Glenmorangie // Highlands, Scotland
"Astar" is Gaelic for "journey" and in the Astar's case; it is referring to the long journey the barrels made from the Ozark Mountains where the wood was sourced to Scotland where the whisky is aged. These barrels were heavily toasted, lightly charred ex-bourbon barrels. There is no age statement, but the whisky is in the 9-10 year range.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The wood really comes through on the nose followed by pears and citrus peel. The dram is fairly smooth on your palate, but the proof intensifies the cinnamon and coffee aspect. With water, you get more of a honey sweetness and brighter fruit."