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The 18 Years Old is a single malt Scotch whisky that under goes a specific maturation process. According to the folks at Glenmorangie the spirit has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks and about 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both spirits have reached 18 years, they are blended back together to complete the finished product. This has been breathing for 10 minutes as per my usual procedure, neat and in a simple whisky tumbler. It has a lovely clean gold amber colour. On the nose rich, and sweet with a definite sherry influence, floral, fresh with honey scents. A small sip reveals an initial burst of sweet spirit, a bit fiery at first. The subsequent sips allow a zesty orange-lemon interplay to occur. As you allow it to coat the mouth some almond and vanilla, along with some burnt sugar appear. Adding a few drops of water causes the zest to fade and allows the subtle vanilla, fruit, some apricot, pineapple and even … banana to be discovered. Bottled at 43% ABV. the rare 18 has a noticeable but not powerful finish. Well balanced. It retails for about 80 GBP in the UK, that’s about $125 US, and in (LCBO) Canada $194. Score 89/100.