Monday, 2 November 2009

Glenmorangie Maderia wood Finish Scotch Whisky

Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

8 Swan necked stills (tallest in Scotland)
Matured principally in American oak bourbon barrels The Distillery was the first to introduce finishes other than sherry

This unique range of malt whiskies was initially matured in American oak casks for at least 10 years and then transferred into casks which had previously contained Madeira for a further period of maturation.

This range of Glenmorangie wood finishes has now been discontinued

Colour:- Bright amber, with a slight orange tinge.

Nose:- This is a complex aroma – fresh, but slightly linty; sweet, but with a burnt tangy trace – literally “madeirised”; a trace of wood shavings.

With a drop of water, fresh black pepper emerges and a strong trace of humbugs (more than just “toffee” and “mint”, but having those characteristics). Some citrus orange in particular, perhaps peaches and again the intriguing burnt characteristic, with some indefinable winey undertones. After a while in an open glass, deeper fruit and spice notes emerge, like Christmas cake.

Taste:- The flavour is “cool” to the palate, but spicy on the tongue; fresh and citrus; sweet as it passes, but with a firm dry finish. The winey flavours are slight and unidentifiable; not as sweet as sherry and with a tangy characteristic. Unless told, we doubt whether anyone would identify Madeira, but once told, the puzzle is solved.

Finish:- Sweet as it passes, but with a firm, dry finish.

More Details about the Glenmorangie Scotch whisky distillery and current bottlings can be found here

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