NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenmorangie, Scotland's favorite single malt scotch whisky, today announced the expansion of World Hall of Fame golfer Tony Jacklin's role from British to worldwide Brand Ambassador. In his new position, Jacklin will make guest appearances at events throughout the U.S. and continue to work closely with the brand on several initiatives.
Jacklin, whose illustrious career embodies Glenmorangie's commitment to perfection, is the most successful British golfer of his generation. He sparked a revival of golf among British youth and ended an 18-year wait for a British victor when he won The Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1969. Jacklin later served as the most successful European Ryder Cup captain, leading his men to the first European team victory in 28 years in 1985, and to their first-ever victory on American soil in 1987.
Since retiring from tournament play in 2004, Jacklin has become an esteemed golf course designer, developing signature courses worldwide. He notably co-designed with Jack Nicklaus a golf course in Florida called "The Concession" to commemorate the historic Ryder Cup tie after Nicklaus conceded Jacklin's two-foot putt on the18th green, halving the match in 1969.
"Tony's lifetime of tireless determination and pursuit of perfection mirrors the same intensity our craftsmen apply to creating our award-winning spirit. We are honored he is a part of our family," said Brian Cox, Vice President of Glenmorangie in the U.S.
"I am very proud to be working alongside Glenmorangie, which I have always regarded as a leader in its field," said Jacklin.
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 Wine Enthusiast. Glenmorangie was named a Hot Prospect brand by Impact, the highly respected industry source of reference. Perhaps the greatest recent accolade has been the award of the prestigious title of "Distiller of the Year" this year from the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) where Glenmorangie has consistently won more "Gold Best in Class" medals than any other single malt over the past six years.
Glenmorangie's relationship with Jacklin is the brand's latest initiative to connect aficionados of premium scotch whisky and golf. In 2012, the brand announced its three-year partnership with The Open Championship as the Official Whisky of the venerable major. Glenmorangie will become Official Spirit of The Open this 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 2012 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.