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Glenmorangie 10 Review

Distiller: Glenmorangie. Region: Highlands. ABV: 43%. Age: 10 years old. Price: $30-40.

Earlier this year, J.T. Rickhouse has the great good fortune of getting to attend a once-in-a-lifetime tasting of the $50,000 Glenmorangie 1970s Collection on behalf of the Axis.

During the event, J.T. got to put some questions to the great Dr. Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation at Glenmorangie. One of them was what was Dr. Bill’s personal favorite from the Highland distillery’s lineup. Interestingly, it wasn’t one of the ultra-rare 1970s bottles, nor the stunning 18-year-old or Signet. It was the good old, everyday 10-year-old Original.

There are plenty of Glenmorangies I like, but there’s no denying that the 10-year-old is one of the great values in single malt whisky.

The nose has apple, vanilla, and golden raisins, with a hint of cedar and grape must. The palate has golden malt, honeysuckle, baked pear. Lemon pound cake with vanilla frosting and a dusting of cocoa powder. The finish is shortish but satisfying, with raw honey and that pleasant sourish sweetness left at the bottom of a good glass of Chardonnay.

It’s an excellent introduction to single malt scotch–one I’d unquestioningly recommend over the equivalent entry-level Glenfiddich or Glenlivet–a rock-solid daily dram, and one of those old standbys you can come back to with a new appreciation after a long odyssey through sherry bombs and peat monsters.

Well done, Dr. Bill! – BO

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A company representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Glenmorangie 18 Review

Distiller: Glenmorangie. Age: 18 years. ABV: 43%. Region: Speyside. Price: $110-150.

I’m a big fan of Glenmorangie’s Private Edition series and enjoy the new Milsean as an after-dinner drink, but I always come back to my favorite, the “extremely rare” 18 year old.

There’s honey, grapefruit and berries on the nose. More citrus and honey combine with light oak and vanilla within a creamy texture on the palate. Its creamy finish is gloriously sustained.

Truly an example of excellence. Cheers! – JTR

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Glenmorangie Milsean Review

Distiller: Glenmorangie. ABV: 46%. Region: Highlands. Age: 12.5 years (though officially no age statement). Price: $100.

Our first taste of Glenmorangie’s 7th Private Edition bottling, Milsean, made us feel like kids in a candy store. We had the pleasure of being walked through a tasting of this new release–which means “sweet things” in Gaelic–by Glenmorangie Master Distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden at a launch event in Chicago.

Dr. Bill said his own sweet tooth came from the privations of his Presbyterian upbringing: if he asked for a treat as a boy, he’d get a slice of buttered bread. With the Milsean, he’s making up for it.

The new bottling was meant to be on the sweeter side. They started with the standard Glenmorangie 10, then finished it for two and a half years in heavily re-toasted red wine barriques from the Douro region of Portugal. Initially, Dr. Bill said, they wanted to finish it for 5 years, but the re-toasting so heavy (leading to major caramelization of the wood sugars on the inside of the barrel), that they were concerned about the result being too sweet.

We think they hit it just right. The nose has caramel, pepper, and candied oranges, with hints of sugar cane and candied lemon. The taste is also on the sweeter side, with slight peppery chile and chocolate fudge. The finish is unusually long and spicy with hints of brown sugar and the European Oak.

It’s meant to be a one-time annual release, with 5,000 cases on the market. Cheers, friends! -JTR & TM

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Glenmorangie 1970s Collection Review

What’s it like to taste $50,000 worth of whisky?

It’s a hard question to answer – even once you’ve done it. But one thing’s for sure: the experience around it says a lot about the wild moment in the ultra-premium whisk(e)y market we’re living through.

The Axis was lucky enough to receive an invitation both to the press/industry preview of Glenmorangie’s #Unseen Luxury Pop-Up in New York City this September, and, amazingly, to a VIP Tasting of Glemo’s mind-blowing 1970s Collection – only 10 in the world, only 3 of them in the U.S., retailing for $50,000 apiece. (N.B.: The event was covered for the Axis by our dear friend J.T. Rickhouse – lucky guy. The tasting notes below are his. – BO)

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We approached the pop-up and tasting with lots of questions. What is a brand like Glenmorangie trying to accomplish with such a wildly expensive offering? Scotch exports fell by 7% globally and by 9% to the U.S. in 2014. There’s more competition than ever from the U.S. super-premium bourbon revival, from malt whiskies from Japan, India, South Africa, Scandanavia even. How do major brands find a balance between exclusivity and aspirational dreams (e.g., a 5-bottle set costing $50,000) and securing a broad enough market for sustained growth?

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