One of the titans of whisky Wonka-ry (think Bruichladdich, Edradour, Arran), Glenmorangie has managed to build nearly their entire core range around the concept of cask finishing.
Finshing can be looked at as simply another tool in the artist’s (read: whisky maker’s) repertoire or as a somewhat disingenuous way of glossing over blemishes in the product.
Let’s grant benefit of the doubt here. We’ve tried enough of the unadulterated ‘Morangie’s to know that the whisky itself (prior to franken-engineering) is pretty darn good.
Nose: Sweet caramel and toffee notes are cushioned in wine. Strawberries and champagne. This is all set with mascerated fruits, nut and chocolate. Hints of salt water and a gorgeous tobacco smoke, almost like a mild cigar.
Palate: Creamy, oily and coating. Bit o’ lemon. Bit o’ wood. Sooooo wine-rich. Much like an over-the-top French dessert. It lingers with warmth and a tangy appleskin note on the palate. The wine edge from the sauterne cask finish is deceptively enticing and alluring. Sweet and sensual.
This really is a pretty little wine-finished whisky. One of the best honestly. Gotta be careful with sweet wines and good malts as a rule, but when they do click…nice…very nice. I can imagine serving this with a bowl of strawberries and cream. Being as sweet as it is though, it is one I have to be in the mood for.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt