The Ten Year Old was rechristened Original when LVMH took over. It is still matured for ten years in oak from the forest in the Ozark Mountains, of which Glenmorangie is the owner. This is their entry level malt at 40%. I tried it before and found it to be quite ordinary,but am willing to give it another go after six years.
The nose is very sweet and docile on vanilla, toffee, honey and white fruit. Think apples and pears, but also – with a bit of good will – some gooseberries. Slightly more creamy than I remember, so it has that going for it at least.
It is also oily, almost creamy, on the palate. That’s nice. It is again very sweet (on more of the same from the nose, albeit joined by some raisin, almonds and loads of caramel), but also a bit spicy. Very soft, though. Just a whiff of pepper, almost not worthy to be mentioned.
The medium long finish continues in the same league.
A flawless, but rather uninspired entry level malt. Around 30 to 35 EUR, depending on where you look. Fine whisky for (no offense!) beginners.