Thursday, September 28, 2023


The Highland based Glenmorangie Distillery, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition expression, inspired by the sensory wonders of Tokyo.

Glenmorangie - A Tale of Tokyo (46% ABV) is a non-age-stated single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a combination of Bourbon, Sherry and Japanese Mizunara oak casks.

Glenmorangie - A Tale of Tokyo

Inspired by the memories, feelings and flavours of his many visits to Tokyo and a desire to experiment with rare Japanese Mizunara oak casks for the first time, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden has created an expression characterised by enchanting opposites. In the whisky’s flavour profile, pepper meets bitter cherries and coconut, as mouth-watering orange zest fuses with incense and sweet oak.

To bring the vibrant inspiration and flavours of A Tale of Tokyo to life, Glenmorangie collaborated with Japanese artist Yamaguchi Akira, who has created his own playful perspective of the city’s rich layers of history and culture in an artwork which adorns each bottle and its packaging.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: “I’m lucky to have travelled widely over the years sharing Glenmorangie around the world whilst also gathering new inspiration for whisky creations, and Tokyo has always been one of my favourite places. I’m fascinated by the contradictions between its bustling streets and tranquil gardens, ancient and modern buildings, its many sensory experiences and its culture. My time there over the years made me wonder whether I could capture my experience of Tokyo, and these beautiful intricacies, in whisky form.”

He went onto say: “I partly matured a proportion of Glenmorangie spirit in rare Japanese Mizunara oak casks, which I’ve been curious to experiment with for some time. The influence of this wood is incredibly complex and unusual; it required balance and softening with Glenmorangie matured in bourbon and sherry casks, and the result is a dram as full of delicious sensory contrasts as a trip to Tokyo.”

Glenmorangie - A Tale of Tokyo, will be available later next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £76.00.

Posted by Steve Rush