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I love Glenmorangie and feel priviledge to have visited the distillery itself in invergordon. According to the marketing material, the whisky is stored in oak casks and the bottle suggests you should get the citreus aroma, a vanilla taste with a burst of flowery fruitness. I do like my whiskies but have struggled to concur with the marketing blurb. For me, and maybe it is just my pallette, but I don't agree with their own tasting notes. For me, I get caramel like sweetness that you would compare with my toffee or buttercandy. What is sure, the golden glow of thw whisky is a real delight. I was one of the first I have ever tasting and always look out for special offers in my local supermarket. All in all, Glenmorangie is a wonder whiskey that I am more than happy to include in my drinks cabinet. Highly recommended, get some today!!
I don't drink spirits on a frequent basis; these things go in spells and I do actually like to indulge in a good whisky from time to time when the fancy takes me. Some time ago, I was gifted this 35 cl bottle of this fine 10 year old single highland malt scotch whisky. It comes in a nicely presented container with a standard transparent glass bottle within, full of a lovely pale looking whisky. I say full of........not any more! Whisky is a drink which it is nice to share with another whisky loving friend. It's a bloke thing really. You can sip your way through a half bottle quite nicely between you and it's a very enjoyable social experience. I had been saving this one for just such an occasion and when a whisky loving friend visited us last weekend, it was a good opportunity to crack open the bottle and enjoy. And enjoy we did - to mild excess which resulted in my first alcohol induced headache for quite a while. I am not a particularly knowledgeable whisky person but I do know what I like and I reckon I can tell the difference between a good malt and a naff blend - certainly at the extremes. That said, there are some pretty good and not necessarily expensive blends now available so you don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money on a premium brand. The particular characteristics I appreciated on this one were its smooth and refined taste. It didn't make you catch your breath or make a face and it has a strong lingering aftertaste which stayed with you between sips. Between us, we only had just over half of this small bottle - about three good measures each but since I am not a regular imbiber of strong liquor that was plenty of alcohol for me. My wife tells me that I started talking rubbish - that's when she took the bottle from us. If you appreciate a good single malt, I can certainly recommend this. It's distilled at The Glennmorangie Distillery in Tain in Ross-shire in Scotland. "Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain" is the manufacturer's proud claim, prominently featured on the label. If they ever take on more staff or are required to make labour savings, will they change this phrase in their marketing? Doubt it - but would we be able to sue them for misdescribing their product? - and would it taste any different if it was handcrafted by 13 or 18 men and what does handcrafting mean when it comes to making whisky? So many questions in life - so few answers.
At home, we are well and truely 'out numbered' with children. Quiet moments come at a premium. Occasionally though, there comes a time in the afternoon when I have made the final car journey, and I find I have a moment prior to starting the dinner, doing the baths and a final tidy up. It is on these rare occasions that I brew a cup of Darjeeling tea, pour a small glass of Glenmorangie and then just sit. Glenmorangie is my absolute favourite of the affordable single malts. My present 35 cl bottle cost me ten pounds from Sainsburys where it was on offer for Christmas. You can expect to pay about £22 full price for a 70 cl bottle. ************************************ Glenmorangie means 'Valley of Tranquillity' in Gaelic, and the name refers to the distillery's idyllic setting on the banks of the Dornoch Firth in the far North of Scotland. The distillery was established in 1843, and now as then, the crafting of Glenmorangie is still entrusted to the Sixteen Men of Tain - sixteen individuals who are soley responsible for producing this whisky. The key component to the flavour of whisky is the water used. Glenmorangie is made from water from the springs of the Tarlogie springs, which rise a mile over the head of the distillery. The water begins as rain falling on the Hill of Tain and then filters down through lime and sandstone rocks, emerging up to 100 years later, as mineral rich spring water. The whisky is then matured for ten years in bourbon oak casks in stone built, earth floored warehouses. **************************************** Glenmorangie Distillery describes its whisky as having ' a light honeyed sweetness fused with notes of citrus, vanilla and almonds.' When you first open the bottle, you are first of all struck by its sweetness. Above the alcohol are definate notes of sugared almonds. I love it because it is such a warm and accessible whisky. The flavour is light, but at the same time complex and the warm rich firey flavours play out on your tongue. There is no peatiness - that aggresive chemical taste that can seem aggressive in some whisky and bourbon. *************************************** I love to drink single malt because I love its timelessness, complexity and warmth. I love the history, and the craft and care that go into its production. I love the way the fire of the alcohol blends with the delicacy of its flavours. Glenmorangie is not the best single malt I have tasted. But it is my favourite. Its gentleness makes it accessible, but it's fire and complexity provides rare moments of sanctuary and solice.
The flagship of the Glenmorangie range is realised only after a decade in American Mountain Oak casks from where the unique flavour of Glenmorangie is fully developed. Its colour is bright with a hint of pale blue, its aroma is light, delicate and floral with a subtle smokiness for a well balanced, fresh and aromatic flavour.