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Glenmorangie opens The Lighthouse innovation distillery

Glenmorangie has announced the doors to its innovation distillery, named the Lighthouse, are now open, providing a space that promises to bring an array of new flavours to whisky. In this space, at the heart of the Highland distillery, whisky makers will have the chance to redefine their processes to create spirit-led Glenmorangies.

As a brand known for pushing boundaries, from wood finishing to Glenmorangie Signet’s mocha flavours, and the Private Edition series, director of whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden is endlessly experimental. His ‘What if...?’ approach has inspired the Lighthouse, the first on-site innovation distillery dedicated to a single malt brand and created solely for experimentation. 

The multi-million-pound Lighthouse is named for its landmark approach to whisky. Like an actual lighthouse, the 20m-high stillhouse can be seen for miles around. Offering unique flexibility with ingredients and processes, it is designed for deliciousness, rather than yield. Key areas of innovation include the stillhouse, equipped with two giraffe-high stills; brewhouse constructed in the traditional style of the main distillery; and the sensory laboratory located above the stillhouse with coastal views.

Dr Bill said: “Our Lighthouse is the new home of imagination. Here, we’ll indulge our most fantastical ideas as we strive to create a whole array of different flavours. We will play with raw ingredients and make small adjustments and big changes in ways never tried before. Nothing is off limits, as long as it’s delicious.”

Thomas Moradpour, president and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “Global demand for Glenmorangie is growing significantly. The first of its kind, our Lighthouse experimental distillery is the keystone of our plans to stay at the forefront of taste innovation. By giving our talented creation team free rein, we will welcome even more consumers worldwide to enjoy delicious whiskies.”

To mark the Lighthouse opening, Glenmorangie is releasing a soft and fruity whisky, limited to 3,000 bottles. Glenmorangie Lighthouse is created with bourbon and sherry casks now encased in the Lighthouse’s walls. At 12 years old it is available only at the distillery, its spectrum of flavours is a sign of all the wondrous whiskies yet to come.

13 September 2021 - Phoebe Calver