Sunday, May 6, 2012

Whisky review: Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year

Glenmorangie is a highland distillery and boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, which gives the spirit a lighter body. Glenmorangie makes a big deal of the quality of their wood, and they even go so far as to own a section of forest in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri so they can be sure of their wood source.

This particular whisky has been aged in first- and second-fill ex-bourbon casks.

Also see my review of the Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or for further enlightenment.

Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year, 43% ABV
Single malt Scotch whisky (Highland)
Price range, 750 mL: $29 at Total Wine in Arizona, up to $40 elsewhere

Nose: Nice, deep toastiness and fruit.

Palate: Light fruit mingled with a backbone of wood and toasted malt. Creamy. A bit of milk chocolate develops.

Finish: A bouquet of fruit all the way down: peaches, plums, oranges, red apples, raisins. Outstanding.

Rating (of 100): 92. This is probably the best value single malt available (at $29). It's an easy drinker that is accessible for a novice and still satisfyingly complex for a whisky veteran.

1 comment:

  1. Kevin, I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you at Total Wine this past weekend. I'm equally thankful for your advice to go with the Laphroaig 10 instead of the Shieldaig. The Laphroaig is fantastic. I also bought The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 on a whim (a relatively expensive whim). I'm enjoying it but not sure it was worth the price. I'll try Glenmorangie The Original soon and compare it with your review to try and hone my palate!