ABV: 43 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a very nice lemon freshness with vanilla, honey and a maltiness coming through from behind. Floral notes with a very ”hoppy” feel to them join the lemon in creating a very bright character. A small hint of red berries and a thin veil of cinnamon appear after a while in the glass. This is a very approachable nose.
Mouth: At first, there’s a creamy toffee with a spicy touch. It shows some age with a dusty layer and notes of old bookshelves. The base is still malty with honey and vanilla and the whole thing is a touch dry. The taste is not as bright as on the nose, but after a few seconds tropical fruits appear and they bring back the citrus fruits as well. The slight bitter notes coming from the oakiness steer it towards grapefruits. The oak itself is very nice and sits just right in between the other flavours.
Finish: It’s still lemon fresh with a creamy toffee base. The oak comes through fast and brings back a big bucket of assorted tropical fruits and grapefruits, lemon and a tutti frutti candy note. The oakiness is very nice and clear. A coffee note peeks through in the late finish. This is a well made comfort whisky.
This 18 YO is a part of Glenmorangie’s prestige range. It’s aged for 15 years in american ex-bourbon barrels. Then it’s separated and about 30 % is moved to ex-Oloroso sherry casks while the rest remains in the ex-bourbon barrels. After three more years, the distillates are married back together and bottled.