Glenmorangie // Highlands, Scotland
Glenmorangie comes from the Scots Gaelic "Gleann mor na sithe" which means "valley of tranquility" and "companta," the Scots Gaelic word for "friendship." The whisky is matured in two types of French casks: Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and casks used to produce the sweet fortified wines of Cotes du Rhone. The whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 92 proof.
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 TypeGrand Cru & ex-fortified wine
"Proper meaty and rich stuff, and quite dry actually. The wine maturation shines through, giving it a hint of gunpowder, but also coffee beans, orange zest and subtle floral notes. The palate is thick and oily, and as dry as the nose already suggests. There's room for dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutty flavors. Highly enjoyable, fairly complex and decently balanced."