Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, “The Original”, is a 10 year aged expression from Glenmorangie that some believe is their best offering. This may be debatable, but certainly for the money it is a fantastic example of a fine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Also its 10 year age statement shows that you don’t always have to start at 12 years to be a heavyweight hitter.
You can read more about this whisky on its maker’s site: glenmorangie.com.
AGE: 10 years
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Light Gold
NOSE: Citrus and almost ripe pears start things off, with honey and hint of bananas coming in. Mixed with that is a softer sweet muffin note, and even some fresh vanilla bean. Trailing it all is a very slight trace of grass. With time, floral notes present themselves.
PALATE: Smooth caramel and a touch of honey lead the way, followed close behind by a burst of tropical fruits and citrus. Then spices pop up, and some pepper. And pushing it from behind is a slight oak bitter.
FINISH: Medium finish that lingers nicely. Sweet honey and caramel notes and then malts fade away to a slight oak bitter. The tongue still has spice to remind you of the sip. I am getting it more so on the tip.
OVERVIEW: I like this Scotch. While I don’t favor bitters, they help balance the sweets and citrus notes in this fine Highland Single Malt Whisky. When it comes to Scotches, this is the direction I enjoy going to. It suits me, and I find the pours complex enough to keep my interest yet not overpowering me. It makes me smile. I would say that this is well worth its price, if not a bit more. By all means, grab a bottle and give it a pour.