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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

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  • Brand: Glenmorangie
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%
  • Age: 10 year old

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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

NOSE: it comes on gently with lovely, generous vanilla cream. Then you get some citrus (orange, lemon peels)as well as some fresh pears. After some time in a glass, there's a hint of red apples there as well.

TASTE (pretty much the same as the nose): light-bodied, creamy, vanilla, milk chocolate and pears.

FINISH: fairly long, vanilla, milk chocolate all the way

OVERALL IMPRESSION: red apples topped with melted chocolate and whipped cream, generously spiced with vanilla and citrus zest. I guess that's all I have to say about this yummy single malt=)


Glenmorangie 10 year old was pretty straight shooting like Lemonade Joe in the movie. Straight forward but bit incoherent.

Glenmorangie 10 yrs is definitely 'the lemonade whisky' and it suits well for summer evenings but it's nothing special.

Nose: Like a very mellow fruity fragrance. Watery lemonade with citrus and floral notes.

Taste. The floral effect is massive with some caramel sweetness and stingy lemony feel.

Finish: Spicy and minty, sharp and fruity as well.

Balance: Very light start and rough end, but with a nice taste in the middle. A bit of scramble of light and stingy notes, yet a decent whisky.


The Glenmorangie 10 is the top selling single malt in Scotland. It has long been a staple in the industry, and is the backbone of the Glenmorangie offerings. It has been well received by many as an accessible and easy to enjoy spirit. I recently went to a Glenmorangie Tasting Seminar, and they kept pounding the fact home that it is the brand the Scots drink the most. (that and the fact that they claim to have the world’s tallest stills…roughly the height of a giraffe!)

The 10 was one of the first bottles I ever received as a gift, and it came with two glasses to boot as part of a set. One of the primary reasons I gravitated towards this Scotch originally was the reasonable price point, and the fact that it is fairly well-known and has a good reputation.

I will have to create a separate post about the Glenmorangie tasting in the future, as it was a great time. We sampled a solid amount of the range, including the Artien and others (7 in total). The Brand Ambassador went through a Power Point presentation, and we enjoyed some nice selections.

Tasting Notes

Color: Pale straw Body: Medium bodied Nose: Fruits, specifically lemons, Oak, with a tiny bit of vanilla. Not too deep and complex though. Palate: Vanilla comes out more, like vanilla ice cream. A little spicy and sweet, with some floral notes. Finish: Fairly quick, a little spicy and warm.


My notes from the bottle I had over a year ago were a bit harsh, and I think I can bump the rating up a little. However, having this at the tasting up against the likes of the Glenmorangie SIGNET and the 18, this one really faded into the background. I would consider it a solid all around whisky, but a little forgettable.


I've done a bit of research on this bottle (and others), and I've concluded that I'm quite lucky to live in Taiwan. This country seems to have some of the most competitive whisky prices in the world.

The Glenmorangie 10 costs the equivalent of under $22 CAN, just under £14, or €16. That isn't a sale price, it's the bottle's consistent price here. I come from Canada where the bottle is more than triple that price (we're highly taxed in Quebec). Needless to say, I was quite excited to find that one of the cheapest bottles of single malt to be found here was also a damn good one. It's almost too good to be true!

Anyway, I'll stop bragging about the prices here and get down to it. ;)

Nose: Vanilla pudding, crème brûlée, fresh mandarins, and light malt. What strikes me with this nose is that I detect a milky, creamy quality to this dram before it even touches the mouth. Fantastic.

Taste: Creamy, paced arrival followed by a hit of spice. Vanilla and crème brûlée again, light honey, and lots of citrus rind. What I like about this dram is that there is an orange tang to it without any of the briny, vinigary, acidic notes that often accompany citrus flavours in younger whiskies.

This is my favorite light whisky. Along with the aforementioned price, the Glenmorangie 10 has it all. It's got a powerful youthful vitality that I've heard gets lost in the older bottlings (haven't tried them all, I could be wrong there). It's got a bit of a spicy kick. It's not the most complex whisky, but it's not the least either. Good, interesting body. Also, they've managed to avoid the lack of balance and/or acidic flavours that often plague the 'less mature' whiskies. Finally, I love whiskies with creamy textures and flavours. If you do too, you won't be disappointed.

Overall, it's just a very balanced, interesting, enjoyable light dram. Also, this is the perfect bottle to give an age snob who thinks the best whiskies are always the oldest ones.


Quintessential Glenmorangie flavor profile. Lots of fruit on the nose balanced with malted barley sugar, touches of honey and even some grassy undertones.

The palate is very light and the sweetnes continues. Keep it on the front of the palate to release the sugar from the fruits.

The finish is gentle with the typical Glenmorangie malted barley lingering for a bit.

I am usually able to taste the 10 yr old in most of Glenmo's wine finishes. A credit to the distillery's finishing technique, e.g., the finishes don't obstruct the underlying spirit, they just add to it. Except for maybe the Lasanta in which the sherry can be quite pervasive (in a good way).


The second of the two mystery drams that the owner of the pub brough me was this, the Glenmorangie 10 Year. Nothing exotic here, but a very fine dram indeed. This could easily be a daily-drinker.

Nose: Barley, Malt, and warm bread. Also some underlying citrus, like orange (in the GlenmORANGie... see what I did there?) which adds a really nice layer to it. Mmm so pleasant! Nothing crazy or complex, but man this stuff will just make you smile. I like it.

Palate: Solid. Light, easy drinker, with heavy influences of the warm bread, and other cereal notes. I get more of the underlying citrus which is a nice refreshing twise.

Finish: Very subtle. No pop or bang here, but it's nice! Yeasty, again with the warm bread, wheat, cereal notes... pretty consistent dram start to finish without any real curveballs. Just a good, easy dram.

A solid review, this one is a whisky that I always recomend having on hand, the reason is that it does not chase folks away who aren't big whisky drinkers but are willing to try some. This althought not just for women is a good whisky for them to try because it's so well balanced. Thanks. :)

Thanks a ton!! This definitely seems like a bottle to have around. Thanks for the kind words on the review!

As for the other two, that's pretty funny that you have them both in your cabinets. That Clynelish was very, very good. Tell me what you think of it!


I've yet to taste another dram that's taste can be so perfectly attributed to one food, an orange creamsicle. This dram is extremely complex and needs a fair amount of time to develop in the glass. dispite it's complexity the overarching creamsicle flavour dominates. When I first opened this bottle the nose was nearly undetectable and even time in the glass only did so much (hard to assess but complex once it opens up). I preferred it without water but with water the nose breaks apart the creamsicle into vanilla and mandarin orange flavours as well as increasing the irn bru notes. The mouthfeel became much creamier with toffee and more floral notes appearing.


Glenmorangie the original, my first bottle of Scotch. This is the bottle that started my love affair with Scotch. I recently quit smoking and needed something to fill the void and decided I needed to give Scotch a try. So I set foot into my local S.A.Q. (The booze store for those who don't live in Quebec) and asked for some advice. I was shown this and that however Glenmorangie was the box that caught my eye, although it was more than I wanted to spend on something I wasn't sure I would like, I figured might as well spend a little more for quality as opposed to wasting my hard earned cash on something cheap. That night I emptied half the bottle with my neighbors. The experience was great, it tasted fantastic, much better than I remembered what Whisky tasted like, having only sampled it as a teen from the liquor cabinets of the parents! Anyways, all that to say, if your new to Scotch, this is the one I recommend you start with however, be forewarned, once you try it, you're mostly gonna be hooked for life! Enjoy!

Thanks for the review. An absolute regular in my cabinet. Amazing complexity for what you pay. Best bang for your buck single malt out there in my opinion.


Heard it was a great whisky, and for a good price I thought I'd give it a go...

Nose: Nice and subtle citrus, it is really quite a nice change from most of the sherry bombs that I am accustomed to.

Palate: The citrus really unfolds here, and with a little water there is a lovely spiciness that surrounds the whole toungue. very nice.

Finish: Not overly long, but the spiciness fades a little and the sweet citrus lingers. Nice bottle I'll continue to enjoy.


This gem is used as a base to make the exceptional Quinta Ruban and Necta D'Or. And that's what this entry level Glenmorangie is. Exceptional.

The nose is bright and sunny like the first day of spring. A picnic basket of goodness sits nearby with buttery biscuits covered in honey dipped raisins. A small fruitbasket of citrus, tinged with vanilla, comes out next followed by just a handful of moist almonds. The air is then filled with a touch of something delicate and floral.

The surprisingly robust delivery brings with it the juiciest of sugarcane and orange and lemon zest. Then adding complexity to the palate are cardamom seeds coated in the most faintest of silver mint. Finally the spices appear accompanied by a trickle of nuts.

The medium finish brings with it spicy black peppers which dry out to a more oaky dry finish. All in all a dram worth savoring.


My brother in law recently celebrated his birthday and when him and my sister in law came to the house they brought with them a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 yr old that HIS brother had bought for him for his birthday.

I decided to crack open my bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel in honor of this occasion, especially since my brother in law was sharing his bottle of Glenmorangie.

Now I've had quite a few tastes of Glenmorangie this year, but never the 10 yr old.

But having had the Astar, the Nectar D'or, and the Quinta Ruban I figured I'd enjoy myself.

So my brother in law cracks open this bottle which is filled with this sunlight golden liquid.

Looks yummy!

My brother in law pours the whisky into the glencairns and the first thing our noses get is sweetness, specifically sweetness from honey.

It's a lovely non offensive nose of honey, fruits like pears and apples, vanilla, and caramel.

This is definitely a nose that won't scare a newcomer to whisky away, unlike an Ardbeg or Lagavulin :D

We decide to take a drink at about the same time and the first thing we both comment on is the strength.

It feels very thin, almost water downed.

Flavors that come through though are the honey, the fruits again, oak, vanilla and caramel.

Again completely inoffensive.

The finish is fairly short and sweet with the honey and oak singing the leads in the chorus.

This is a very nice entry level single malt, but I have to be honest neither my brother in law or myself felt it was very complex or even brilliant.

This is an easily accessible single malt that I'd be happy to introduce whisky novices to, but I don't think I'd ever keep it in my collection unless I received it as a gift, at which I would be a happy man to have a good whisky in said collection.

Nice thing for whisky novices and people looking to get their start in the world of single malts is that this whisky is fairly easy to find and won't break the bank to buy. Should only run you somewhere around the lines of $60 AUS.

However I'd personally spend around $20 bucks more and pick up the higher strength Nectar D'or and Astar.


Nose: mellow vinilla, some cinnamon sugur, golden syrup, dried apple and lemon, thick honey, nectarine and peach, dried pear, sweet malted grains and some toast.

Palate: quite thick and creamy, soft vinilla, honey, toffee, sweet grains, dried fruits (apple, pear, banana), a hint of figs and peach, a very slight dusting of cocoa, smooth and mellow

Finish: smooth vinilla and creamy low strength coffee, hint of cocoa, dried apple and ripe pear, some nectarine, malty sweetness

I like this whisky, especially for it's very mellow nature. For what is often called an entry level whisky it shows an endearing about of mellow complexity. A light style whisky indeed.


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.


There's a reason that Glenmorangie is one of the world's most popular single malts, and frequently among the most critically acclaimed. It's light and fresh, dangerously drinkable, while preserving a complexity that invites the drinker to explore further.

The colour tells you a lot of what you need to know: it's a clear, clean gold, as if pure liquid gold had been mixed with still spring water. The nose is immediately floral and light, even undiluted - at 40%, this doesn't need much teasing to be at its most fragrant. I find a very distinct note of those boiled, sour apple sweets that beckon from jars in the finest old sweet shops, though without the sharpest of the sourness that characterises them. All this is underlain by a lightly citric note, perhaps tending towards orange, but not at all prominent. It needs to be sought out. The tail end of the nose is a very light liquorice.

The palate is as fresh and inviting as the nose, and it's hard to resist the temptation to just gulp it down; this is as smooth and light a single malt as you're ever likely to encounter. The palate flowers wonderfully, moving quickly through an initial kiss of vanilla into a floral stage that also characterises the start of the finish. Going back to the glass in the meantime - and believe me, you will - you'll be surprised by a new, richer scent of butterscotch. The finish isn't overlong, and melts neatly into a detectably grainy character. I'd be surprised if you can wait long enough for a second mouthful to savour the whole finish, anyway, so you're only likely to experience it once the glass is empty!

Don't deride Glenmorangie because of its popularity. There's plenty there to entertain and enjoy. It was not for nothing that this was the first whisky that I ever went back for a fresh bottle of in preference to a new one.


This was the first single malt I had ever tasted (although I didn't comprehend what I was tasting, so my first 'offical' single was Talisker).

Sweet smooth and light, this expression leaves you with a lingering memory, for long time for such a light dram.

Yes it is a beginners single. Yes it is an afternoon/after dinner dram Yes you should bring it out for the guests that don't apprciate some of the rarer malts. This would never be my first choice, but it still a nice scotch


Leathery and spicy aroma, with a good bit of apple and butterscotch. Taste is bold and pronounced, lots of leather and fall fruits, slight hints of pear. Finish is wonderfully fruity and sweet.


Just had this in a nearby bar. First single malt in a while, as I've been sipping bourbon and blends in the last few months. And wow! not at all what I expected.

Glenmorangie was for me one of those regular big brand affair, a bit like those national brand beer: not bad, but not memorable.

Was I wrong!

In fact it is quite a palatable, even very good, dram.

Fairly light colored, the initial nose was quite sweet. Bear in mind I was drinking from a tumbler. Not sirupy, but malted.But then the vanilla toffee kicked in, followed by a floral bouquet. White flowers, not pungent: springy even.

And the taste was even fairer. crème caramel with that slightly caramelized light coulis. Some sweet bitternes, like orange, no lemony peel. Maize?

The alcohol was not too present, so i'm not sure I would use water.

This has just become my goto bar whisky!

Can't wait for some more time with it in a more relaxed environment and with my trusted glencairn.

I have the glenmorangie 10 year old, I suppose it is older than the (original).

the older bottle is straight and the 'original' is curved.

can you confirm and it seems your review is for the 'original' which iin fact is the newer curved bottle shape.


i am asking because the 10 yr old in your picture is not the 'original' i.e the one you reviewed. yes??


The wonderful and complex nose hits instantly with changing fruit, floral, and grain. The scotch carefully steps onto the palate and then explodes with overripe citrus, fresh apple, and mild walnut. The sweetness lingers for awhile and then turns to fresh grass for the finish.

I've reviewed with right along with the two Macallans and it beats both, in my opinion. A fantastic highland that will never betray your bank account.


This was my first try of any of the Glenmorangie range after having read up on it. This is the second best selling whisky of Scotland, so it must be d(r)amn good, right?

I had the 10 year old from before the overhaul in which it suddenly became the 'Original'.

The nose is very light with some oak and honey, but not complex in the least.

It's body is very oily, almost sirupy. It clings to the glass unlike I've ever seen with whisky.

On the palate it's almost buttery. There is quite some vanilla in there and some fudge. A light hint of peat as well, that makes it burn a little in the back of the throat.

I felt the finish was rather short with loads of spice and even a little orange in the back.

I'm sure I need to try it again, because this one left me in doubt. I was very keen on trying the Signet and Sonalta PX, but now I'm not so sure.

I am a fan of the 10yr Original. It's a nice go-to dram at a bar but I don't stock it. I will say that the rest of the line (at least the 18yr, Signet, Nectar, Quinta Ruban and Astar) is absolutely cracking! Have not had/do not own a bottle of the Sonalta - I'd stay away from the LaSanta, personally.

The signet is something so very different. Not just from the Glenmo line but from most drams out there. It's absolutely brilliant (hope to write a review on it myself in the near future - only have a little bit left though and at $150/bottle...Not sure I can afford another).

I must admit, there is a pretty big difference between the 10 year old and the 10 year old original, with the 10 year old original being quite good. The whole new range (nectar d'or, astar, sonalta px and signet are all parts of this) have garnered excellent reviews. I've only had the Astar, but it was glorious.

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