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This was going to be pt2 of a h2h with the Glen Grant 10 but since I think I have a bad bottle of that one lets let the Glenmorangie 10yo 'The Original' stand on its own in my search for an entry level hot weather dram.
Nose: A summer meadow. I say summer as opposed to spring because it's more grassy than floral. Dry hay, grassy, slightly floral, sweet grapes, and vanilla with a slight bitterness. It's all a bit muted so you really have to stick your nose in the glass.
Palate: Much sweeter than the nose. Vanilla takes things over here, with some milk chocolate (I wasn't expecting that) all balanced with a lively spicy oaky bite. The spice and oak really help balance the sweetness otherwise it would be too sweet. I would say the palate is simple but balanced.
Finish: Drying, oaky and not as sweet.
Body: Thin and light as expected.
Overall: Good whisky, especially for the price of 158rmb (about $23usd). This will definately be a good candidate for a summertime sunday evening dram. And for 23 bucks. Good value. I would love to try a cask strength version of this.