Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie has been a well known institution amongst the upper echelons of single malt scotch whisky distillers. The Glenmorangie Company Ltd. Has created a buffet of both unique and specialized blends as well as several iterations of their more traditional styles. They have attempted to satiate a broad demographic with their creations like the Lasanta 12yr (a Sherry Casked and Extra Matured) and the Nectar D’Or (a Sauternes, French sweet wine, Casked and Extra Matured) to traditional single malts like their original 10yr and the Extremely Rare 18yr. As if those weren’t enough, they also have an entire line of rare and specialized creations that run in limited supplies like the Signet and the Pride (roughly $3,600.00 a bottle). One of Glenmorangie’s greatest claims to fame is that they are considered a Highland distillery and use the tallest stills in Scotland to create their scotch whisky, which according to them, delivers a lighter tasting profile. Not surprisingly, Glenmorangie uses charred white oak casks in order to bring their blends to maturation; however, what is unusual is that the casks are sent first to the Jack Daniels distillery and used for 4 years to mature bourbon before being sent back to complete the process for their original range of matured blends, while the extra matured lines each find their own respective homes in either Port, Sherry and Saunternes casks. Since 1983, Glenmorangie has been the best selling single malt scotch whiskey in the world, with no signs of slowing down. This is clearly a company with its eyes fixed on the road ahead. If you consider yourself a scotch whisky drinker then you’ve probably had at least one, if not several, of their fine blends. Now for those wondering where to start I would be hard pressed not to suggest the Extremely Rare (18 Years Old). I know it sounds intimidating, but given some of their price points this bottle is a steal. It has a deep and rich profile with just a hint of sweetness and a slightly less peat-mossy profile (which I happen to really enjoy). It’s very well balanced and finishes off very smooth. So if you are acquainted with this prestigious brand, there is still plenty in their stable to try, and if you’re not, then definitely give them a try (you won’t be disappointed!). Oh and here’s a bit of breaking news, if you think you’ve done and seen it all before, just wait till we get some more information about their unreleased project, only now known as “Tain.” There will be much more to come, enjoy!