Glenmorangie Introduces Artein, A Monumental Whisky — Born of Stone — at Tom Colicchio’s Famed Meatpacking Restaurant, Colicchio & Sons
NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Glenmorangie, Scotland’s favorite single malt scotch whisky, proudly unveiled Artein, the third and latest release in its award winning Private Edition series. Glenmorangie marked the U.S. launch of its uniquely aged scotch whisky with a fittingly elegant pairings dinner at world-class Chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, Colicchio & Sons in New York’s Meatpacking District. This event was co-hosted by Chef Colicchio himself, along with Glenmorangie’s Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation.
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“Artein,” the Scots Gaelic for “stone,” is an intriguing 15 Years Old Glenmorangie, extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks. Extra Maturation of whisky in wine casks is an innovative approach created by the renowned Dr. Bill Lumsden. The rugged and stony coastal hills of Tuscany, though a seemingly improbable area for vineyards, contain mineral rich terrain which gives these special wines their unique taste. The house characteristics of Glenmorangie were a perfect match for the ‘Super Tuscan’ casks since stone has also played a significant role in Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky thanks to its limestone rich hard water source, the Tarlogie Springs.
Dr. Bill Lumsden and Chef Colicchio both spoke about pairing whiskies with food and elaborated on the richness of each other’s creations and the subsequent inspiration for the evening’s meal. The guests were then treated to a five-course dinner menu, created specially by Chef Colicchio for the occasion. The pairings included the Venison entrÃ©e with huckleberry sauce that played magnificently with the fruitier notes of the Glenmorangie Artein single malt.
“We were honored to have our Master Distiller, Dr. Bill Lumsden, here to share with us the story of Glenmorangie Artein and we were equally privileged to have Chef Tom Colicchio host this launch in his amazing restaurant, Colicchio & Sons.” commented Brian Cox, VP Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
One of the most celebrated culinary figures in the country, Chef Tom Colicchio has received five James Beard Foundation Medals, and is the proprietor of some of New York’s most highly regarded restaurants, such as Craft and of course Colicchio & Sons. His Las Vegas restaurant, Craftsteak, also boasts what is thought by many to be the most complete Single Malt whisky collection in the U.S.
Glenmorangie Artein is the latest addition to the ongoing Private Edition series, which consists of rare and interesting limited edition whiskies, such as the highly esteemed Sonnalta PX and Finealta. Glenmorangie Artein is now available in the U.S., this February 2012, but only while limited stocks last.
For further information, images, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Bill Lumsden, contact Brian Cox at email@example.com.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 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 Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create ‘unnecessarily well made whiskies.’
About The Glenmorangie Company
The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of MoÃ«t 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 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 groundbreaking 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 Thomas Colicchio
Recipient of five James Beard Foundation medals, one as 2010′s Outstanding Chef, Tom Colicchio is one of the most celebrated stars in the culinary world. Co-founder of the Gramercy Tavern Restaurant, founder of Craft, and Craftsteak, Colicchio & Sons and Riverpark, Colicchio is as known for brilliant technique and execution as he is for innovation. He is also the ongoing head chef of Bravo’s reality television show “Top Chef.”
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.
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