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Glenmorangie Original is aged for 10 years in only ex-bourbon casks, both first- and second-fill. And includes some of the “Designer” oak that was sourced by Glenmorangie wood management in the Ozark mountains of Missouri explicitly for the purpose of turning into barrels. Sloshing some bourbon in, and then getting to the real business of aging Glenmorangie.
Although this is not stated outright, it’s likely that this is the same whisky. Aged further, that ends up in Glenmorangie’s cask-finished expressions. We thus get to experience it here, naked, minus cask embellishment.
Nose: Soft, clean and refreshing: lemon sherbert and apricots, with honeyed fruit and a touch of toffee and vanilla. Gentle and satisfying.
Palate: A little weightier on the palate, with honey and malt, banana bread and subtle sweet spices. Clean and well balanced.
Finish: The honeyed fruit fades softly, and the finish is whistle-clean.
Comment: A textbook whisky, this – well made, beautifully balanced, delicate but still flavoursome.
Awards for Glenmorangie Original
- Gold Single Malt Scotch – to 12 Yrs – 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Master – Highlands & Islands up to 12yo – 2013 – The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2017 – IWSC
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2014 – IWSC
- Silver – Distillers’ Single Malts 12 years and under – 2014 – International Spirits Challenge
- Silver Outstanding – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2013 – IWSC
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Glenmorangie Original
Quote 1 “I’ve been drinking Scotch for twelve years now, and single malts for about half that time. Several brands are cheaper, but I don’t even consider them anymore. This finds its way into my cart every time it’s on the shelf at the local spirits shop.
Fine nose, rich fruity taste. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant buzz with no lingering after effects. This always punches above its weight against more expensive whiskeys!
There must be some magic in those tall stills, because this stuff is better than the numbers say it should be. I love it!”
Quote 2 “The first Single Malt I ever had was this. Have had many, many more and always make sure to have this as number 1 in my collection.”
Quote 3 “A nice ‘dram after work’ everyday whisky. No harshness, no peat or smoke. Easy to drink and a great starter to recommend to a novice drinker. Quite complex with each sip. Malt and apple on the nose with citrus and some firey zing that gives way to fruity tastes until the cream and toffee finishes the plethora of flavours. No harshness but a lot to enjoy which could easily go down a bit too quick if you don’t restrain your sips.
Certainly not an Islay so if your one for a smokey kick like Bowmore or Lagavulin then this isn’t for you. More of a Glenlivet founders reserve but with more complex quality. Worth a purchase especially at the price for what it is……nice whisky!”