Pride 1981: Ultamite Expression of Glenmorangie Whisky Unveiled

On 1st July 2011 Glenmorangie will reveal Pride 1981, the distillery’s most sublime single malt whisky to date. Characterised by the longest extra-maturation period of any Glenmorangie expression, the eagerly-anticipated 28-year-old single malt will be available in a limited edition of only 1,000 pieces, presented in a striking crystal decanter and wooden case.


Pride 1981 epitomises the excellence and innovation for which the Glenmorangie whisky creation team, headed by Dr Bill Lumsden, continually strives. Initially destined to be bottled as an 18-year-old, the on-going tasting and assessment of maturing stocks revealed that this whisky, distilled in October 1981, was of exceptional quality. Never complacent, fine wine enthusiast Dr Bill decided to press on; in 1999 he acquired a small number of barriques from Château d’Yquem and, thus armed, conceived the plan to create this masterpiece.


Château d’Yquem is the only Premier Cru Supérieur Sauternes and is renowned for its complexity and concentration. Glenmorangie Pride 1981 was matured in the barriques for a further 10 years – the longest period any Glenmorangie whisky has ever undergone extra-maturation. The resulting whisky is remarkably rich and opulent.


According to Dr Bill Lumsden; “The opportunity to age this superb 18-year-old for 10 years in Château d’Yquem casks was too exciting to pass up. The resulting liquid, one of our most mature to date, is characterised by rich flavours of sumptuous desserts and undertones of oak tannins, resulting from the extra-maturation process. We are always looking to push boundaries and innovate, and Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is the pinnacle of those efforts.”


A beguiling whisky with captivating aromas and flavours, the influence of the Sauternes casks produces the delectable scent and full texture of desserts such as apple tart, with sprinklings of Demerara sugar, nutmeg and aniseed.  These are underpinned by rich oak tones.  The addition of a splash of water releases exotic fruits and spices – sherbet lemons, melon, kiwi with background notes of liquorice and roasted chestnut.  Glenmorangie Pride 1981 has a lingering finish, succulent and sweet with sultanas, toasted almonds and coconut desserts.


Glenmorangie commissioned two design talents to create a unique objet d’art for the presentation of this exceptional whisky. In the same way that Pride 1981 fuses the traditions of whisky creation with viniculture, the packaging unites the contrasting crafts of glass crystal and wood design.  The curvaceous Baccarat crystal decanter is the work of talented French designer Laurence Brabant.  It is encased in a wooden box conceived by the Dutch designer, Wouter Scheublin, a rising star of furniture design.  The case has a classic beauty that fuses form with function and glides open, revealing a crystal decanter which holds the whisky.


Designers Brabant and Scheublin were commissioned after a long, in-depth international search; they share with Glenmorangie a deep passion for innovation, a dedication to craftsmanship and the ambition to constantly strive for the best.


Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is bottled at 56.7% ABV and is available at £2500