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Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Review

Tasting and reviewing the Macallan Sienna, got me craving for some whiskies I didn’t taste in a long time. Yeah, you can definitely become nostalgic for drams you tasted earlier in your whisky journey and aren’t in your whisky cabinet at the moment.

So I decided to try another one or two whiskies from my archive which I didn’t review here yet, and the first one I went for was Glenmorangie 18 Year Old. Why? I assure you it’s not because it’s Extremely Rare like they claim it to be. it’s not that rare if you really wondered as it’s in the market for years albeit for a tad higher price tag than most of its age bracket siblings from other distilleries. No, the real reason is that it was on the front row of my archive shelf ūüėÄ

Glenmorangie 18 Year Old (43%,¬†¬£80.90/‚ā¨68,90/$89.95/445‚ā™)

Nose: That sweet and delicate Glenmorangie profile is up-front here, barley sugar, sweet honey, vanilla, citrus, Brasil nuts and walnuts, a pinch of white pepper and cinnamon, pears, rich and velvety coupled with dry oakiness.

Palate: Sweet velvety honey, then pears and granny smith apples peels, some sour greenery, oranges, barley sugar, ends with spices mostly white pepper and gentle oak spices, gentle nuts mix bowl.

Finish: Medium length, lingering sweetness, pears drops, nuttiness , oak spices and white pepper.

Thoughts: Solid offering from Glenmorangie with the trademark flavor profile of the distillery we all know from the 10 Year Old with added spices and time effect. While it’s not exactly Extremely Rare nor a groundbreaking whisky it’s still a nice 18 year old that competes successfully in this age bracket.

Glenmorangie Bacalta (Glenmorangie Private Edition #8) Review

Yesterday I wrote I was happy due to the Glenlivet single cask that was released exclusively to the Israeli market but earlier this month there was another sign that we’re getting noticed in the whisky industry: The annual Glenmorangie Private Edition launch events around the globe included Israel as well with a proper launch event by the local Glenmorangie importer (Y.D 1986) and with actual bottles available to purchase on the same day for the same price as most¬†European countries. Another¬†first time happenstance in our whisky history and a good sign to Israeli whisky aficionados.

Now I have to admit that I have a soft spot for this series. Ever since I bought and tried the Glenmorangie¬†Finealta, I’ve been following this series closely and buying a bottle every year for the last few years and so I did purchase a bottle from a local web shop – what a refreshing change, buying and getting it in the same day instead of waiting for the bottle for 3-4 weeks.

However, the review was delayed because after tasting it and checking my notes against the official notes I found out that a major note I found (chalk and rocks) wasn’t anywhere in the official notes nor any note that can be considered as an alternative. That got me worried at first but since I did taste it directly from a new bottle, I¬†thought maybe it needs some time and so I did re-taste it this week and now I was more satisfied as the rocks/chalk note disappeared ūüôā

I won’t bother much with the information and story of¬†the bottling, suffice to note it’s around 12 year old – spent¬†ten¬†years as the standard Glenmorangie Original and then around 2 years in those special Madeira casks Dr.¬†Lumsden picked up.

Glenmorangie Bacalta (46%, £77.95)

glenmorangie-private-edition-8-bacaltaNose: Oranges and mandarins, soft nuttiness, baked pears pie with strong pastry note, strong and¬†rounded baking spices¬†and hints of canned peaches after a few minutes in the glass. And there’s no doubt it’s a Glenmorangie. When I first nosed it, the first image that pop up in¬†my mind was¬†sitting on warm rocks on a cliff in a hot spring day because there was a strong warm rocks and chalk note that was noticed after a few minutes.¬† Continue reading

Glenmorangie Bacalta is the Eighth Private Edition Release

Glenmorangie Private Edition collection has seven releases so far with Milsean being the latest one. The bottles¬†are usually releases in January so it’s surprising to see that information on the eight release in the series was revealed on the Federal TTB database, six months ahead of the release. According to the label it will be: Glenmorangie Bacalta, finished in Malmsey Madeira casks:

glenmorangie bacalta


Is it me or do we see more Madeira finishes/maturations lately?

Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition VII Review

For seven year in a row with no end in sight, Glenmorangie presents us a new expression in the Private Edition series. 2016 brought us Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced “mill-shun”) which means “Sweet Things” in Gaelic.

So it marks the returning to the previous¬†theme of special cask finishes after the detour of T√Ļsail last year which focused on different barley. It was finished for 2.5 years in¬†toasted ex-Portuguese red wine barriques (154 of those) and should bring out a candies shop feeling. If you want to learn more on this whisky, head up to the excellent and very detailed¬†blog post at The Whisky Exchange.

Glenmorangie Milsean (Private Edition VII) (46%, ¬£75.95/‚ā¨89,00)

glenmorangie milseanNose: Ah, it’s very Glenmorangie at first with sweet honey, butterscotch, toffee, nutty with a dash of vanilla. Then come the sweet candied fruit, berries and tangerines, dry tannins and spice, sweet deep red hard candies (lollipops), bitter citrus peels. It’s tarty and jammy, even has a resemblance of roughness on the edge. Getting sweeter over time while maintaining the sweet candies feel.

Palate: Nutty butterscotch with bitterness turning to sweet and dry berries, candied fruit, spicy with lots of ginger along with some pepper and oak spices, earthy berries tart.

Finish: Short-Medium length sweet finish with spiciness (oak spices, ginger) and dryness.
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Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram Review

This past week was the coldest one of the winter. It was so cold and freezing that we avoided a snowmargeddon only because we didn’t have precipitation at the same time. Usually such weather calls for heavy-weight whisky, peated or sherred, but this time I opted for a dram that celebrates the midwinter time and it did feel like midwinter here last week.

Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a limited edition (like all of their releases in the last few years) that celebrates a Glenmorangie tradition of bottling a special whisky for the sixteen men of Tain by the master distiller. This year, the special whisky was available to the public with this new release.

Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram (43%,¬†¬£28/‚ā¨94.99)

glenmorangie A midwinter night's dramNose: Well, you can’t miss the fact it’s a Glenmorangie whisky with such a creamy and very soft nose with all those¬†citrus, honey and nutty notes. Upon further nosing there are almonds and some macadamia nuts, even some floral edge, oak wood spices and with some time more explicit malt note. Continue reading

Whisky Tour – Glenmorangie Distillery and Glenmorangie 15 Year Old Review

Earlier today I published some big Glenmorangie news and I thought it merit a self-punishment of sitting down and finally completing the cobwebs-coated blog post detailing my visit at Glenmorangie last August.

Like I said, I¬†visit Glenmorangie last August, but it wasn’t a planned visit and I didn’t¬†book a tour. We were on the way south to from Old Pulteney (my visit recap is here) toward¬†Dornoch Castle and then Inverness. It was rainy and foggy on the coastal road but just as were near Tain, the skies were mostly blue with a few scattered clouds and then there was a big sign leading to Glenmornagie distillery.

The Pagoda at Glenmorangie Distillery

The Pagoda at Glenmorangie Distillery

That’s the kind of signs you shouldn’t ignore, right? Besides, I have a soft spot for Glenmorangie 10 which was one of my first purchases, so we turned left to the road toward Glenmorangie and told ourselves we’ll just stroll around for a while and visit the visitors center. The distillery was packed with buses and tourists but when I asked if there’s place on the next tour that was supposed to start in 2 minutes (and¬†was the last tour¬†of the day), we were surprised to find out that indeed, there’s place on the tour and a minute later we joined the crowd to start the tour. Continue reading

Whisky News: Gelnmorangie Tayne & Gelnmorangie Talogan and Glenmorangie Travel Retail paradigm shift

Seems like today is Glenmorangie Day on the blog. We have some big Glenmorangie news (With massive thanks Tom for delivering the news!) and later today we’ll have another blog post with a review and short recap (and many photos) from the distillery visit last summer. But first things first: the news!

First of all, there’s a new Glenmorangie Travel Retail bottling out there called “Glenmorangie Tayne“. Yes, it’s Tayne and not Tain (Tayne is an¬†older form of Tain).

glenmorangie tayne in TR

Glenmorangie Tayne is whisky matured in amontillado casks, without an age statement, bottled at 43% ABV and currently is priced at £54.99 for 1 Liter bottle.

The back story of Tayne is related to the Spanish Aramda during the England invasion back in 1588 as a Spanish galleon running away from the England fleet ran aground in the Dornoch Firth (at the time Firth of Tayne).

glenmorangie tayne stand and ship

In addition, there will be another Travel Retail bottling out around March/April 2016 named Glenmorangie Talogan. Talogan will replace Glenmorangie Dornoch as both are limited editions.

The third news item of the day and I think it’s the biggest and important of them all: Glenmorangie Duthac and Tayne will become¬†permanent additions at Travel Retail replacing the ¬†trio of Nectar Dor, Lasanta and Quinta Ruban. Yes, you read it just fine: Replacing. That¬†trio will still be available at normal retail chains (supermarkets, shops, etc) but not at Travel Retail. Is it a new way to partially relieve the stress on older aged stock?



In addition to the big changes¬†in the Travel Retail segment, there’s also the imminent release (this week) of the 7th Glenmorangie Private Edition expression (after all, it’s January on¬†the calendar). We already know it’s called¬†Glenmorangie Milsean¬†according to the filling in the TTB Database.

Milsean,¬†pronounced “Miel-sjoan”, is the¬†Gaelic term for “sweet things”, and it was extra matured¬†in casks containing formerly Portuguese red wine. The wine barrels were retoasted¬†to strengthen the sweeter tones.

As can be seen from the picture above, we can assume it will be a whisky for the sweet tooth lovers. Expected price in Europe is¬†‚ā¨100.