Once again onwards and upwards with my reviews, with the focus once again on 10 year olds. Still in Scotland, but this time to the Highlands of Scotland.
Region: Northern Highlands, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 10 Years
Hand-crafted with pride by the Sixteen Men of Tain, the Glenmorangie Original is a 10yo single malt which is produced (as described by the Glenmorangie website) “by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks”.
Glenmorangie was amongst the first Scottish distillers (1960s) to use ex bourbon barrels to age their whisky rather than Spanish oak (ex-Bourbon). They also only ever use their casks twice. Founded in 1843, they have been pursuing perfection – under the stewardship of two families and now Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy – for over 160 years.
Colour: Pale gold to yellowy with very many lovely thick legs.
Nose: Citrus (mostly oranges and lemons), soft vanilla, peaches, chocolate, sweet, warm toffee pudding. Hint of spiciness in the background. A fresh, clean and easy nose that is not overpowering.
Palate: Vanilla, sweet (toffee sweets), floral, creamy mocha with a slight citrus and nuttiness in background. There is a lovely slight spicy bite on the tip of the tongue that slowly spreads to the back of the throat.
Finish: Long finish that is clean with a lingering citrus spiciness.
Overall: A pleasant whisky that is very approachable. It has a sweetness and floralness to it that is underpinned by a lovely spiciness, which carries it way through all the way to the end.
My Score: 82