Dram Review: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990

[43%・ Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release]


The nose is courteously restrained, mildly floral and showing its greenness.  Some faint suggestions of Oloroso amidst the more obvious caramelisation of the Bourbon barrels.  Green mango, Lotus Biscoff, golden honey and caramelised banana with a sprinkle of white pepper and cut basil.

Palate & Finish:

An uplifting delivery of soft white grapes on a buttery undertone.  The light top notes of the Glenmorangie spirit is on display as well as the fine minerals.  Tony declared that the dram reminded him of Tequila and there are indeed hints of smoked agave which help roping out the wee earthy notes.

Light finish, traces of brown sugar, burnt butter and white chocolate.


Distilleries tend to play it safe with the first release of a new series, but the Grand Vintage Malt 1990 here is definitely atypical and I was pleasant surprised.  Certainly a charismatic dram with a display of these fine nuances that typically dip beneath the various cask finishes.  The whole experience is lifted by the bareness of spirit.

Thank you Mr. Foster, the LVMH team and EVH PR for the invite, and cheers to Meat & Wine Co Barangaroo for hosting us.