The Unnecessarily Well Made GLENMORANGIE Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting

GLENMORANGIE Single Malt Scotch Whisky The Unnecessarily Well Made Tasting

Early this month I was inviting for a whisky appreciation and tasting at the headquarters of Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia. It is not an easy feat to achieve when comes to the exquisite unravelling of layers upon layers of flavour that is experienced when enjoying Glenmorangie whisky. As a purveyor of perfection and maker of arguably the most delicious and complex single malt whisky in the world, Glenmorangie goes to great lengths to achieve such mastery. Advocating this mindset of perfection is Arnaud Mirey, Regional Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie who conducted a single malt whisky tasting session on that aftrernoon. I got to say it was a truly naked experience for me. I was thrilled. It was classic.

Glenmorangie Arnaud Mirey
Mr Arnaud Mirey, Regional Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie

That afternoon Arnaud Mirey who is a French professional in wines and spirits graduated with honors from the Wine and spirit Educational Trust of London showed us the rope on how the tasting should be. It was truly an experience. Arnaud himself studied for 5 years French culinary art and worked as “Sommelier” and manager of star Michelin restaurants, private clubs and luxury wine cellars in Paris, London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. A great man himself. itt was a pleasure to be in his classroom.

Arnaud Mirey explained that at its Tain distillery in the Scottish Highlands, Glenmorangie employs the tallest whisky stills in Scotland, ensuring only the purest vapours are used in the spirit. The superiority of the ingredients: local spring water from its own Tarlogie spring and locally grown Scottish barley, combined with the skill of the craftsmen who follow the same time honoured approach that the company has used throughout its long history, results in a smooth spirit of distinction. And, due to its unswerving commitment to quality, Glenmorangie only ever uses its fine oak casks twice, ensuring that the whisky captures the fullest, roundest flavours from the wood. It is these extra lengths that Glenmorangie goes to which makes its whisky ‘Unnecessarily Well Made.’

While the whisky making process is painstaking, and often involves going to seemingly unnecessary lengths, every sip of Glenmorangie whisky offers a heady and alluring experience which is easy to appreciate.

The Tasting

Seven unique varieties of Glenmorangie single malt whisky were featured, three of which are from the brand’s famed Extra Matured Range. Each variety carries a distinctive character, achieved with years of maturation in different cask types. Even as these varieties boast different complexities and flavours, all Glenmorangie whiskies go through the same distilling process and highest quality guidelines, which over the decades have solidified the brand’s legacy of being ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’.

Glenmorangie Original
Glenmorangie The Original

Glenmorangie The Original – The original expression of elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.

It is here, maturing for ten long years in a range of ex-bourbon casks such as their famous slow-grown and air-dried ‘designer casks’ from Missouri, that their raw spirit develops a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. Resulting in a mature spirit that is soft, mellow and creamy. Perfect for enjoying at any time. ABV: 40%

Aroma – The scent of citrus and ripening peaches is softened by the aroma of vanilla.
Taste – First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.
Finish – About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.
Colour – Pale lemony gold

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Glenmorangie Lasanta
Glenmorangie The Lasanta

Glenmorangie The Lasanta – Elegant but full bodied this whisky has spent ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.

Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reminder not just of the Spanish provenance of these Oloroso sherry butts, but also a reflection of this expressions lusciously soft texture and deep, enticingly sweet aroma. ABV: 46%

Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma – Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee.
Taste – Deliciously sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butterscotch combine to create complex warm spices.
Finish – Long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts.
Colour – Light russet

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Glenmorangie Ruban
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban – The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.

Extra maturation in these port pipes develops Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban into a voluptuous spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours and an intriguing contrast of smooth and crisp, cooling textures. ABV: 46%

Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma – Dark mint chocolate, tangerines and Seville oranges mingle with sandalwood and walnut before giving way to a spicy finish of pepper and nutmeg.
Taste – Mint chocolate and walnuts envelop the palate like velvet, laying the foundations for rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges.
Finish – Long lasting silky aftertaste leaving dark chocolate mints and traces of orange.
Colour -Sunlit rose gold

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Glenmorangie Nectar
Glenmorangie The Nectar D’Or

Glenmorangie The Nectar D’Or – “Great to see French casks that actually complement a whisky – so rare! An exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing”

It is here, in hand selected wine barriques from Sauternes: the most famous and ancient sweet wine growing region of France, that this whisky develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavours. ABV: 46%

Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma – Lime and orange rind, sultanas and dates give a rich fruity flavour laced with tantalising spices of coconut and nutmeg.
Taste – Ginger, nutmeg and toasted almonds bring a deep, warming taste interwoven with a syrupy lemon meringue and honeycomb middle.
Finish – Long and lusciously sweet finish with lemon zest, white chocolate, vanilla and traces of ginger and nutmeg.
Colour – Honeyed gold

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Glenmorangi Astar
Glenmorangie Astar

Glenmorangie Astar – Five thousand miles away on a secluded Missouri hillside, oak perfect for the maturation of this whisky reaches straight for the heavens. Here, in the relative shade of these north-facing slopes, we hand-select oak that has grown slowly enough to create a spongier and more porous wood. Perfect for welcoming the spirit and imparting the maximum amount of flavour.

The ‘Astar’, meaning journey in Gaelic, has certainly come a long way. But with its bright gold colour and smooth but spicy finish, we feel the journey has been more than worth it. ABV: 57.1%

Non chill-filtered
Aroma – Rich in toffee and crème-brulee, drizzled with fresh menthol, warm cinnamon and deep aniseed spices. Mint humbugs and a sweet honey-lemon complexity follows.
Taste – Crème-brulee with a burst of mouth-watering pineapple, poached pears and apricots, smothered with vanilla custard.
Finish – The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.
Colour – Bright gold

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Glenmorangie 18
Glenmorangie 18years Old

Glenmorangie 18years Old – It is a single malt Scotch whisky of serious distinction. Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, we blend them back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavour.

For a whisky of this age this expression has maintained, thanks to our delicate floral spirit and fine Oloroso casks, an incredible degree of vibrancy where the raisiny sweetness of the sherry has been toned down by the nuttiness of the American oak. ABV: 43%

Aroma – Rich, rounded and sweet with dried fruits and a complex floral fragrance.
Taste – The taste is balanced between honey, malt and flowery scents. Dates and figs emerge in the background with a hint of wood smoke.
Finish – The finish is long and enticing with the sweetness of dried fruit and subtle dryness of Oloroso nuttiness.
Colour – Honeyed gold

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Glenmorangie Signet

Glenmorangie Signet – A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime’s experience. A blend of our oldest whisky – distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site – and spirit matured in a selection of the world’s finest casks, this undoubtedly is the richest whisky in our range.

Of course, whilst the exact secrets of its production are known only to our whisky creators, we can tell you that Signet’s melting sweetness and explosive spiciness is, at least in part, caused by our unique roasted ‘chocolate’ barley malt and the ‘designer casks’ made bespoke for Glenmorangie from American white oak. ABV: 46%

Non chill-filtered

Aroma – A strong Aruba espresso fused with a treacly plum pudding, rich with sherry, and candied orange peel.
Taste – A contrast of rich sweetness with an explosive crackle of sizzling spices and bitter mocha.
Finish – A fresh spring-like breeze of mint with a bright citrus lemony-green quality.
Colour -Deep amber

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Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia
8th Floor, Menara Boustead,
69, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2053 8688

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