NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenmorangie, Scotland's favorite single malt Scotch, today announced its global master brand ambassador David Blackmore has been named 2013 Scotch whisky Ambassador of the Year by Whisky magazine. This marks the second year in a row Blackmore has been bestowed with the honor by this premier publication.
Blackmore leads Glenmorangie's single malt Scotch whisky education program in the U.S., hosting tastings and consumer-facing events across the country. Working with thousands of whisky novices and connoisseurs alike, Blackmore's initiatives have helped Glenmorangie become the fastest growing single malt whisky in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year.
"David's passion for whisky education and ability to make the complexity of Glenmorangie accessible to others is unparalleled," said Brian Cox, Vice President of Glenmorangie in the U.S. "He is a consummate professional, and he has made teaching about whisky an art form. David is truly in a class of his own and we are honored he's been a part of our family for the last six years."
Blackmore is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has honed his skills working alongside the famous Sixteen Men of Tain at The Glenmorangie Distillery and with the whisky creators at Ardbeg distillery.
Prior to his tenure at Glenmorangie, Blackmore spent three years at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Scotland and London. During this time, he chaired the prestigious "Tasting Panel," which is responsible for selecting casks for maturation.
The fastest growing single malt whisky in the U.S., Glenmorangie has received tremendous accolades from the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible and the Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards. Over the last five years Glenmorangie has won more "Gold Best in Class" medals than any other single malt from the International Wine and Spirits Competition and was named Glenmorangie the 2012 Distiller of the Year.
Glenmorangie originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. The distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in the whisky industry, uniting tradition with innovation. Most recently, at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Glenmorangie was awarded the prestigious title of 'Distillery of the Year'. Today, the company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company produces two main single malt brands – Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt. Visit www.glenmorangie.com for additional information.