Glenmorangie extremely rare 18 review

Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Extremely Rare

From the label:

“The 18 Years Old is a single malt Scotch whisky of serious distinction. Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, we blend them back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavour.For a whisky of this age this expression has maintained, thanks to our delicate floral spirit and fine Oloroso casks, an incredible degree of vibrancy where the raisiny sweetness of the sherry has been toned down by the nuttiness of the American oak.”

 

A Superb Evolution

Reviewed by John Fegan on 23/03/2015 Rating: 4.1

It will come as no surprise that this has taken the title of “Best Highland Single Malt whisky” in the 2015 World Whiskies Awards (among others). A blend of 70% ex-bourbon matured malt, and 30% oloroso sherry-finished, the 18 year old is a superb evolution of the brands flagship 10 and, sadly discontinued, 15 year expression. Despite a further eight years of aging the relative gentleness and lack of concentration goes someway to explaining the price, very enjoyable but a little too mild for its age.

Aroma: Creamy, sweet caramerlised sugar and grapefruit

Palette: Incredibly smooth, creamy citrus and honey

Finish: Pleasantly oaky with a lingering hint of walnut

18 Year Old 'Extremely Rare'

Produced by Glenmorangie
Average Price £79.45

The 18 is a wonderfully thick and creamy dram with gentle honey notes and a sherry-esque nutty finish. After maturing for 15 years in American bourbon casks 30% is transferred into Oloroso sherry casks for a further 3 years and blended and bottled as an exquisite, tropical-fruit driven Glenmorangie expression.

Glenmorangie 18 Years Old Whisky

Glenmorangie 18-year-old is the big brother of original in terms of style and they both shared a lot of the same characteristics. The 18-year-old uses the same Scottish malted barley most of the Spirit is matured in American white oak casks, a small proportion is matured in casks which have previously contained this liquid Oloroso style sherry. The thing that always delights me about Glenmorangie 18-year-old is that compared to other older whiskys this maintains an incredible vibrancy and finesse in terms of its character, it really is a delight to drink and this is very apparent when you come to taste the whisky as this unbelievable perfumed floral bouquet, makes me think of honeysuckle, of narcissus, of night scented jasmine.

You get a hint of the nice tangy caramelised citrus fruit and when you taste it, a beautiful soft oily texture in the mouth, it gives we tell veritable symphony of different flavors, honeycomb tangy citrus, lots of nutty notes  like almond or maybe a bit of hazelnut or walnut and some lovely spices and mentholic notes in the aftertaste. So Glenmorangie 18-year-old is for I would call a sipping whisky one to take your time and sip and savour.

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