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Glenmorangie Dornoch

Sweet flowers

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

2nd Oct 2016


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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The Glenmorangie Dornoch is a travel retail exclusive with a story but without an age-statement. It was gifted to me by my brother-in-law. Now I can enjoy the unoffensive nature of Glenmorangie and i found the 25 year old quite nice when i tried it. This will probably land somewhere in the middle..


It starts off very sweet. White sugar and lilac flowers. With some time strawberries appear and also a buttery note. After a while the bourbon barrels really shine through with the familiar whiffs of pear and varnish-y vanilla. Not very exciting to me. However giving it 10-15 minutes opens up some additional and, to me, more interesting aspects.

Some obtuse notes from the sherry casks and the tiniest hint of peat smoke, creme brulee - particularly the burnt sugar on top. Flaky butter dough and pine sap. Its not very complex but it does have some development.


Fresh! It is not as sweet as the nose. Flowery pot-pourri and spearmint. It is quite floral. Malty in the sense of a danish pastry. No smoke.


The finish is a continuation of the palate and unfortunately it is a bit lacking body. Spearmint, apple cider and a malty, floral beer note.

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