Whisky Review: Glenmorangie 18 Extremely Rare 18 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Floral

Nose:

Mellow honeyed and poached pears entering the fray. Whispering malt lacing through with a hint of cereal dryness. Light chilli, pinch of nutmeg spice. Dry figs and dates with an alluring sweet floral fragrance around it.

Palate:

A swift, lovely mix of honey figs, cereal, malt and wood smoke together on the palate. Going floral with apricots and vanilla touches, cinnamon and nutmeg spice glowing gently. Dried pineapples undertone gives another malty push. Sherry influence is more apparent towards the end.

Finish:

Faint hints of syrupy dried fruits. Chocolate and oak. Nutty with ends nice, subtle raisins.

Thoughts:

A dram with great finesse and I really appreciate that. Whiskies with a lower strength can really shine with good layering and complexity and this is an excellent example. It grows on you. Sweet, light, floral and rather complex malt. I feel this is the most Glenmorangie Glenmorangie so far, not sure if that’s the intention but it really helps without all the influences from cask finishes.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[43% • 2011 • Original Bottling • General Release]

-Esmond