The 'original' sets a high standard for Highland whisky, and has gone from strength to strength since its slightly controversial packaging redesign a few years ago. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes. Shortlist for TWE's Whisky of the Year 2013
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CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerDistillery BottlingAge10 Year Old
Aroma: Imagine yourself in an Italian garden surrounded with mandarin, lemon, apple, pear and peach trees, their fruit ripening in the sun. Add to this the scent of vanilla ice cream, then enjoy the herbal aromas of geranium and wild mint growing nearby
Add water to The Original and you wander into a flower garden with lemony bergamot, apricot and mandarin. Floral notes of geranium, sweet honeysuckle and piquant narcissus mix with mint and the herbal essence of eucalyptus, nutmeg and ginger
Taste: Savour the fruits of the Italian garden as creamy vanilla slips like liquid silk over the tongue as peaches and cream, mandarins and lemons effervesce in the mouth
Aromatic essences of fennel and nutmeg tantalise with crumbly almond and coconut that gives way to a nectar that envelops all the fruit, spice and nut flavours in a honeyed caress
Finish: The charming sweetness of delicious juices is left on the tongue
Customer Reviews:(47 reviews)
Its sweetness came as a surprise. It was a nice surprise at first but I liked it less by the next drink.
- anonymous, 3rd January
Gamechanger. This is a whisky for people who think they don't like whisky
- Andrew.B, 6th Dec '13
Fantastic toffee and vanilla flavours with some discreet floral notes. A morish and accessible whisky that should be tried by all.
- anonymous, 16th Oct '13
Very nice, the perfect way to conclude a hot summers day.
- anonymous, 17th Jul '13
Smooth on the palate, vanilla on the nose, light and easy whisky. Good pre dinner dram. In terms of Highland whisky's I personally prefer Old Pulteney 12.
- Matt, Norfolk, 15th May '13
This whiskey is very palatable and it is the only one i can drink easily.
- anonymous, 7th May '13
If its the first thing you go to, then you will be impressed by its complexity and smell. If you're more familiar with whisky, or are tasting a few, this one comes out near the bottom for me. There's a lot of whiskys with far more interesting flavours and smells going on - for me this one is weak in comparison.
- Mark, 17th Jan '13
Lovely & smooth,,,very "moreish".
- Rick., 24th Oct '12
Too much citrus, not for me.
- anonymous, 29th Jul '12
I recommend this for beginner whisky drinkers.
The flavour is perfectly balanced. It is sweet and complex without being overpowering. The fragrance is wonderful.
I would definately recommend people that a searching for a balanced whisky to try this first before something like Jura Origins.
- The Guy, 27th May '12
Lovely stuff. I agree with the comment below. Hints of orange. Almonds too. Yummy. And so warm!
- MK, 11th Feb '12
Very delicious. Orangey (get it, "GlenmORANGIE?"), lemony, and delightful. I can see why it's so popular.
- Sir Huddleston Fuddleston, 10th Jan '12
A tad 'young' and depthless (is that a word? lol) for a serious drinker, but nevertheless pretty good for light sipping ..
- anonymous, 1st Sep '11
This is a decent, light and safe. It won't blow you away but won't break the bank if you want to give it a try.
- James D., 22nd Jun '11
A fantastic dram. Sit back, and relax with a fresh and very easy to drink single malt.
- Ian. Bolton, 16th Jun '11
Taste buds almost destroyed by Johnny Walker Red. Coaxed into a lasting relationship with Dimple. Then I heard the grown-ups talking about single malts. Bought Laphroaig. Tastes like Creosote (used to retard rotting of fence-posts). Then came a litre of Glenmorangie Original. The education of my palette has begun; I may need multiple tastings of the Glenmorangie before moving on. Don't like the packaging? Get a life.
- Nelson Lord, 22nd May '11
Rose Flower, Vanilla, Almond, hints of bonfire night. Elegant, Sublime. Only two rivals, The Glenlivet, and Jamesons Tripple Distilled. Well worth £27, ide pay considerably more for this gorgeous dram. Its young and supple.
- anonymous, 22nd Apr '11
A good ol' dram. Up there with Glen Livet as one of the best I've tried.
- Daniel, 19th Feb '11
Really enjoyed this malt. A lot like a Lowlander to me: sweet and floral. Candy corn, apricot, buttery mashed potatoes. Must be what a bee feels like when gathering nectar. There's something familiar about this whisky. Like deja vu. Whatever it is, I like it.
- Ricky P., 9th Feb '11
A truly wonderful scotch. Full of vanilla and toffee. Wonderfully sweet and a little bit spicey. Superb.