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Glenmorangie, situated in Tain in the Highlands, has an ironclad reputation, not in the least for their use of the highest stills in Scotland. In the last few years, they have positioned themselves as a luxury brand – most likely under impuls of the since-2004 owners Luis Vuitton Moët Hennesy – the luxury goods consortium. That was also reason why bottlings got French sounding names. But we will be trying the old 10 Year Old first, matured on American oak. We are trying it H2H with the newer version, the Original.
The nose is malty and sweet on vanilla and honey, but not much else. Some toffee. Very mild spices.
It is fruity and sweet on the palate with soft spice, but a little firmer than the nose let on. Along the way, I also pick up some peach and mint.
The finish is spicy, but rather short.
It is clear that the targeted audience for this malt are the (no offense) regular whisky drinkers. No wonder it became so popular. It’s dangerously easy to drink. I tried it last two years ago and remember not being so fond of it. Today, it suits me a little better.