A rare grain is the inspiration behind Glenmorangie’s latest limited edition single malt, Tùsail.
Every year since 2010, Glenmorangie has released a rare single malt crafted and designed to inspire and intrigue whisky connoisseurs and collectors. Glenmorangie Tùsail is the sixth release in this award-winning series, the Private Edition collection, and draws on the unique taste of a barley which was almost lost to the world.
Maris Otter’s characteristic taste was left in peril
Maris Otter barley was first commercially harvested 50 years ago and its depth of flavour meant it soon became a cornerstone of England’s craft-brewing industry. But the demand for the barley variety began to fall as producers switched to varieties with greater efficiencies – and Maris Otter’s characteristic taste was left in peril.
Realising the danger, two British seed merchants formed a partnership which would re-establish the grain’s purity and save Maris Otter from being wiped out – and their efforts attracted the attention of Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden.
‘The perfect match for a Glenmorangie single malt’
“When we heard the story of those determined to preserve such a flavoursome grain, their ethos – and the barley itself – seemed the perfect match for a Glenmorangie single malt,” explained Bill.
“I knew its deep flavour profile would provide an intriguing contrast to Glenmorangie’s more delicate house style, creating a whisky to enchant connoisseurs.”
Glenmorangie Tùsail is available in specialist whisky shops across the UK from January 21, priced £75.99.
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