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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Glenmorangie Tasting


Many moons ago, I attended one of the Whisky Guild events in Morristown, NJ.  It is put on yearly, and is a lovely event if you can attend.

One of the neat features is usually a special class that goes on before/during the event for a few lucky folks that elect to join in.  A couple of years ago, I attended the Glenmorangie sampling class, and it was fantastic.

First, it was hosted by the always fantastic David Blackmore.  He was awarded Brand Ambassador of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by Whisky Magazine.  (the only person to have won the award two years running)  Rightfully so as well.  David was energetic and spirited, and truthful/charming in a way that only he can be.

Next, we got to sample a whopping 7 expressions from the Glenmorangie range.  Please note, I had to hop in my DeLorean to put these notes together, as this event was back when Artein was just being released.




We sampled:

Glenmorangie Original (reviewed here)

Glenmorangie Quina Ruban

Glenmorangie Lasanta

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

Glenmorangie Artein

Glenmorangie 18

Glenmorangie Signet

In an effort to capture this whole tasting in one post, I am going to do some quick reviews of each expression below.  Since the Original has already been reviewed, I will start with the Quinta Ruban:

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban  46% ABV  Around 12 Years Old

Appearance:  One of the darkest of the lot.  Likely due to the Port Finish.  Gold.

Nose:  Fruity and Rich, specifically citrus & raisins, and a bit nutty.

Palate:  More citrus (oranges), and chocolate now, but refreshing chocolate like Junior Mints!

Finish:  Fairly long with more chocolate

Score = 87, After 10 years in white oak, the Port Pipes really add dimension to this one.  I’m a sucker for Ports…and the price for this Port finish is great compared to many of its contemporaries.

 

Glenmorangie Lasanta 46% ABV  Around 12 Years Old

Appearance:  Light Straw

Nose:  Spices & Sweetness (sticky kind of sweet, think honey)

Palate:  Sherry, very sweet cherry & citrus combine with warming spices (cinnamon)

Finish:  Medium to long with more sherry & a touch of nuttiness

Score = 85.5, the Oloroso Sherry casks due make it soft and deep, but just a little unbalanced.

 

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or  46% ABV  Around 12 Years Old

Appearance:  Literally looks like honey

Nose:  Lots of honey and citrus…fresh squeezed oranges & lime sherbet

Palate:  Slight spices (nutmeg) and thick syrupy Grade A Honey.

Finish:  Long & sweet.  Lemon sherbet now with vanilla notes.

Score = 86.5, another solid one for the sweet tooth, good use of Sauternes barriques.

Glenmorangie Artein  46% ABV  NAS

Appearance:  Dark, deep reddish-gold

Nose:  Fruit!  Lots of berry notes and honey

Palate:  Fuzzy fruits (peaches, plums) and chocolate covered cherries

Finish:  Long but bright and feisty, slightly creamy

Score = 87, another strong expression that is complex and intriguing.





Glenmorangie 18 Years Old

Appearance:  Dark Honey

Nose:  Like a bouquet of flowers, hard to pin down one

Palate:  Malt & honey, rich fruits like figs, Oak

Finish:  Long & Dry, definitely the malty/nutty flavors of the sherry

Score = 87.5, that nose was so floral and lovely…large percentage of this high grade is from that outstanding nose.


Glenmorangie SIGNET  46% ABV NAS

Appearance:  Amber in the shade

Nose:  Chocolate!  Lots of rich scents…fresh brewed dark coffee

Palate:  Sweet and bitter at once, in a good way.  Beautifully complex like a chocolate covered coffee bean with spices sprinkled on top.

Finish:  Long and starts to brighten up a little (oranges), but so lovely and rich.

Score = 92, the best of the bunch in a landslide.  Simply stunning and complex.  By far the most ‘chocolate-like’ Scotch I have ever had…left me wanting more!

Overall:

I must say that this event was fantastic.  David deftly used a PowerPoint presentation more to highlight certain aspects of the Glenmorangie Distillery and practices, rather than to bore you.  The whiskeys were quite solid all the way around, and the SIGNET just blew me away!  The core Glenmorangie spirit lends itself to cask experimentation, and it really shows through these expressions.  I highly recommend exploring this range either via samplers or a tasting like this.
 

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