Glenmorangie Dornoch – Limited Edition (Travel Retail)

43% ABV, £59.99 for 70cl

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

In the far north of Scotland, beside the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery.

Established in 1843, the Distillery was named Glenmorangie, Scots Gaelic for ‘Glen of Tranquillity’, perfectly describing its peaceful setting on the banks of the picturesque Dornoch Firth, a vast sea estuary and a worldwide Site of Special Scientific Interest

To raise awareness for the conservation of the Dornoch Firth, Glenmorangie has partnered with the Marine Conservation Society to preserve this precious waterway

It is this unique location that is perfectly celebrated by our latest limited edition: Glenmorangie Dornoch

Aroma:

A classic Glenmorangie spirit matured in ex-bourbon American white oak then transferred to ex-Amontillado casks.

Taste:

The swirling of under-current of peat adds an unexpected dimension of sweet smoky apples, complemented by vibrant sweet nutty flavours layered upon the rich , warm toffee and dried fruits.

Finish:

After tasting you are left with added layers of distinctive floral notes, the softness of vanilla with hints of citrus.

Glenmorangie Dornoch and glass

What I say:

The latest offering from Dr Bill Lumsden is this Amontillado finished Glenmorangie, named after the Dornoch Firth and in support of the Marine Conservation Society

Colour:

Light amber gold, long and light tears

Nose:

Sweet honey, perfumed lilacs and nutty almond essential oil, vanilla and nutty with hints of cocoa, reminiscent of fresh-baked brownies

Taste:

Mouthfilling rich and sweet, toffee and caramel with swirls of rich honey and golden syrup, light baked apples or apple sauce and a distinct nuttiness with almonds, hazelnuts and pecans, almond croissants drizzled in a light maple syrup and creamy vanilla custard

Finish:

Medium, sweet honeyed fruits, floral daisies and almonds (bakewell tart)

Overall:

Another great example of wood-finishing and a worthy companion to the current range from Glenmorangie including Glenmorangie Lasanta ~ 46% (Moet-Hennessy) , Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or ~ 46% (Moet-Hennessy)  and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban ~ 46% (Moet-Hennessy) . The Dornoch Limited Edition is currently exclusive to travel retail outlets until February 2015, after that perhaps this may join the stable permanently – well we certainly hope so! The Amontillado finish has imbued a nutty almond essence and a hint of pep to the fruitiness in this beautifully smooth, and classically Glenmorangie, Dornoch expression.