Glenmorangie Cask Masters Tasting
Initially i thought i was going to be working all this week so pretty much any plans to do anything would be out the window, but it will be at least another week before i start so when i was asked if i would like to attend a whisky tasting of the Glenmorangie Cask Masters series I was over the moon at being able to attend.
As is the norm at this type of event the evening started with some Glenmorangie based whisky cocktails before we were introduced to the idea behind the Glenmorangie Cask Masters series before being led through a tutored tasting by Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden.
Dr Bill Lumsden
Dr Bill explained a bit more about the cask range and that each of the whiskies was approx 14-17 years old and had been matured initially in bourbon before being extra matured for around 7 years in their respective new casks.
My notes from the evening are below, the young gentleman in each of the pictures below is Mally Graveson (@mallygraveson) who really couldn't decide on which one he liked best and in the first picture is accompanied by Daniel Juett (@Rlemkit) who seemed to be one of the few that preferred Cask A:-
Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask A
Cask A is extra matured in a Grand Cru Burgundy wine cask, being that i'm not normally a fan of wine or wine finishes i was a bit sceptical before nosing this but there was none of the wine influence i was expecting just a wealth of lovely fruity plum like notes, almost like a port finish, as well as natural truffles and the sweetness from homemade rum truffles.
|Bottle Name||Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask A|
|Nose||light fresh fruity not as winey as I was expecting there's some lovely plum notes and something a touch more earthy in there also and a touch of both natural and homemade truffles|
|Taste||dark chocolate home made rum truffles there's a definite wine note in here like a summer fruit compote|
|Finish||dry and tannic|
Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask B
Another wine finish, this time in a Grand Cru Bordeaux cask, and another whisky that doesn't taste "winey" which is great for me, there was some really big marmalade notes in here and the tropical fruit on the palate was devine, definitely my type of whisky.
|Bottle Name||Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask B|
|Nose||big notes of fresh seville orange marmalade intermixed with light fresh lemon and tropical fruits especially pineapple and mango|
|Taste||juicy tropical fruits and ecuadorian dark chocolate with a touch of a menthol note that reminds me of Astar|
|Finish||sweet and minty menthol|
Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask C
The last of the 3 casks has been matured in Manzanilla Sherry casks and i really was expecting a lot more Christmas Cake like fruit notes but it's more nutty and got more punch than that. It's definitely a lovely dram but I was a bit disappointed in it not being quite as fruity as i'd hoped so was a little let down.
|Bottle Name||Glenmorangie Cask Masters Cask C|
|Nose||really light intially, takes a bit of effort to get anything out of, but when you do it's salty Parma ham with Chinese lemongrass dry roasted crushed mixed nuts and a touch of sea salt|
|Taste||crushed mixed nuts and sea salt with sweet heavy treacle and oak|
|Finish||oak and crushed mixed nuts|
I really enjoyed all three of the casks and i would happily have a bottle of all three sitting on my whisky shelf, but for me Cask B was most definitely the pick of the bunch and I would love to spend more time with that dram. Since returning last night i popped onto the Glenmorangie Cask Masters website and changed my vote from Cask C (which i'd voted for based on Dr Bill's video notes on the website) to Cask B.
Why don't you check out my notes, and there will be others on the net now too, and Dr Bill's video notes before you make your choice at Glenmorangie Cask Masters
The Best one In my opinion, myself and Mally.