Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old Original (40%, OB, 2013)

Glenmorangie 10 Years Old (Official Bottling)

40% ABV, £25-£35 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.

It is here, maturing for ten long years in a range of ex-bourbon casks such as our famous slow-grown and air-dried ‘designer casks’ from Missouri, that our raw spirit develops a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. Resulting in a mature spirit that is soft, mellow and creamy. Perfect for enjoying at any time.

Colour: Pale lemony gold

Aroma: The scent of citrus and ripening peaches is softened by the aroma of vanilla.

Taste: First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.

Finish: About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.

Glenmorangie Pioneering Collection

What I say:

We have previously bought and finished a bottle of Glenmorangie’s 10 Year Old (sixteen men of Tain version) long before we started the blog. I received this 10cl as part of the Pioneering Collection – perfect for trying out this the base 10 year old and the subsequent finished 12 year olds in Sauternes, Sherry or Port casks.

Colour:

Full gold

Nose:

Lemony citrus, grassy, sweet honey, heather, malted cereal barley and butterscotch

Taste:

Silky, toffee, sweet honey, juicy fruits dominate such as tangerine and pear, cereal and vanilla

Finish:

Sweet and smooth, honey and fruits with a little ginger and pink grapefruit

Would I buy it again

Yes, I have developed a real respect for the 10 year old from Glenmorangie. It is incredibly smooth and drinkable. It is enjoyably not too sweet or challenging. Heather honey and fruits dominate in what is quite a subtly complicated whisky. Always room for more of this on my whisky shelf.

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