A rare quality barley is the inspiration behind Glenmorangie's latest expression. Glenmorangie Tùsail, the sixth release in the Private Edition collection, draws on the taste of Maris Otter barley, almost lost to the world if not for the efforts of a few loyal proponents.
Maris Otter winter barley, recognised for its unique depth of flavour, was first commercially harvested 50 years ago. When the demand for the barley variety began to fall due to the introduction of varieties with greater efficiencies, its characteristic taste was left in peril. Realising the threat, two British seed merchants formed a partnership which would save Maris Otter from being wiped out.
Their efforts soon attracted the attention of Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation. Dr Bill Lumsden ordered a batch of the winter barley and arranged for it to be traditionally floor-malted for use in Glenmorangie Tùsail (Scots Gaelic for 'originary').
Dr. Bill explained: "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. I knew its deep flavour profile would provide an intriguing contrast to Glenmorangie's more delicate house style, creating a whisky to enchant connoisseurs. The result pays homage to the Maris Otter variety, with rich, rustic flavors of nut toffee, sweet barley malt, ginger, cinnamon, molasses and dates, complementing the more familiar Glenmorangie notes of peaches, oranges and smoked pears."