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Glenmorangie Distillery

Innovative storage solution optimises capacity, ensures product quality and delivers a better and safer working environment.


The brief

Situated on the outskirts of the ancient Burgh of Tain, some 30 miles north of Inverness, the Glenmorangie distillery produces Scotland’s favourite single malt whisky.

Glenmorangie is categorised as a Highland distillery and boasts the tallest stills in Scotland at 5.14 metres. The single malt is available in Original, 18 and 25 year old bottlings, extra matured bottlings and a range of special edition bottlings.

Glenmorangie pioneered the original concept of ‘extra maturation’ in the 1980’s and today has three permanent extra matured whiskies in its range – Lasanta, Quinto Ruban and Nectar D’Or. All three are initially matured for up to 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks before being re-racked to other types of cask for at least 2 years in order to give each one a differing flavour profile. The Lasanta is transferred to Oloroso sherry casks, Nectar D’Or is part matured in Sauternes dessert wine casks from France and Quinta Ruban is matured in Portuguese Port casks.

Due to the increase in premium malt production, Glenmorangie realised that the traditional method of storage in dunnage warehouses not only created complex intensive manual handling demands, but would also occupy large swathes of warehousing space; the storage required to accommodate over 4000 butts would typically amount to three large dunnage warehouses.


The solution

As part of their expansion plans, Glenmorangie decided to look at other storage solutions. On a visit to the Moray distillers, Macallan, they were impressed with the recently installed Link 51 racking solution.

Following a tender process, Link 51 were invited to design a storage solution for Glenmorangie that would utilise all available space in the first of four new maturation warehouses being constructed at the Tain distillery.

Based on 75% capacity, Link 51 designed a solution to a height of 8 levels that provided sufficient space for 4360 sherry butts and 180 port pipes – offering a 40% reduction in space utilisation over dunnage warehousing.

A key feature of the new maturation warehouse design was the construction of 3 stairways, accessed through ground floor doors from the warehouse and providing access to the inspection walkways throughout all levels of the racking. Being built-in to the main warehouse but not integrated into the racking itself, meant that all available internal space could be fully optimised for racking.

This step-change in storage has meant that Glenmorangie has not only increased maturation space, but also improved working conditions for its workforce who can now use the racking to access the casks safely and efficiently.

By using Link 51, Glenmorangie benefited from:

  • UK-based in-house manufacturing capability
  • Fully managed market-leading storage solutions
  • Extensive project management expertise
  • Substantial knowledge and experience
  • High-quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability

“From the outset, Link 51’s project management expertise and attention to detail ensured that we were getting the very best solution to meet our requirements and that the space that we had to occupy was fully utilised. The team responsible for the installation of the racking was superb; the whole job went very smoothly.”

Charles McEwan Engineering Manager, The Glenmorangie Company

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