead the world in the innovative field of extra-maturation in single malt production.
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, said: "Glenmorangie 1963 is a unique opportunity for aficionados to sample a truly ground-breaking single malt whisky. It marked the first venture into extra-maturation, so it's a real slice of history for collectors. This is a phenomenal whisky capable of transporting those lucky enough to sample it back in time to the heady days of 1963."
Each of the bottles is engraved with a unique number and is presented in a metal "time capsule"-style box. The box has a polished oak wood interior, and contains a luxurious booklet customised with a hand-signed note of authenticity from Dr. Bill. The labels, collar and cork are made of the purest .925 solid silver.
Glenmorangie 1963 is a warm walnut brown in colour and on nosing offers a beguiling mix of toasted coconut, vanilla fudge and cherries. Glenmorangie 1963 offers notes of juicy peaches, pineapples and sweet caramelised oranges, dusted with Demerara sugar. Notes of nutmeg, marzipan and walnuts are also prevalent; characteristic of Oloroso Sherry cask finishing.
Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie Brand Director, said "Glenmorangie 1963 clearly highlights our commitment to innovation as well as our unparalleled pursuit of perfection to craft unnecessarily well-made whiskies."
Just 50 bottles of this exceptional whisky remain from 50 years ago. 20 of these bottles will be made available for purchase in the US at a suggested retail selling price of $2600 through top end stores and whisky specialists worldwide.
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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 Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create 'unnecessarily well made whiskies.'
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
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