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Glenmorangie 18 Year Old

Extremely Sweet

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

19th May 2013


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Resounding titles such as Extremely Rare immediately make you want to try this dram. So I got me a sample of this Glenmorangie at a festival in Ghent last February. After maturing on bourbon for 15 years, it got a three year long finish on oloroso sherry casks.

The nose is honeysweet and floral. All kinds of honey and vanilla custard, wrapped in spring flowers. Mildly fruity on yellow plums and yellow raisins. Sultanas, they are called. Evolves slowly but surly into orange juice with a shot of grenadine. This is spring in your glass.

On the palate, too, it is sweet and somewhat creamy. A little pepper and pinch of nutmeg offer a mild bite. Orange and prune marmalade with quite a lot of vanilla. Midpalate, a slightly metallic touch emerges. I am again reminded of orange juice. Make that lemonade. Not bad, but rather docile to be honest.

In the medium long finish, which remains very sweet, some drying oak rears its head.

Absolutely good whisky, especially if the sun is out. But no matter how extremely rare this may be, it is not extremely overwhelming. Extremely sweet, yes. Around 70 EUR.

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vrudy6 commented

I had the privilege of tasting this fine malt and I must say you are right on on your description. I also tasted the Macallan 18 that same evening and did a comparo side by side along with the Glenmo 18 and I enjoyed it more than The Macallan. I found it more delicate and complex with its mix of sherry and its unmistakable perfumes and oranges that only Glenmos are known for. I found the Macallan and its Sherry influence over-the-top.

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