First Impression: Glenmorangie Milsean

Before I get to my thoughts on this whisky, I want to share a story I heard the other night. It was alleged that a sherry finished expression has its ABV lowered from 46% to 43% because a certain population of people often drink a bottle each during dinner and half a bottle afterwards at karaoke and complain about getting hangovers the next day, or words to that effect.Under that context, one can’t help but wonder if an expression is sometimes specifically aimed at a certain market.

Anyhow, let’s get back to the whisky itself.

I was told that this was extra-matured for 2.5 years, that is saying something if one is familiar with the core range of Glenmorangie; three of them carrying 12 YO statements and are known to have been finished in various casks for about two years. I suppose one can make a fairly accurate educated guess at how old this whisky is.

The nose is rather modest, with mint and eucalyptus being more noticeable upfront. It was explained to me that mint is one of the signature notes of Glenmorangie and this certainly carries it. A wee copper coin note with the main theme of this whisky in my opinion, blackcurrant. The blackcurrant note brings about candy like sweetness and fruity acidity, along with chilli spices. A hint of brand new car tires, there is also a salt cured white oak note with an underlying maltiness imbedded within. It has this fizzy grape soda note after some time.

The palate is syrupy. Sweet, but quite different from the Signet, another Glenmorangie well known for its sweetness. The Signet’s sweetness has a satisfyingly thick body, and the Milsean’s sweetness falls on the other end of the spectrum. It has this blackcurrant character, the sweetness makes the whisky incredibly approachable and surely this has the making of a crowd pleaser, however the prolonged sweetness can be interpreted as somewhat being artificial, but I suppose sweet is sweet and you can’t argue with that.

There is a silky chocolate element that appears in the finish to go with the blackcurrant and eucalyptus notes, but it speaks relatively soft after the surprisingly numbing and youthful spices.

It is an utterly sweet whisky and that’s fine, because it was designed with that in mind, a Glenmorangie with a rather unique character.

P.S. What a viral bottle design. I was told the packaging was apparently designed before the casks have even been selected. Glenmorangie and LVMH deserve a few claps for actually matching the whisky with the label.

-Nicholas