The Schtick: “The sixth entry in Glenmorangie’s Private Collection, showing off the distillery’s experiments with different varieties of barley and named after the Gaelic word for ‘originary’ (an archaic form of ‘originating’). Made using traditionally floor-malted Maris Otter barley, it’s an old-fashioned whisky backed up by Glenmorangie’s modern approach to whisky-making.” – The Whiskey Exchange
ABV: 46% ABV
Nose: Sweet honey, cream, lemons and limes. Citrus, faint oak. Mildly bready.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. No real heat. Toffee, almonds, caramel and fresh baked bread. Some bitterness, light plastic notes. Ethanol grows but doesn’t become invasive.
Finish: Short and almost a sort of coffee note develops. Malty and bready, light cocoa, pipe tobacco and pepper.
Overall: Very interesting but something I’d not often reach for. The bitterness is curbed by the really bold coffee note in the finish, though, which does well to propel this outside the typical range of scores we’ve been seeing from Glenmor lately.
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Other Glenmorangie Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #1040 – Glenmorangie Tusail
- Review #1038 – Glenmorangie Spios
- Review #1036 – Glenmorangie Artein
- Review #1034 – Glenmorangie Astar, 2017 Re-release
- Review #1032 – Glenmorangie Bacalta
- Review #1030 – Glenmorangie 12yr Nectar d’Or, Sauternes Cask Finish
- Review #1028 – Glenmorangie 12yr Quinta Ruban, Port Cask Finish
- Review #1026 – Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, Sherry Finish
- Review #1024 – Glenmorangie 10yr “The Original”
- Review #22 – Glenmorangie Lasanta