Packaging photograph of Glenmorangie - The Original

Glenmorangie Distillery, Scotland

The Glenmoragnie Distillery is another of the popular destinations in our Highlands Distillery tour. The Glenmorangie distillery produces a range of very well known (and loved) Single Malt Whiskys – at the time of writing 12 different variations ranging from the original ten year old to a twenty-five year old. Different casks are used to subtly amend the flavors of the various offerings.

Packaging photograph of Glenmorangie - The Original

Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – The Original


In 1738 production of alcohol started at the Morangie farm with a brewery which used the farm’s water supply, the Tarlogie Spring. The farm was acquired in 1843 and the brewery converted to a distillery using a couple of second-hand gin stills. It was shortly after this that the distillery was named Glenmoraninie.

In 1918 The distillery was purchased by it main customer Macdonald and Muir.

Macdonald and Muir retained control of the distillery for almost ninety years until it was sold to the French company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2004. Since then the brand has been overhauled with new variants and a packaging update.

To meet demand the number of stills increased from two to four in 1977. In the eighties it was decided that the distillery’s water supply needed to be protected to ensure both quality and quantity, and, land surrounding the Tarlogie Spring was purchased. In 1990 another four stills were added. Two new fermentation vessels were built in 2002 and a further four stills were added in 2009, bringing the total to twelve. It’s surprising to learn that over all this time and with the expansion from two to twelve stills that the staff responsible for the distillery, the ‘Men of Tain’ as they are known, remains constant at just sixteen people. The ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’ are responsible for keeping the distillery operating 24×7 throughout the year, with breaks only for Christmas and essential maintenance.

In addition to Glenmoragnie the company also produces the Ardbeg single Islay malt from its distillery based on the Island of Islay.

Visiting the Glenmorangie Distillery you’ll notice a unique feature, which began with the purchase of the second-hand gin stills. The stills are the tallest in Scotland at 26ft 3in (8.00 metres) tall, with 16 ft 10.25 in (5.1372 metres) necks.

The Stills at Glenmoragnie. Photograph: Jack Shainsky

The Stills at Glenmoragnie. Photograph: Jack Shainsky

Map – Glenmoragnie Distllery, Tain, Scotland

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Google Street View of the Glenmorangie Distillery

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Glenmoranigie Distillery Website Note. You have to confirm you are over 18 years of age before you can enter the website.
Glenmorangie on Wikipedia

A photograph of the award winning 'The Singleton of Glen Ord' whisky. Photograph: Cognis PR. -

Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

The Glen Ord Distillery is one of three distilleries we visit on our ‘Distillery Tour’. The distillery has passed through several hands since it started life in 1838. It is now owned by Diageo Distilling, which was formed when former owners Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan in 1997.

A photograph of the award winning 'The Singleton of Glen Ord' whisky from the Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland. Photograph: Cognis PR. -

The Singleton of Glen Ord only available in Asia – or the Glen Ord Distillery visitor centre in Scotland

The distillery specializes in providing whisky for blending, and specialist brands to the Asian markets. If you are a fan of The Singleton of Glen Ord, the distillery visitor center is the only place outside of Asia where you can buy it! If you like ‘a wee dram’ you’re in luck. The £6.00 price of the guided tour of the distillery itself includes a sample (price checked August 2013).


The history of Glen Ord is entwined with Scottish lore and the MacKenzies of Ord. The Glen Ord distillery was founded in 1838 by Thomas MacKenzie. Originally called Ord, the distillery was re-named Glenoran in 1882. It finally became known as Glen Ord in 1923, when it was sold to John Dewar & Sons. Dewar’s are well-known for their blended whiskies, and still use Glen Ord whiskies in their blends to this day.

The current distillery has an annual production capacity of five million litres. Six new copper stills are being added to the distillery in 2013/2014 to double the production capacity to ten million litres a year. The remainder of the whisky, not used for creating blends, is marketed as single malts exclusively in south-east Asia and Japan.


For health & safety reasons, children under 8 years old are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery.

A full list of opening hours and prices is given on the distillery website

[dacallout type=big]Due to construction work ‘mini tours’ only are available between August 20, 2013 and November 18, 2013. Admission is reduced to £3.00. The good news is you still get a sample![/dacallout]

Map – Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

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Google Street View of the Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

Interestingly you can ‘drive through’ the distillery with the Google car in Street View! There are lots of signs of the impending construction to be seen.

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