Dram Review: Glenmorangie Dornoch

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Thin but likeable aromas of toasted oak, marshmallow, anise and pear sweets, in some ways highlighting the clean, soft distillate.  It feels young but has this rustic countryside charm with its faint floral notes and artificial vanilla essence.

Palate & Finish:

A pleasant mix of citrus and barley, light-bodied delivery bringing out rose petals and lavender essence, green apple pie and orange peels.  The mid-palate reveals the youthfulness of the whisky with some new make characters being quite noticeable though that’s mellowed out by some wee milk chocolate creaminess.

Some stewed granny smith apples in the finish, it grows slightly bitter.

Thoughts:

Quite a refreshing dram with the lightness of the distillate retained despite the Amontillado finishing, though this does feel a tad on the young side..

-Nicholas