As promised in earlier whisky reviews here are my thoughts on the award-winning Glenmorangie 10-year-old original. Before I let you in on my thoughts however Glenmorangie themselves describe this whisky as;
” The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks. ”
Being the backbone of the range it also means that it incredibly easy to find in most stores and has a reasonable price point which allows it to be an everyday whisky without breaking the bank.
Glenmorangie Original Tasting Note
Aroma: Imagine yourself in an Italian garden surrounded with mandarin, lemon, apple, pear and peach trees, their fruit ripening in the sun. Add to this the scent of vanilla ice cream, then enjoy the herbal aromas of geranium and wild mint growing nearby
Add water to The Original and you wander into a flower garden with lemony bergamot, apricot and mandarin. Floral notes of geranium, sweet honeysuckle and piquant narcissus mix with mint and the herbal essence of eucalyptus, nutmeg and ginger
Taste: Savour the fruits of the Italian garden as creamy vanilla slips like liquid silk over the tongue as peaches and cream, mandarins and lemons effervesce in the mouth
Aromatic essences of fennel and nutmeg tantalise with crumbly almond and coconut that gives way to a nectar that envelops all the fruit, spice and nut flavours in a honeyed caress
Finish: The charming sweetness of delicious juices is left on the tongue
My own thoughts are that this is a very light and refreshing whisky ideally suited to being served over ice and enjoyed during a warm summer’s evening. I would suggest this whisky without hesitation to anyone trying whisky for the first time as it is smooth and gentle on the palate and will not scare them away unlike more grown up whiskies such as Talisker or Laphroaig.
A Hint of Garlic Rating 16 / 20