Glenmorangie

   

Glenmorangie distillery is famously located in Tain, Ross-shire in the Highland whisky region of Scotland.

It was founded in 1843 as a farm distillery by the Matheson Brothers, William & John, but they didn't begin production until six years later in 1849.

They formed the Glenmorangie Distillery Co. in 1887 and at the same time rebuilt the distillery, only to sell it to the MacDonald & Muir and Durham partnership in 1918.

MacDonald & Muir took over all the shares from Durham and then formed Glenmorangie PLC which was sold to LVMH in 2004.

 
 

Distillery photo by Jack Shainsky via wikimedia commons

 

More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness

 

 

  Glenmorangie  

General whisky characteristics: Smooth and creamy, fruit and toffee

 
   

Glenmorangie, Original, 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light gold

Nose: Slightly perfumed marzipan sitting in a hay loft.

Palate: Initially soft and creamy, but steadily expanding on the palate with spicy notes of honey and very mild lemon.

Finish: Medium to long

Overall Impression: I guess with a name like 'original' I was looking for those halcyon days of the 1970's when I fell in love  with Glenmorangie, but alas, those days are long lost although this is still a decent everyday dram.

 

   
   

Glenmorangie, Signet, NAS, 46% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Dark gold / Amber

Nose: Initially malty plums, becoming more aromatic and slightly perfumed after 2-3 minutes. Also hints of wood and slightly toasted orange.

Palate: Thick and creamy mouth-feel, quickly turning spicy and filling the palate with toasted marshmallow, soaked in a rich orange liqueuer and wrapped in an oak blanket.

Finish: Very long

Overall Impression: A very rich and substantial Glenmorangie which lingers almost forever on the palate. Very good.

 

   
   

Glenmorangie, Lasanta, NAS, 46% ABV

This is the replacement for the old "Sherry Wood Finish" as tasted below.

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich gold

Nose: Leather, light wood and high quality car polish.

Palate: Smooth albeit with a slightly watery mouth-feel. The leather and wood make an appearance along with butterscotch and also that car polish.

Finish: Quite long

Overall Impression: Don't let my 'car polish' notes put you off, this is a reasonable dram and slightly better than the old sherry woood finish which it replaces in the range.

 

   

 

   

Glenmorangie, Sherry Wood finish, 43% ABV

Discontinued bottling

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Dark gold / almost bronze

Nose: Aromatic slightly sweet leather, some oak and mossy undertones.

Palate: Very smooth and creamy with toffee, butterscotch and hints of soft leather and wood.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: A very pleasant, quite richly creamy and aromatic whisky.

 

   
   

Glenmorangie, Port Wood finish, 43% ABV

Discontinued bottling

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Nose: Cloves, cardomom seeds and redberries

Palate: Incredibly smooth. Ribena over faint apricot and banana, with a little creamy toffee.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: A wonderfully smooth Glenmorangie. Very good, I like it!

 

   
   

Glenmorangie, Traditional, 57.2% ABV

The original presentation which I bought at the distillery in the early 1990's

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Very pale yellow

Nose: A very quick burst of summer fruits (apricot, peach) followed by apple and then opening to include pears & ice cream served in a rubber wellington boot.

Palate: This smooth Glenmorangie slowly spreads across the palate, initially bringing honey, pear and just a hint of banana before bursting open with red apple, papaya and kiwi.

With 3 drops of water: The fruits weaken on the nose and the palate is softer. smoother and slightly sweeter.

Finish: Very long, both with and without water.

Overall Impression: A slightly different Glenmorangie, but a most enjoyable one.

 

   
   

Glenmorangie, Artisan Cask, 46% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Bugatti Kelch

Colour: Straw / hay

Nose: Vanilla ice cream, complete with the wafer and a light butterscotch sauce.

Palate: Lots of tingly pepper, butterscotch and light toffee

Finish: Medium, light, vanilla ice cream

Overall Impression: Very light but great flavours coming from a quality first-fill bourbon cask. I really like this whisky!

 

     
   

Glenmorangie, Tain L'Hermitage, distilled 1975,  46% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Rich dark oak

Nose: Initially currants and raisins expanding to include a rather strong Alpine cheese and eventually slightly antiseptic old wood.

Palate: Smooth almonds and prunes with flashes of leather and dry, rich wood.

With 3 drops of water: The nose is slightly frsher, the palate even smoother and the finish only slightly shorter.

Finish: Very long

Overall Impression: An extremely good whisky, rich with nuts, oak and dark fruit.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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