Glenmorangie was the very first distillery I ever toured. My wife and I were living in Scotland at the time and I had only recently been introduced to Scotch. It was incredible getting to meet some of “the sixteen men of Tain” and behold the tallest stills in Scotland. Since then, Glenmorangie 10 Year Original has been a staple single malt in our house. So how did it fare at a Society blind tasting?
Nearly everyone at the tasting agreed that Glenmorangie has a very “clean” nose. Notes of citrus, lemon, and sweet pear came through initially. After a while, notes of vanilla and honeysuckle made themselves known. There was no harsh burn which everyone appreciated.
This is where things got a little interesting for me. One of the first flavors I picked up on was white chocolate. The reason I found this interesting is that I had never noticed it before. This is one of the advantages of a blind tasting. You tend to pay a lot more attention to the subtleties. Other members picked up on notes of almond, tobacco and honey.
Glenmorangie has a medium citrussy finish. Very fresh, and gentle. It reminded me of a Tripple distilled whiskey (like an Irish whiskey). This is likely due to the tall stills used at the distillery which yield a very pure spirit.
The Charred Barrel Society gives Glenmorangie 10 Year Original a blind finger score of 2.2. This is a very respectable score. Considering a bottle can be purchased around $40, we consider Glenmorangie 10 to be a medium value. It’s a decent single malt that won’t hurt your wallet too much. In fact, if you typically drink bourbon, this would be a great introduction to the world of single malt scotch.
To Friends, Fellowship, and The Society. Sláinte!