Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Edition
Glenmorangie // Highlands, Scotland
Astar, meaning "journey" in Scots Gaelic, was originally released in 2008, but was discontinued in 2012. It has been relaunched as a limited edition release in select markets beginning in August of 2017. The journey refers to the sourcing of oak from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. The oak staves were left to season in the open air for two years before being made into barrels which were then toasted and lightly charred. They were then filled with bourbon. After four years, the bourbon was removed and the barrels sent to Glenmorangie where they filled their single malt whisky to age (no age statement). The 2017 version is non chill-filtered and is bottled at 52.5% ABV.
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.
Cask Typefirst-fill bourbon barrels
"The nose is quite aromatic with peaches, citrus peels, and pears with further aromas of toasted coconut. Tasting you get honey and gentle wood spices along with the aforementioned fruit. Adding just a few drops of water expands the body, which without is a bit thin. A fine dram which will be a good start to the evening."