Distilled, aged and bottle in Scotland.
It’s sippable, it’s mixable, it’s easy to crack open and share with guests when you don’t want to get into the really good stuff… it’s a table whisky. And that’s not a bad thing. We all need a decent table whisky in our cuppboards. And if you’re looking for one, give the anCnoc 12 Single Malt a shot!
The Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve 25 Years is good, better than either of the Sonoma finished bourbons I’ve had, but it’s incredibly light. Everything is coming through in hints and whispers and I don’t feel like I’m really getting even the level of depth I got out of the Quarter Century. I’m not upset by the Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve 25 Years, just wished I got more out of this glass.
Whiskies like the Glenmorangie 25 Years “The Quarter Century” should be NCF and bottled at 46% ABV bare minimum when the angels allow. Let the consumer add water to their ultra-aged whisky, don’t do it for them. They’re adults, they can handle a dropper to strip away layers of alcohol and discover the depths of a whisky like this.
If this Glenmorangie Cask Masters “A” Grand Cru Burgundy Finish was available on the market now, and priced in my range, I would buy a bottle. Wine finishing works well with Glenmorangie spirit and I know Dr. Bill is a huge wine fan so it’s a bit strange we don’t see more wine finished Glenmos along this line hit the market.
For those who aren’t Glenmo lovers, this gives folks something other than the usual bright and fruity whisky. It’s something deeper and darker to sink into and that has an appeal to a certain group of drinkers. Though no matter how you feel about Glenmo, and even if you hate this, I think we can all agree on the Glenmorangie Signet being one of the most unique whiskies/profiles in the world of Scotch.
It sounds generic on the surface, but the more I taste the more I enjoy getting at the core profile of a distillery and that’s really found in ex-Bourbon casks. I love sherry, port, Madeira, etc. but the older I get, and the more I experience I have, the more I enjoy coming back to well-crafted ex-bourbon whiskies like this Glenmorangie 19 Years Finest Reserve. It’s just plain good.
I’m incredibly happy to have tried this Glenmorangie 13 Years Cognac Finish, I’ve been very curious about a cognac finished Glenmo and while this is the only one I’ve had so far, I’m not convinced they’re a good match. But then again, they did purposely use tired casks. I’d love to try this with first and second-fill casks only and see what it can do to the spirit. If this Glenmo mega vertical has shown us anything, it’s that the spirit can easily mesh with bigger flavors and come out awesome.
If you’re looking for something to treat yourself with it’s hard to beat the Glenmorangie 18 Years Extremely Rare in the “everyday luxury” category. It’s just magnificent with a warm, complex delivery that seduces the senses and keeps you entertained and intrigued from start to finish. It’s among my favorite, not-completely-unaffordable, luxury sippers out there.
But with a result this good in a one-off who really cares? The end result is a whisky that gives us a look through a different window but fundamentally remains the house of Glenmo. They crated something fun and tasty with the Glenmorangie Tusail and I kinda wish I had a bottle to keep my exploration going.
I like the ones that stick out of their category and have a unique profile and tastiness to them, something that forces you to pay attention. This definitely fits that bill and ever since I opened it I find myself constantly wanting to go back and continue exploring it. Glenmorangie Companta is a weird whisky, but in the best of ways.
This is vastly different and I don’t fully equate it to Glenmo, but it does retain some of that naturally fruity character – I get hints of it peeking through. Like how hints of Tobermory peek through Ledaig. The light peat makes Glenmorangie Finealta a fundamentally different whisky, and that’s not a bad thing here because it’s quite good.
It didn’t obliterate it like it does with fully ex-PX Glendronachs (I avoid those now), but it is heavy enough that I’m having trouble finding the Glenmo spirit in this. Setting aside this is supposed to be a Glenmo and looking at it in the abstract though, the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is a decent whisky, but not something I’d reach for regularly.
It’s not as rich, deep or complex as the QR 14, but it denotes a great genesis, it has most of the frame and darkly fruity meat of what will become my favorite of the core Glenmo. Heck, one of my favorite Glenmos period. For Glenmo fans, the Glenmorangie Port Wood 12 Years is worth at least a taste if you can seek it out.