MIVA Wine Gallery in Zagreb Organizes Online Whisky Workshop

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May 14, 2020 – MIVA Wine Gallery in Zagreb is organizing an online whiskey workshop on Thursday, May 14, at 8 pm. The Moët Hennessy brand ambassador will take you through the world of whiskey drinks, more precisely the world of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg flavors! 

On Saturday, May 16, the world celebrates World Whiskey Day. The Miva Wine Gallery traditionally holds online workshops and tastings on Thursdays, and this time we will once again hang out with the Moët Hennessy brand ambassador, Mr. Ted Lelekas. The great connoisseur Ted Lelekas is in charge of education and guided tastings of the entire Moët Hennessy Group portfolio in more than 15 countries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Journalists in the World of Wine and Spirits. He regularly has the role of a judge in many prestigious international competitions in the world of wine and spirits.

The event will focus on Highland Distillery Glenmorangie, a whiskey brand that has the giraffe as a symbol and recognises the serious threat this animal faces in the wild. Few are aware of the threat it faces in the wild. Numbers have fallen by 30% in 30 years, with some types of giraffes now critically endangered. With the giraffe’s decline going largely unnoticed, a BBC/PBS documentary on the work of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) and its partners, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has warned of a “silent extinction”.

Known as the Distillers of Tain, they’ve been honing their craft for more than 175 years in Scotland’s tallest stills, and produce a light and fruity spirit, ripe for experimentation. Glenmorangie’s demonstrates its commitment to the endangered animal that is their symbol by forging a global conservation partnership to help safeguard its future. Launched in January 2020, Glenmorangie’s partnership with RZSS and GCF will run until the end of 2022. By supporting the work of its partners, Glenmorangie will focus on the threatened Nubian (formerly known as Rothschild’s) giraffe. Once widespread across East Africa, just 3,000 of these giraffes survive in the wild, with more than 50% of these in Uganda. The largest population lives in the country’s Murchison Falls National Park. Glenmorangie’s support is twofold.

It will support the work of GCF in the following areas with investment for expert staff, vets and equipment, so they can protect giraffes from habitat loss and poaching (illegal hunting); reintroduce giraffes back into their natural range in Uganda, focusing on areas where the Nubian giraffe has become locally extinct; tag giraffes with GPS satellite tracking devices so that their populations can be effectively monitored, and their movements better understood; train and build the capacity of African conservationists in giraffe conservation and management. Glenmorangie will also support the conservation work of RZSS so that it can: Open a specially-designed giraffe habitat at Edinburgh Zoo in the summer of 2020 and aid GCF’s conservation work with genetic research into new giraffe populations. Genetic research is vital for reintroduction programmes, helping to avoid inbreeding, and Edinburgh Zoo has one of the world’s only zoo-based genetics laboratories.

Thomas Moradpour, President and Chief Executive of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “For 175 years, we have created whisky, in stills as high as an adult giraffe, the tallest in Scotland. Over time, this majestic animal has become a beloved symbol of our brand. It seems only right that we should channel our passion for this animal into our new global conservation partnership with GCF and RZSS. Together, we will work to protect giraffes in the wild and shine a light on their predicament before it’s too late.

About Glenmorangie’s stills: 

Glenmorangie distills its Highland single malt whisky in its copper stills, the tallest in Scotland, which are around the same height as an adult male giraffe. These stills take Glenmorangie’s whisky on a longer excursion, resulting in a lighter spirit with more ‘space’ for taste and aroma. Glenmorangie’s giraffe symbol can be seen in many places around the Highland Distillery – eagle-eyed visitors may even spot it in a stained glass window in the majestic still house.

About the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a wildlife conservation charity (SC004064) and owns Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. Founded in 1909, the Society’s purpose is to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction. For further information about RZSS conservation projects in Scotland and around the world, please visit rzss.org.uk

When purchasing any Glenmorangie or Ardbeg item via the MIVA webshop or MIVA wine shops, you are entitled to participate in this whiskey online workshop.

* You will receive the ZOOM link of the workshop by e-mail after purchasing the Glenmorangie or Ardbeg item.
* The workshop will be conducted in English.

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