Now let's try the current bottling. In my last review, I said the current bottling no longer carried a 10 year old age statement - this is false, now that I'm looking at it it clearly does. I just opened this now.
The colour is a medium gold, identical to the older bottling (though perhaps a little less oily in the glass). On the nose there is honey, lemon, baked pastry, almonds, a touch of oak and a tiny bit of spice. A slight hint of peat comes through with water. Very nice and pleasant.
On the palate this is very smooth and easy-going - a little too delicate. Light thin honey, orange pith, lemon meringue and again, a very small touch of spice (a bit spicier with water). Nice but fairly nondescript.
The finish is a bit oaky, herbal and fruity, with some late arriving spice. Well, as you get from my notes above - it's nice. Pretty much what I tasted last night with Hamish (though I think this bottle with me here is still a bit closed, it needs time to open up). But no comparison to the older mini. Side-by-side, the older one has that old malty, slightly peaty aspect to it that the new one is sorely missing - especially on the palate. There is no contest. When it comes to the Glenmorangie 10, older is better.
@talexander. If I read your review before seeing the score, I would assume you were about to score this at around 82. Your words seem to contradict the score, or vice-versa. The last time I had this was a litre from a duty free. I found it too sweet, seriously lacking in complexity and devoid of any discernible finish. Inoffensive is about the best I could say for it. I would be generous in scoring it 82. I think there are much better entry level 10-12 year olds than this one. AnCnoc 12, Benromach 10, Arran 10, HP 12, to name just a few. Are you really comfortable scoring this within a point or two of the older one that you find much superior? I'm usually right with you on your reviews, but we don't see eye to eye on this one. Cheers.
This has been my "go to" for over 30 years. I don't think it has really changed that much, but "bottle aging" may make some difference in your comparison. Also the use of first fill barrels has made some changes to the taste, as compared to older bottlings. I actually enjoy first fill, so it doesn't bother me, but may others.
In fact my most recent bottle was quite good, especially with some air time. It has always needed to sit for a bit to get rid of the alcohol bite, but this last one was truly as good as the Arran 14 I had at the same time, but not quite as good as the Nadurra 16. I would put it at 88 and the Nadurra at 91. I have had many other bottles of Glenmo 10 over the years that have been low 80's, but recent ones have been quite good.