The Glenmorangie Traditional Cask is basically the 10 year old at cask strength, un-chill filtered and without any coloring. This is as raw as a Glenmorangie will get.
A bit like new-make the nose is flush full of tropical fruits like mangoes, papaya and apricots enveloped in a, not-so-unpleasant, cloud of brine. Oxidization brings out woody chocolate citrus overtones which sit nicely atop all the fruits. (Note: a drop of water made the spirit sweeter and more biscuity / malty).
The palate is quite intensely spicy with a white pepper burst. Let it traverse your palate and the spirit mellows down to a honey pudding sweetness. (Note: a drop of water made the mouthfeel creamier but did not add to the flavor profile).
The finish is a touch chalky without being bothersome.
Am I impressed? Sure, why not?
Yeah loved this one too, I usually drink peated stuff, but this fruitbomb provided a welcome change to the bogmonsters. At a tasting, a lady who works for a big whisky importer in the Netherlands told me there's more to it than being just the 10 year old at cask strength; they used different (better quality) barrels and apparently its a mix of different ages with an average of about ten years. It sells for over €150 now :p