Well, I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of Glenmorangie. A few years back, I had the Glenmorangie Original in a bar, and didn’t care for it. Of course, that was casually in a bar, and I suspect that it wasn’t my first drink of the evening. The point being that it was hardly the ideal conditions for tasting a whisky. So, when my roommate offered a sampler pack of 200 ml bottles of Glenmorangie whiskies to me as a graduation present, I was ecstatic to give Glenmorangie another look.
Glenmorangie is a Highland Scotch distillery perched on the northern part of the East coast of Scotland on the Moray Firth. Glenmorangie has always been known as an innovated whisky company, a tradition which continues with their staple lineup of 12 year-old finished whiskies. Nevertheless, the signature whisky of the Glenmorangie line remains the 10 year-old Original, aged in American oak and bottled at 86 proof (43% abv).
On the nose, the Original is heavy with barley notes, sweet heather, honeyed sweetness, a note of sweet potpourri, and a wee bit of smoke. The palate is well-balanced, with a great combination of pears, honey, and the strong backbone of barley. The finish is medium length, and rather oily as it works its way down the throat. There is a hint of smoke that weaves in and out of a flavor profile of sweet pears, apples, and a bit of floral airiness.
Overall, this is a fine single malt and one quite worthy of trying. It is a great way to get interested in single malt Scotch, especially because of the great price and the soft, accessible character of the whisky. My grade: B-/B. Price: $40-45/750ml. This is a whisky emblematic of the mission of Bargain Bourbon, in that it provides a wonderful whisky experience at a great price.