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Glenmorangie Original 10 year old 40%

Tasted: Nov 2011

A soft, slightly soapy nose with a pleasant freshness along with a citrus twist. The palate is again slightly on the soapy side. Straightforward (or innocuous – take your pick) with hints of spice and bitter oak on the finish.

Glenmorangie Original 10 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dusty barley and pollen laden flowers to begin with, followed by herbal rye-like notes. Young and exuberant with hints of green fruit and light, creamy oak.

Palate: Soft and lightly honeyed with toffee, barley and citrus. Quite herbal on the middle with a young rye-like character.

Finish: Good length with plenty of citrus and gentle spice.

Conclusion: A pleasant, fairly young Highland

Glenmorangie 12 year old ‘Port Wood Finish’ 43%

Tasted Oct 2006

Quite a floral nose, delicate and subtly spicy with the ‘morangie fruit lying beneath. A nice depth with a touch of herbs and coffee. Smooth and creamy on the palate with the delicate spice and red fruit balanced by the rich, honied ‘morangie fruit. Good depth and a lovely spicy finish.

Glenmorangie 12 year old ‘Madeira Finish’ 43%

Tasted 2006

Although it wasn’t as heavily casked influence as I remember it was distinctly so-so on the nose with an initial burst of sulphur. On the palate it was quite oily and waxy, not all together pleasant with a bit of an evanescent character. Onto the Port finish and this has definitely got better. Delicate cask influence, with a nice depth and quite a nice spicy complexity. 

Glenmorangie 12 year old ‘Sherrywood Finish’ 43%

Tasted: Dec 2000

Quite an aromatic nose of honeyed fruit and sherry wood spices. The palate is rich and smooth with plenty of toffee’d fruit and sherry wood spices.

Glenmorangie 12 year old ‘Sauternes Finish’ 43%

Tasted ?

Apparently this has spent four and a half years maturing in Sauternes casks and according to the advertising blurb has a remarkable botrytis character to it. Well if it has I certainly couldn’t find it. The nose was ruined by sulphur, although after it dissipated it showed a nice depth of honied, syrupy fruit and malt on the nose.

On the palate it is quite luscious with liquid honey fruits, vanilla, madiera cake, coffee, mature fruit with a tangy citrus edge. But oh dear! I am amazed that the powers that be at Glenmorangie have released this. I know that thereare a lot of fans of Glenmorangie who will probably over look this fault, but I’m afraid that I can’t and especially with a price tag ofaround £50!

Glenmorangie 12 year old ‘Burgundy Wood Finish’ 43%

Tasted: Apr 2005

A clean, crisp, winey nose of dried fruit, figs, cinnamon, shows a huge amount of sweet juicy fruit and then comes the bourbon oak to balance that out. Dry on the palate, silky, soft and smooth with waves of sweet berry fruits. A pleasant, slightly tart middle with a lovely length and lots of pinot fruits on the finish.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 year old 46%

Bourbon – Port/ Tasted: Oct 2009

A deep, aromatic nose of spicy red fruits floating above a classic bed rock of honeyed ‘morangie fruit. Lovely complexity with hints of earth, granite and a suggestion of peat.

Silky and rich on the palate again beginning with the spicy red fruit, followed by honeyed barley and mouth filling fruit. Quiet piquant alcohol and firm oak on the middle, lovely length with a slight creamy texture and a suggestion of peat. The red fruits return on the finish with a slight perfumed after taste.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A lovely nose of mocha coated Oloroso dried fruit and liquorice. Lightly herbal with hints of Assam tea, prunes and plum. The fruit has a delightful syrup coating and becomes quite jammy with time as some dusty, sweet spices come through.

Palate: Opens with the soft and jammy red fruit, followed by hints of toffee and chocolate. The sherried dried fruit comes through on the middle but the syrup coated fruit is the focal point.

Finish: Long and mouth-watering with cleansing citrus and stony notes.

Conclusion: A wine finished sherry matured Highland? If so, it works amazingly well.

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or 12 year old 46%

Bourbon – Sauternes/ Tasted: Feb 2011

A deep, edgy and quite gristy nose. Initially it is a tad soapy with an almost old fashioned shaving soap quality. The honeyed sweetness from the finishing cask builds and a slight white floral top note appears along with a touch of white pepper and cinnamon. With time some dried grape and buttery oak puts in an appearance. A pleasant nose once one has got past the soapiness.

The palate is full and juicy with honey, vanilla custard and buttered pop corn notes. Some barley kicks in on the middle and the slightly piquant alcohol balances the sweetness. Crisp citrus and green fruits lead into a mouth watering finish. Very well balanced on the palate, beginning quite sweet but finishing dry and crisply.

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or 12 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Mar 2013

Now those aromas have put on some weight! Broad, herbally, sweet wine cask notes dominate. Hugely woody but with a soft caramel veneer. With time it becomes quite sweet and perfumed with some sweet wood spices – coriander powder (?) emerging. Hmm, I think the technical term is ‘smells like a tart’s handbag!’

The palate is big and caramel sweetened with plenty of wine infused barley and displaying more oak than Sherwood forest! In saying that it is sort of balanced by a touch of citrus and some pleasant barley laden spirit comes through on the middle. Very long with a woody, sweet spice finish.

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or 12 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dusty but fragrant barley with hints of citrus, honey and herbs. The herbal notes become quite rye-like and hints of oxidised apricot and banana appear along with a crisp, almost Fino sherry-like note.

Palate: Full and generous with barley and apricot. Lightly herbal on the middle with building dusty barley and oak. Lightly tannic with a touch of toasted caramel and minerals.

Finish: Good length with lingering herbal rye-like notes.

Conclusion: Very intense and very herbal.

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 year old 43%

10 years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Intense and herbal with hints of honey and coffee but the young, herbal rye-like notes dominate.

Palate: The palate displays more of the honey and barley. The oak adds a hint of toffee and the herbal notes are a lot less pronounced than they are on the nose.

Finish: Very long with the herbal rye-like notes lingering.

Conclusion: Although it’s a touch simplistic you have to love that herbal intensity

Glenmorangie 15 year old 43%

Tasted Oct 2006

A lovely clean, polished, soft nose with honied orange fruit, coffee, a touch of pepper and spice along with a floral note reminiscent of orange blossom. The palate replicates the nose with a touch of natural caramel and a nice intensity of flavour on the middle. Good depth with a palate cleansing dry finish and a touch of menthol on the finish.

Glenmorangie 18 year old 43%

15years in Bourbon – 3 years in Oloroso/ Tasted: Feb 2011

The nose is very oily and a touch reserved. Perseverance in sniffing reveals a dense orange fruit character with a gentle sweetness imparted by the Oloroso cask, which is not overwhelming and adds a lovely touch of coffee-spice. It’s become exceedingly oily now as the mature honey begins to show. Very complex and rather understated to be honest. With time it becomes quite floral.

The palate opens with a fair amount of oily barley and light honey. There’s a touch of under-ripe but fleshy citrus and the delicate, clean sherry moves in on the middle bringing with it some tannins and spice – again it is quite understated and the piquant citrus pierces it like an arrow! Very long with the barley returning and finishing with a perfumed touch, which almost verges on the soapiness.

Glenmorangie 18 year old 43%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A little cardboardy and dusty with hints of rhubarb, hard barley, toffee and slightly fusty herbal notes.

Palate: Opens with the hard barley and a touch of honey, but not quite enough. The spices are a little on the cardboardy side and some youthful, herbal spirit emerges.

Finish: The finish is the most pleasant part of this malt with plenty of Sauvignon-esque grassiness coming through along with a touch of toffee.

Conclusion: I love the finish but unfortunately I can’t say the same about the rest of it!

Glenmorangie 1975 (20 year old) ‘Tain L’Hermitage Finish’ 43%

Tasted: Apr 2005

The nose is surprisingly spirity, could this be the limitations of the spirit? However the rich cinnamon spiced red wine comes through over the top as does some nutty/ toffee’d Bourbon oak notes.

The palate is robust and creamy. Full flavoured with sweet red fruit and spices and even at this abv the alcohol is rather hot and in cleaning the sweetness from the palate leaves a bit of a lean finish, which is accentuated by its granity hardness. One could argue that the finishing cask was used to mask some tired spirit.

Glenmorangie ‘Quarter Century’ 25 year old 43%

Tasted: Jan 2013

Nose: A gorgeously mature nose opening with the sweet dried fruit, cinnamon and clove. Amazingly deep and complex with a developing herbal character. Lush, mature, fragrant honey mingles with liquorice, lightly sawdusty oak and hints of incense Some granity notes add vibrancy to the aromas and with time the fruit becomes lightly tropical in character with just a soupcon of dark chocolate. I love this nose!

Palate: Soft and gentle full of the most delightlfy, crumbly spice coated dried fruit. Hints of citrus rind mingle with the dense and mature honey. The oak adds structure along with some fine tannins. Moves in a slightly rum-like direction towards the end. Pure poetry!

Finish: Very granity and mouth-watering finish. Beautifully fresh with a suggestion of perfumed flowers and light herbal notes.

Conclusion: One word…… Stunning!

Glenmorangie ‘Quarter Century’ 25 year old 43%

Nose: Intense, oily aromas of cereal and lightly spice, lightly sugar coated cardboard along with a touch of rose petal marc, for good measure.

Palate: Quite soft and showing a touch of sawdusty oak, followed by hints of barley, earth and sweet vanillins. Relatively straightforward but cleaner than the nose.

Finish: Medium length with a citrus/ mineral finish.

Conclusion: The palate has a better balance than the nose and that cardboard note really lets it down. [Tasted Blind, so I can only assume that this bottle was faulty]

Glenmorangie ‘Quarter Century’ 25 year old 43%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Intensely coffee’d, pure dark, Java. Grainy and gritty with hints of dried prune, raisin and herbs. Great depth.

Palate: The coffee character is not quite as overt as the nose but there is still plenty of sherried dried fruit with a lightly herbal middle.

Finish: Good length with the herbal sherry notes lingering

Conclusion: Not amazingly complex but pleasant deep and clean.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 43%

Dist: 1990 Btl: 2016

Tasted: Jan 2017

Nose: Dense and mature with baked fruit, straw and coffee. Quite malty with developing creamy oak and toffee.

Palate: Full, with no shortage of toffee’d oak vanillins. Hints of baked fruit and barley come through.

Finish: Pleasantly citric, with a slightly mouth-watering, spicy finish.

Conclusion: The oak is a little too dominating, but the finish is lovely

Glenmorangie 30 year old 44%

Oloroso Sherry/ Tasted: Apr 2005

The nose has some good depth of sherried dried fruit and spice. Fine if you like it like that! The palate displays a great deal more spirit character with some slightly sharp citrus fruit cutting through the sherry wood. It develops quiet pleasantly but it seems quiet simple through the middle. It is only at the finish that some delicate chocolate and coffee notes appear.

Glenmorangie Astar 57.1%

Tasted: Jan 2010

The nose opens with the oak, bringing sweet vanillins to the table followed by and an unsweetened doughy/ spiciness with hints of pine, fern and menthol, finally some caramel-minty-honey notes become apparent. A lovely mix of oak and barley.

Like the nose the palate wallows in oak, but a big sugarand barley bit lessens and softens the vanillins. Lovely depth it has to be said but the oak comes fighting back and becomes very bitter and leaves with some delightful spicy nuances.

With water the nose becomes a touch perfumed but ramps up the oak vanillins. Whilst on the palate it is not so bitter now and the barley comes out to play. Interesting! So this is the essence of Glenmorangie huh? It’s fine if you like oak (which I do), and I have to agree with Jim Murray when he says that the nose initially feels like all the sweet bits have been removed from the gristy/ doughy mix. Worth trying for the experience!

Glenmorangie Signet 46%

Tasted: Feb 2012

Beautifully fragrant aromas of orange, tangerine, mature honey and a gentle kiss of oak, which adds some divine spicy moments before the Bourbon-like notes really take hold. A seriously sumptuous nose with a hint of bitter chocolate and burnt wood.

Soft, succulent and wonderfully moist citrus begins the proceeding, followed by some gentle honey and crunchy barley. The oak builds just like it does on the nose coating the mouth in a toffee’d veneer, but the granity notes balance. Lovely length, again with the oak vanillins in the ascendancy. Conclusion: A beautiful malt with plenty of mature honey along with a lovely fresh edge.

Glenmorangie Signet 46%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2013

Nose: A rich and spicy nose of dried fruit and sherry spice. Some youthful spirit notes cut through along with an almost Irish pot still graininess. Then the creamy American oak emerges bring some lightly tropical apricot and banana. A seriously interesting nose.

Palate: Opens with those almost pot still grainy spices, dries raisinated fruit, sherry spice, sultana and citrus peel. Beneath lurks some tropical fruit trying to break the sherry stranglehold, but the wood holds.

Finish: Good spicy finish, again a little youthful spirit note comes through, but the Bourbon notes linger.

Conclusion. A lovely malt with the emphasis firmly on the wood.

Glenmorangie Signet 46%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Moist, rich fruit cake with hints of violets, heather, herbs and some almost herbal rye-like notes. Hints of toasted oak vanilla and cherry follow.

Palate: Soft and toffee’d with sherried fruit cake and dusty spice.

Finish: Long and sherried with some nippy herbal rye-like spices.

Conclusion: All about the sherry, but thankfully blemish free!

Glenmorangie Dornoch 43%

Travel Retail Release

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dense and honeyed with apricot, white fruit and summer barley, Beautifully fragrant with hints of heather and mint. The aromas become a bit soapy with time and hints of juniper and rhubarb appear.

Palate: Initially a little cardboardy with spice and heavy caramel. Hints of honey and heather come through on the middle.

Finish: Good citric finish with lingering herbs, green fruit and toffee.

Conclusion: It has it’s positives (nose and finish) and its negatives (palate)

Glenmorangie (Private Edition) Companta 46%

5th Release in the Private Editions Series. It’s a marriage of whiskies finished in Clos de Tart Grand Cru wine casks and sweet fortified wine casks from Côtes du Rhône.

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Lovely dusty spice and chunky, herbal Oloroso. Hints of date. Walnut and dark treacle come through. Very clean.

Palate: Opens with the soft, dark treacle coating the mouth before the moist plumy fruitcake and walnut notes arrives. Lovely dusty spice on the middle.

Finish: Good length with lingering dried fruit and spice.

Conclusion: Relatively straightforward sherry monster, but it’s clean and it has a good depth.

Glenmorangie (Private Edition) Tusail 46%

6th Release in the Private Editions range, made using traditionally floor-malted Maris Otter barley

Tasted: Jan 2015

Nose: Chunky, deep and dusty with sweet barley, pollen heavy flowers, honey, light coffee and hints of heather. Late notes of tangerine and white fruit.

Palate: A lovely mixture of floral and set honey. Full and rounded with sweet-ish, dusty barley with hints of hop-like herbs and malt. Not overly complex but pleasantly deep.

Finish: Long and gorgeously smooth with acacia and hyacinth notes and that hop-like herbal note lingering.

Conclusion: A lovely robust, deep whisky with a delightful finish. What more can you say?