The Glenmorangie Collection
Glenmorangie is a single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery in Tain, Scotland, owned by The Glenmorangie Company Ltd. This is a Highland distillery, and they have a wide array of products. This month I am tasting four of them.
The Highlands region of Scotland can be seen here.
Two sets of reviews here – the first is by me, Distilled Sunshine, a fan of bourbon, and the second review is by Scotch aficionado Michael P. Gaughan.
The Original – Glenmorangie aged 10 years, 43%, ex-bourbon casks. Has a white colour, and a bit of a bite to it. Really feel the alcohol burn. A delicious nose. But as for the pallet, it doesn’t excite me. Wish that I liked it as much I like the bourbons that I sampled.
The Lasanta, 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, then another 2 years in Oloroso Sherry casks. Noticeably darker than the original 10 year old. Has a deeper, more complex flavor. A bit less of the burn. Has a nice mouthfeel on the upper palate, but becomes unexpectedly harsh/sour on the back.
The Quinta Ruban – 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, then another 2 years in Ruby Port casks. Has a nice honey/caramel color. A beautiful toasty warm aroma. A bit less of the burn, and almost a hint of caramel.
The Nectar D’or – Finished in Sauternes wine barriques. Darker than the original, but lighter than the Quinta. While favored by many others reviewers, I didn’t appreciate this.
I’ve tried all four over a few months, and just was never thrilled with them. Hey, it’s not like I have problem with Scotch, but apparently my tastes veer more towards bourbons.
Michael P. Gaughan writes
Aged 12 years Non-Chill-filtered; Finished for 2 years in Ruby Port Casks, Bottled at 46% ABV. The color is dark red, with a nice ring and legs falling slowly.
NOSE: Rich dark fruit note upon opening the bottle; which follows in the glass.
PALATE: Rich red grape arrival with a rich beautiful mouthfeel. There is a drying sense in my second mouthful to add complexity. Still a very rich smooth fruit note.
FINISH: Warm and sweet going down, with a slight tingle on my tongue and the back of my throat; transitioning to a sweet dryness on my tongue with a mouth watering sense.
With 1 drop of distilled water: NOSE: Nice fruit note. PALATE: Slightly less rich but a little sweeter again with a dryness surrounding the distinct sweet note. Pepper rises as I swirl it around, yet the dry sweetness remains. FINISH: Peppery yet sweet going down with pepper and drying on my tongue.
Wow! I really enjoyed this whisky, very well crafted. Recommended