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The Chosen one: whisky fans give new dram Gaelic name

It's the Chosen one... literally. Whisky aficionados have wetted the head of a brand new malt by christening it Taghta, Gaelic for Chosen.

Pronounced tuh-ta, the Glenmorangie single malt, which has spent years extra-maturing in exclusive Manzanilla sherry casks, is the first in the world to have its name chosen by whisky fans.

Glenmorangie received thousands of suggestions for the malt's name. These were then whittled down to three; Taghta, Coileanta (Gaelic for Mastery) and Salainn (Gaelic for salt), which were put to an online vote.

Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich, a researcher in the history of the Highlands at the University of Strathclyde who helped Glenmorangie choose the shortlist, said: "As predicted, it was really difficult to pick out the best three names from the thousands of entries we received from across the world.

"The public have now chosen their favourite and I'm very pleased with the result. It really is a good 'choice' in all senses of the word. Taghta is widely used in Gaelic meaning something that is excellent, choice or chosen and it used to convey the idea of something that is well done."

The dram was chosen and named as part of Glenmorangie's crowdsourcing Cask Masters whisky creation programme, which aims to get enthusiasts and members of the public involved in the whisky-making process. The five stage programme allows fans to chose and name whiskies and encourages them to get involved in the packaging and promotion of their dram creations.

Glenmorangie is now asking whisky fans to upload photos and ideas to its Cask Masters website to help inspire and create the packing for Taghta.

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at Glenmorangie, said: "This name truly resonates and I don't think we could have done any better if we'd chosen it ourselves! Glenmoranige has already taken inspiration from Gaelic for the names of some of its most famous creations and we are delighted that this unique whisky has such an intriguing name."

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