NEW YORK, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenmorangie, Scotland's favorite single malt whisky, unveiled its new, limited edition single malt whisky, Pride 1981. Glenmorangie marked the launch of its most sublime whisky to date with an exclusive whisky pairing dinner at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas on April 28, 2011.
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Glenmorangie Pride 1981 whisky is the culmination of 28 years of passion, patience and artistry. Dr. Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller and Head of Whisky Creation, renowned for utilizing extra maturation to delivering deep and complex flavors, crafted this ground-breaking whisky. At its heart is the remarkable Glenmorangie 1981 Vintage, which was aged for 18 years in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky was then extra-matured exclusively in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks for an additional 10 years before being bottled at 56.7% ABV. The whisky is presented in a striking Baccarat crystal decanter and wooden case.
To showcase this exceptional whisky creation, Glenmorangie collaborated with one of the most artistic and celebrated chefs in the world, three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire, at his Las Vegas restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at The Mandarin Oriental. Considered an iconoclast in the culinary fusion movement, Chef Gagnaire puts an innovative and contemporary twist on traditional French cuisine, with unexpected and exuberant combinations that delight the senses. "We immediately knew that a pairing between Chef Gagnaire's cuisine and Dr. Bill Lumsden's Glenmorangie Pride 1981 would be unique. Beyond their innovative visions, they are both passionate about their respective art forms," commented Brian Cox, VP Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The four-course dinner menu was crafted specially by Chef Gagnaire for the occasion after meeting with Dr. Lumsden in Paris. Dr. Lumsden noted, "It was an honor to work with Chef Pierre Gagnaire to execute the evening's menu. Chef Gagnaire provided an unforgettable experience for our guests, all within the sumptuous surroundings of Twist at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas."
The finale was the unveiling and tasting of the exquisite Pride 1981 conducted by Dr. Lumsden.
One hundred decanters of Glenmorangie Pride 1981 will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting July 2011. Glenmorangie will be donating a number of bottles to partner institutions in support of various charities.
For further information, images, or to schedule an interview with Master Distiller, Dr. Bill Lumsden, contact Brian Cox, Vice President of Glenmorangie in the USA, at [email protected].
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is one of the most famous in the world. It originates from the far north of Scotland in the Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field 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'.
About The Glenmorangie Company
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 Scotch Whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt Whisky.
About Dr. Bill Lumsden
In his role as head of Distilling & Whisky Creation for The Glenmorangie Company, Dr. Lumsden oversees the creation of the Glenmorangie's beautifully complex and delicate spirit that originates in the Highlands of Scotland. Holding a PhD in Biochemistry, he combines his talent for both art and science and is renowned for his ground-breaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and utilization of extra maturation to deliver outstanding whiskies. Regarded as a pioneer of innovation in the malt whisky industry, Dr. Lumsden is the only person to have been honored three times with The Malt Advocate "Industry Leader of the Year" Award.
About Chef Pierre Gagnaire
Three-star Michelin chef, Pierre Gagnaire is world-renowned as one of the most artistic and celebrated chefs in the world today. Considered an iconoclast in the fusion movement, Gagnaire pushes the limits of traditional French cuisine. With Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, he matches flavors and textures in the most unexpected ways. Each dish delights the senses with the familiarity of classic French cuisine with a modern twist, resulting in combinations that are exuberant.
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in-line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
SOURCE Moet Hennessy USA