Innovation has become a buzzword of sorts, with brands throwing it here and there to describe a change in the way they make their products. Innovation, as it alludes to creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, is largely about crossing boundaries, disrupting the norm and taking risks. Consumers are constantly seeking new experiences and will be loyal to brands that take this requirement seriously. Talking about innovation, Glenmorangie has unveiled its first whisky created using wild yeast.

Whiskey brands such as Glenmorangie are going against the grain, pun intended, to create more enriching experiences for your palate. For a decade, Glenmorangie has invited whiskey aficionados to explore its passion for innovation through this acclaimed series of rare and intriguing limited-edition single malts. Now, in the collection’s rich, fruity tenth release, Glenmorangie Allta (Scott’s Gaelic for ‘wild’ and pronounced ‘al-ta’), the Distillery reveals the importance of yeast to Scotch whisky’s myriad flavours.


The first whiskey created from yeast growing wild on Glenmorangie’s own barley marks the tenth anniversary of the Highland Distillery’s pioneering Private Edition series. Yeast has always been a key ingredient in Scotch whiskey. But over the years, its impact on taste has been all-but-forgotten and emphasis placed on other aspects of whisky-making instead. With a background in yeast physiology, however, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, has always remained keenly aware of yeast’s potential. Years ago, he recalled a little-known story the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson had told him, about a unique ‘house’ yeast Glenmorangie was said to have possessed. And he began to further explore yeast’s influence on flavour.

“Glenmorangie Allta is a worthy whisky with which to mark the Private Edition’s tenth anniversary. Yeast’s influence on taste has been overlooked for years, but it’s an area ripe for exploration. With a nose of biscuit, baking bread and floral notes, and rich tastes of vanilla, orange syrup and sweet chilli, Glenmorangie Allta opens up compelling possibilities for the future of Scotch whisky,” remarks Dr Bill.

Glenmorangie Allta will take your palate on a wild adventure with its rounded nose that boasts biscuity, yeasty tones. You can expect gentle floral notes of carnations and Parma violets, baking bread, very gentle vanilla, soft raisins and sweet mandarin orange. The taste offers a crisp citrus bite to the mouthfeel. Butter candy, creamy vanilla, orange syrup, with a slightly yeasty background, dance around your mouth as you take it all in. If you enjoy it mindfully, you will detect gentle mint, a touch of sweet chilli and delicate, dancing, floral notes. The finish of the Allta is long and earthy with hints of bittersweet orange and peppermint.

Glenmorangie Allta is available at select retailers nationwide. For more information, visit

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