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Whisky Advocate: Glenmorangie Unveils New Experimental Distillery, The Lighthouse

September 17, 2021

In the world of single malt Scotch, Dr. Bill Lumsden is a fearless explorer. With curiosity as his compass, the head of distilling and whisky creation at The Glenmorangie Distillery Co. has created a range of wine cask finishes, harnessed mocha flavors with Glenmorangie Signet, cultivated wild yeast for Allta, and used grain from the property’s own barley fields for its Cadboll Estate expression.

Now, Lumsden is setting sail on a new ship, as Glenmorangie unveils the Lighthouse, an experimental distillery where he will pursue his wildest whisky dreams. “I clearly will be making products which will be proudly labeled as Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky, but I have the capability to do all sorts of other things,” says Lumsden. “I haven’t really got a crystal-clear picture of everything I’m going to do, but it’s certainly a distinct possibility that we may have products going into market which are not actually Scotch whisky.”

The Lighthouse is located on the Glenmorangie campus, and is surrounded by glass walls that tower over the main distillery buildings. The giraffe neck stills in the new facility were made by Forsythe and resemble those of the main distillery. The Lighthouse also has a brewhouse attached, and a sensory laboratory on the top floor.

Both Lumsden and Glenmorangie president and CEO Thomas Moradpour emphasize the balance of Scotch whisky’s storied tradition with the dynamic possibilities of its future. “We have to think about maintaining a house style and its integrity and its quality, but also pushing the boundaries to introduce products that may see the light of day in 10 years, 15 years, 20 years,” Moradpour says. Whisky Advocate has the full story.—Ted Simmons

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