3 Glenmorangie Drams - Same But Different
Over the time I've been running this blog i've managed to build up a backlog of samples and bottles that i have either reviewed and not posted on here or that still need to be reviewed and as a promise to myself to get through them in 2014 i've decided to do more combined posts which show a connection, so there may be ones from the same distillery, or the same finish, or the same country (for unusual ones) and so today here is a post about three very different drams from Glenmorangie.
A Private Edition Official bottling, a single cask bottling from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and a very unusual bottling from The Whisky Barrel which all add up to very interesting drams.
Could i pick a favourite of the three? not really, they all have qualities i like, the Finealta has that vanilla meringue and citrus note that i love with smoke that just makes your brain think it's been rewired, the SMWS 125.70 is so different nose to palate that you keep going back for more and the West Port has that flavour from Astar that i really enjoy so i really can't pick between them, what i can say though is that i would sit and drink them all, all night long.
I've had a good few of the Glenmorangie Private Edition drams now but this was my first time tasting Finealta which had been provided to me by my good friend Yoav (@yoavgel) from the Whisky Gospel Blog.
A really interesting and unusal dram as this has been lightly peated which really does through you off guard when you expect this distillery character to be much more vanilla and citrus and no smoke.
It works though, and i think it works really well, i just wish i could get one now without the hassles of dealing with auctions which seem to be the only place to get them now.
A very gentle whiff of smoke that borders on being more malty than peaty then there's some lovely notes of vanilla essence with lemon and lime growing in the background like a lovely gentle key lime pie.
really quite malty with whisps of smoke to the fore and lots of spicy key lime pie freshness, lovely vanilla essence & meringue also
vanilla meringue and gentle whispy smoke.
SMWS 125.70 A Dram of Two Halves
Yes, another The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling this time 125.70 A Dram of Two Halves a dram that was passed to me by Chris Miles (@chrismiles303) from Still Dramming.
From one of my alltime favourite distilleries this has notes that really are familiar to me and ones that just come alive in the glass that i really wasn't expecting, once again the beauty of the single cask.
I've said it before and I will again, if you like whisky, you shoul dbe a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
oh wow theres a really interesting nose here, there's a seaside brine that reminds me of the brine from a tin of Tuna, along with freshly crushed madagascan vanilla pods and an essence of good quality dessert wine creeping about in the background a hint of profiteroles completes the lovely nose here.
Lots of wood oak and spice are the first elements that grab you by the throat and shake you about before the cream file profiteroles come back in and a dash of sauternes wine, oh my this is wild and wonderful
chocolate croissants dipped in late harvest sauternes with a touch of candied almonds
Westport 15yr Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)
Part of a wee series of Burns Malt single cask bottlings from The Whisky Barrel this is the Westport 15yr Burns Malt.
Westport is the name given to whisky distilled at Glenmorangie which has been "teaspooned" with Glen Moray, usually this happens when distillers sell off casks for blending so that they cannot be sold as single casks from the oiginating distillery.
Thanks Again to the guys at The Whisky Barrel for the official sample.
Initial notes of homemade brown bread there's hints of citrus fruit (particluarly orange and lime) sweetness With Candied fruit and hints of floral perfume and lemon curd.This is distinctively Glenmorangie and reminiscent of the astar for me.
Malted loaf with brown bread Demerara sugar sweetness with floral gums
Very sweet and Demerara sugary