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Glenmorangie The Tribute 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml)
It's no secret that Glenmoragnie's Head of Whisky Creation loves to be creative. Dr. Bill Lumsden began experimenting with adding peated barley to the mix about twenty years ago, but never anticipated sales for the category to explode in the way they have. Indeed, it’s only been in the past few years that Glenmorangie have realised the potential for smokey styles. To ensure this expression doesn’t overwhelm drinkers with its peaty character, fifty percent of the malt is traditional, non-peated Glenmorangie. Reportedly, there’s a little bit of smoke upfront but then it’s very fragrant, more floral like hay that’s dried out on a farm, cut grass and fresh flowers, even a little bit of milk chocolate. The style is a genuine throwback to the distillery's past, paying tribute to the historic use of a peat fired kiln (yes, many a Highlander used to be peated!) Aged in bourbon casks, like the other three in this value series, you get a large format bottled at a slightly higher ABV of 43%.
Other reviews... Lemon pith and lime marmalade on the nose begin a citrus theme that leads into the bright, green fruit driven palate with tangy salinity and elegant peat character. Beautifully refined. 94 points - International Wine & Spirits Competition
...Nose: A charcoal barbeque chock-a-block with tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple and kiwis all grilling away with a sprinkling of coconut flakes, lavender infused rock salt and then some shards of white chocolate. Palate: Waves of tobacco smoke, plasticine and burnt coffee granules join the succulent fruit notes from the nose. Finish: A delightfully waxy element to it and a hint of smoky florals towards the end. Comment: If a box of crayons were fruit flavoured and being stored in a smokehouse. - whiskymag.com
"...Earthy smoky notes and delicate oak tannins are balanced by acacia honey, ripe apple and vanilla, all enlivened by a touch of clove and black pepper spice." 5 stars - diffordsguide.com
"...The Tribute just nicks it for me, given that I haven’t forgotten my love for smoky whiskies. The balance is just right on this for me: a lovely combination of sweetness and smoke." - malt-review.com