Behind the Label
Decades – and sometimes centuries – of learning contribute to the creation of our spirits.
Employed by the Hennessy family since 1966, Yann Fillioux’s role has been to maintain the quality of Hennessy cognac and build on its 250-year-old pedigree.
Belvedere’s team of world-leading mixologists identify emerging trends in the world of vodka and devise new flavour blends and cocktail creations.
The Men of Tain
The legendary Men of Tain are a select group of craftsmen entrusted with the secrets of the Glenmorangie distillery. These 16 individuals follow time-honoured traditions, and their skills and knowledge are second to none.
Born just 3 miles from the distillery, Mickey Heads manages Ardbeg and is head of the Ardbeg Committee. It is Mickey’s pleasure to manage the distillation process, create new products and be the voice of the 100,000 devoted connoisseurs who make up the committee.
The Founder’s Cellar
Somewhere between a maturation area and a safe, the Hennessy Founder’s Cellar was acquired in 1850 to become a resting place for the house’s oldest and finest eaux-de-vie. Here the cognac is stored until it at last realises its full potential.
The 100-year-old Belvedere distillery lies at the edge of central Poland’s Mazovian plains, where Dańkowskie gold rye has been cultivated over the centuries to create vodka of the highest order.
Tarlogie Springs is not only Glenmorangie’s own water source but arguably the aspect that makes it unique among Highland distilleries. The water, forced through layers of limestone and sandstone for over 100 years, gives the whisky its distinctive, mineral-rich quality.
Isle of Islay
It is believed that 14th-century Irish monks introduced the art of distillation to the Scottish Isle of Islay in the Hebrides. The plentiful water supply, abundant peat and rich marine environment make Ardbeg an intense single-malt whisky that is revered among connoisseurs.
The Tasting Committee
The Hennessy Tasting Committee is the only one of its kind in the world of cognac. Its remit is to evaluate Hennessy’s eaux-de-vie to judge whether they are ready to use in the house’s most unique and elegant blends.
Water, pure and simple
The rye used to create Belvedere vodka is combined with the purest of water from the distillery’s own artesian well – and nothing else.
The tallest stills
At over 8 metres high, Glenmorangie’s whisky stills are the tallest in Scotland. Barrels are custom made and seasoned with bourbon and other spirits to give the single malts their unique character.
The peaty paradox
Ardbeg is an extremely peaty whisky, yet it is also revered for its sweetness – a complex phenomenon known as the “peaty paradox.”