Highlands region – 57.1%ABV – 750ml bottle – $65-75 | £52 | €63
Do you think you know Glenmorangie? Perhaps you knew Glenmorangie but, man-o-maneschewitz, things have changed. Today’s Glenmo is not your daddy’s Glenmo.
Whether is the Signet, Nectar D’or (Sauternes finish), The Traditional (not a standard in their new line up but a damn good whisky), Sonnalta PX, The Quarter Century… we sure as shite can’t discount their “Original” Ten year or Quinta Ruban (Port finish) — Glenmorangie has kicked it up a notch (many, many notches).
I find their line to be so refreshing, different, complex as all heck and just… well, wonderful.
So again — Hi, My name is Joshua and I am a Glenmorangie devotee. (“Hi Joshua”).
Let’s see how this expressions fares with the others I’ve mentioned and lined to:
On the nose – Loads of Mexican vanilla extract.
Wisps of strawberry.
Spice, spice, spice.
A bowl full of lemons (you know what to do with a bowl full of lemons, right?).
Some malt notes (I guess you should expect such a thing from Scotch malt whisky).
With a touch of water, some brighter and different fruits come out: pineapple and unripened pears.
On the mouth – Big creamy vanilla attack.
Made my mouth water uncontrollably. I haven’t drooled in a while but… wow.
Citrus notes for sure.
With the addition of water the creaminess goes away (unfortunately) but a stronger spiciness comes out.
Finish – Malt, toffee and pure hot firey alcohol.
In sum – New wood goodness. This is a big, strong, in your face yet strangely lighter style of whisky. I’m not sure about this one. Oh, it’s a nice whisky. A really nice whisky; don’t get me wrong here. It’s just I’m not quite sure of where in the Mood-And-Season-O-Meter™ it fits. I would reach for this in the dead of winter for sure (due to the high-octane quality of this whisky). However, it’s very light in style – something you think would be great for the summer time… Hmmm, I’ll let you decide.