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Glenmorangie 19 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Superb malt, in a style that's unique to this distillery.
Awarded Best Single Malt Scotch 19-24 Year Old Category at the International Whisky Competition 2019
A duty free edition that references the award winning Glenmorangie Ealanta (both being 19 year olds matured exclusively in slow-growth American oak barrels). Chosen in part by Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie’s Head of Maturing Stocks, the whisky showcases the soft, smooth character for which the distillery is renowned while preserving a surprising liveliness. “Often, a longer maturation will tone down a spirit’s more perfumed notes,” said McCarron, “But this retains a wonderful vibrancy and zest.”
No question, all-Bourbon aged expressions like this capture the essence of the distillery's style better than any other maturation. If you're a 'Morangie fan, you need to try this. In Jim Murray's words, it's "fresh, subtle and sophisticated" (full review below).
Tasting note: Flawless bright gold / dazzles in the glass. Draws you in with a sultry bouquet that’s floral soft, creamy and fruity-yet-fresh, developing with hints of straw, honey, citrus oils and toasted grains. Five minutes of swirling and air contact releases delightful scents of poached pear, pastry and vanilla. The superb aroma is matched by a wonderful delicacy in the mouth: A super-pure malty entry that dovetails into bitter dark chocolate and hints of orange curacao. Oily to finish then deceptively long. Multifaceted and very polished. Classic. 43% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews… Light fruit ensures an ethereal feel totally making a mockery of nearly two decades in the cask: fresh, subtle and sophisticated; the most brittle and vulnerable malt I have experienced from this distillery. Every note is gossamer thin, the grist can fracture at any moment; the delicate fruit shatter into millions of pieces if you chew too hard…bitters…? Fruit or malty…? I can’t decide …but then I don’t think for a moment that you’re supposed to be able to. 94 points- Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2018
...I’ve been sipping, analyzing and researching whisky for a decade and a half now. I’ve taken notes on over 2,500 whiskies and easily experienced another 600+ that I never took notes on. During this journey, I’ve had many moments where I favor different styles, but one thing has remained a favorite: ex-Bourbon Scotch. It sounds generic on the surface, but the more I taste the more I enjoy getting at the core profile of a distillery and that’s really found in ex-Bourbon casks. I love sherry, port, Madeira, etc. but the older I get, and the more I experience I have, the more I enjoy coming back to well-crafted ex-bourbon whiskies like this Glenmorangie 19 Years Finest Reserve. It’s just plain good. - thewhiskyjug.com
Double Gold - International Spirits Challenge 2020
Gold Award - The Spirits Business 2017