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Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition

Average score from 2 reviews and 3 ratings 83

Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition

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  • Brand: Glenmorangie
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Series: Private Edition
  • ABV: 46.0%

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Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition

The 7th edition of the Glenmorangie private edition has arrived at ocdwhisky office, Glenmorangie Milsean, I think it will be rude not to try it and put my review out. Glenmorangie has now reached no 7 in the private edition collection, they recently put out this beauty named Milsean ( Scots Gaelic for ” sweet things” ) this is pronounced ” meel-shawn” this expression is the latest innovative finished whisky, matured firstly in ex bourbon casks before being extra matured in former wine casks, that have been re-toasted. Glenmorangie just seem to have the knack for turning out these ” finished ” whiskys, and Damm fine they have been too.. So this expression has been bottled at 46% abv.. image Nose.. Wow.. How sweet does this smell, a massive instant rush of sublime candy, everything from candied orange, caramel and rich vanilla fudge. Then you get wave after wave of pear drops, honey and butterscotch, some ripe pear and stewed Apple, and a spicy note like cinnamon and ginger. Towards the end once you manage to get past the sweet barrage of aromas you get some dried fruits and liquorice notes, soft scents of tobacco end this incredible onslaught..

Palate.. As soon as this hits the mouth you instantly get that sweetness, a massive rush of natural sugars, the fruitiness is incredible, there is so much going on in this, one minute your getting vanilla and toffee, then you have citrus notes, then right back to caramel. Orange and some grapefruit arrive with a subtle hint of melon, before spices like ginger and cinnamon take their turn, a little almond flavour mixes with coconut, the flavours just keep coming and coming..

Finish.. A lingering array of sweetness and spices make this finish worthy of the drinking experience you have just had..

Thoughts.. Either I am getting a sweet tooth or this is really delicious.. I find the nose just Devine, the palate delivers just what the nose suggests there will be and more, this is a multi dimensional whisky, it has so much to offer, the flavours just hit you in wave after wave. If you don’t like sweet whisky with delicious flavours and a complexity beyond the typical ” finished ” whisky then this is not for you.. But if you fancy something that will make you sit up and think, something that will challenge your taste buds, then what are you waiting for.. Dive in to this world of sweet shop, candy loving liquid in a bottle..


I normally love sweet whiskys too and was really excited to try it. I guess I'm more aligned with horsts review on whisky.com or maybe have a dud bottle. It feels very young for me too.

I tried a lovely sweet 11 year old speyside glenlivet from TWE recently. Really nice, cask strength at 75€.

I wish I could say I liked it as much as your review. I have an opened bottle that I don't touch really.


I haven't done a review in ages, so time to correct that! Last night I tried the new Glenmorangie Milsean (Private Edition). I’m Irish, so the word “Milsean” is very familiar with me; it’s the Irish word for sweets that you would buy from a sweetshopnewsagent. This whisky is finished in re-toasted wine casks. Interestingly this was released to market earlier than planned. They had expected at least a 5 year maturation in the wine casks, but pulled it after 2.5 years. It presents itself very well (packaging).

Nose: Bourbon, and a high quality one, straight from the go. Complex and subtle sweet fruity aromas appear. Dried orange peel, loganberry, melon, cherry, raspberry and discreet oaky tones. Very fruity but it’s kinda of subtle and doesn’t leap out of the glass. Time is needed. Mouth: Instant ginger spice hits that then evolves into thick, fruity and sweet flavours. Many different kinds of berry fruits and yes you could imagine you are in a sweet shop. But it’s not as cloying as I had feared. The finish is unusual. Ginger spice roars and it turns from thick to thin. But if you wait long enough a subtle fruity berry note appears at the very end, starting your mouth watering all over again. What is fun is the berry note in the final finish seems to evolve with each sip, first sip it was loganberries, next sip it was cherry. Fun stuff.

I can see why they pulled it earlier than expected. Already a roaring ginger spice is present that may have swamped it if left much longer. So very nice, fruity and sweet. You can still taste the Glenmorangie spirit under everything and the initial bourbon maturation sings loudly too. I think this will do well.

Thanks for this, and a very welcome back to review writing! I'm very curious to try this now, because I tend to not mind if a malt is on the sweeter side. Whether the Milsean is a malt for my taste or not-- might depend on what kind of sweet it is, I guess. There's honey-malt sweet, px raisin sweet, there's the sweetness of premium rums, there's licorice sweetness, and there's artificial sweetener aspartame/Sweet'n'Low. But in any case, a drop of 7-8 points from your original score is not a good sign!

Thank you. I guess this falls into the winey, liquorice almost sweetie type of sweetness. You will probably like it if that style suits you. I compared it to the sonalta recently and I way prefer that one. I come home from work longing for a dram of a fantastic sherried glenlivet I got recently, but tend to ignore this bottle!

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