Glenmorangie is a distillery in the highlands of Scotland and man do they do smooth well. This expression has been aged in ex-bourbon casks for at least 15 years and then finished in sherry barrels. The result is a natural honey sweetness overlayed by strong fruity notes. The use of those bourbon casks really is the underpinning of the flavour profile. The sweetness and character are a result of the maturation process, the slow transfer of caramelly and fruity notes take time to develop and mellow. Once imbued, the finish in the sherry casks serves to add a subtle brightness that develops in a slow rolling tide.
The nose of this single malt gem is instantly sweet and complex, at the onset you pick up on a clear honeyed orange aroma that parlays into a light caramel undertone. It feels like you’re only getting the sweetest aspects at first but that floral orange belies a more complex palate to come.
The dram is a gentle wave pleasantly rolling through the mouth with a gentle warmth. What is clear is the eminent smooth drinkability of this expression, it shimmers with hints of vanilla and buttery complexion. The captivating result from the mellowness is a mouthfeel that has a present and agreeable presence. This aspect will continue to appreciate after every sip, creating a languishing sensation of buttery caramel.
The finish builds on the enveloping warmth in the mouth and plays on the notes of the floral fruits from the nose and hums slowly away, inviting you to take another sip that play across your tastebuds again.
This is a well rounded pleasure, the only downside is the price point, it’s a bit of doozy. This is a top shelf affair the bottle and the box to match; and should tasted if and when the opportunity arises.