The story of Glenmorangie begins in 1843, when William Matheson converted a brewery in the town of Tain into a distillery. In 1887 the distillery was sold to the Glenmorangie Distillery Co. A pair of pot stills were purchased from John Taylor's gin distillery and their long-necked design is retained today, the stills are said to be the tallest in Scotland.
Records dating back to the late 19th century show that Glenmorangie was being sold in high-class London hotels, including the Savoy. After World War I, the company passed to Macdonald & Muir who used the malt to fill its blends, notably Highland Queen, and the company would own Glenmorangie distillery until 2004.
Single malt bottlings became more popular among whisky drinkers in the 1960s and Glenmorangie became Scotland's best-selling malt, prompting an expansion from two to four stills in 1976. Since the mid 1990s, the distillery has become known for its range of cask finishes, with new Distillery Manager Dr Bill Lumsden experimenting with different types of wine cask as well as different species of oak for maturation. Today the distillery is owned by LVMH.