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Sweetening the stills

Postby Rob Allanson » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:43 pm

An age-old whisky custom of 'sweetening the stills' has taken place at the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, recently.

The tradition is all the more poignant as the last man to sweeten the stills at the Distillery nearly 20-years ago (1990), John Murray - one of the famous "16 Men of Tain" - has passed the 'honour' on to his son, Dougie Murray.

Four new copper pot stills - the tallest in Scotland - installed as part of a major expansion at the distillery, have been 'christened' with a unique botanical recipe of herbs and heather to prepare them for the restart of whisky production at the distillery in April.

Dougie Murray, also one of the "16 Men of Tain", along with the Glenmorangie Distillery Manager, Andy Macdonald, gathered the fragrant ingredients from the nearby Morangie Hill for the private ceremony

The herbs were immersed in boiling water and distilled through the stills to 'take the edge' off the new copper.

Glenmorangie's four new, towering, swan-necked stills are made from copper and follow exactly the same design of the original stills installed when the distillery opened in 1843.
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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby kallaskander » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:16 pm

Hi there,

myth and/or wishfull thinking? Probably cliniging to a marketing gimmick too good to miss?

"Tallest Stills

Monday, 16 March 2009

Whisky industry marketing departments are renown for exaggerated claims.


One company claimed that their recently installed stills are the tallest in Scotland at 5.14 metres. I am sure this was just wishful thinking, for Bruichladdich's spirit stills are a full metre taller at 6.17 metres."


http://www.laddieblog.com/laddieblog/Bl ... tills.html


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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby kallaskander » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:12 pm

Hi there,

other sources say that Glenmorangie has

the tallest in Scotland at 26 ft 3 in (8.0 m) tall, with 10 feet 1.25 inches (3.080 m) necks,

that is wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenmorangie

the tallest in Scotland with a height of 5.14 metres

whiskyguide http://www.thewhiskyguide.com/Highlands ... angie.html

There seems to have been a press releasr issiued by whoever when the new stills were build in tha spoke of 5.14 metres as well.

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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby The Third Dram » Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:56 pm

Whatever their 'status' in the 'pot-still height competition' may be, the ones at Glenmorangie certainly possess elegant proportions.
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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby Iain » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:24 pm

[quote="The Third Dram"]Whatever their 'status' in the 'pot-still height competition' may be, the ones at Glenmorangie certainly possess elegant proportions.[/quote]

Indeed. They are the Jodie Kidds of the whisky world.
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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby LagaDrinker » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:01 am

Who is Jodie Kidd?
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Re: Sweetening the stills

Postby les taylor » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:10 am

[quote="LagaDrinker"]Who is Jodie Kidd?[/quote]


A very tall model, but not as tall as the Glenmo stills.



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