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Glenmorangie 18 Year: Distiller: Glenmorangie Spirit: Single Malt Scotch Price: $114.90 ABV: 43%
Appearance: Light caramel color that lightly coats the glass with few if any legs.
Nose: Caramel, vanilla, fall spice, light smoke
Taste: Grapefruit, orange, caramel, no peat/smoke, citrus, honey, creamy malt
Finish: Heaven? Caramel stays through for the long run, slight sting on the tongue (which is goooood). Smooth x 1000. As the grapefruit disappears throughout the finish, it does make a comeback at the very end.
Cocktail: If you think using a whisky that costs more than $115.00 in a cocktail is an reasonable decision, then please stop drinking immediately and check yourself into your local insane asylum.
Bottle: One of the best bottles we’ve seen. We like our scotch bottles like we like our women — curvy and intoxicating — and this bottle delivers. A slightly minimalistic label with elegant lettering; the focus here is not on the label (like most bottles) but on the whisky itself. The thicker base allows light to enter regardless of where you place it, showing off the beautiful liquid inside. It also comes in a classy, bi-fold case which some might think is a bit presumptuous, but frankly, on a $100+ bottle, it should be viewed as insurance on your prized goods.
Conclusion: Richard: This is certainly the smoothest whisky I’ve ever tasted, and although I really enjoyed it, I cannot say that it was my favorite (or even close). While the palate was shockingly interesting with it’s bouquet of sweet citrus, I cannot imagine myself drinking this more than once or twice a year. I need to be in a specific mood for such a focused whisky; it’s fairly complex, but citrus it the overwhelming flavor, and that has never been my cup-o’-tea when it comes to whisky. It is an excellent dram — one smell, or sip is enough to show the craftsmanship, dedicated, and passion put into making it — but frankly, I have enjoyed many other scotches more than the Glenmorangie 18, and they didn’t cost an arm and a leg (which is about where this one will land you).