Nose: Ginger, citrus, tweed, paprika, black pepper, becomes very deep with smoky vanilla. Maybe it's the power of suggestion, but the oak is very noticeable - polished wood, like an expensive bookcase. More masculine and intense than the old Artisan, but you'd expect that from the higher abv. Water opens up more sweet notes, natural caramel or butter toffee.
Palate: Carries on from the nose. Big, assertive and very bourbony. Exceptionally spicy & peppery but with compensating sweet creamy vanilla. Big mouth-filling weight - quite macho. With water, much more approachable though still very spicy
Finish: Immense. Very long and warming, with tingling spices that last an eon. My mouth was still burning (in a good way) several minutes after the swallow.
Comment: If you're a committed sherryhead or you don't like oaky stuff or spicy food - avoid. Everyone else will love it. Very much of the same breed as the original Artisan cask, but less gentle - much more powerful and concentrated. An epic dram that needs a drop or two of water to really shine.
Customer Reviews: (15 reviews)
They say sherry-bomb or sherry-monster about heavily sherried whiskies, well this is a bourbon-monster.
Huge vanilla and honey notes, floral, dried apricot, pears, woody notes in the background, high quality vanilla ice cream.
The palate follows the nose, long woody spicy finish.
A complex and top notch dram. A classic
- Barto, 24th Jun '12
I'm less impressed, unfortunately, as I expected more from it. Still it's a fine dram but I would not rate it above average. Especially since I discovered the brilliant Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban.
- brixomatic, 8th Jun '12
this is perfection 2 to 1 mix superb
- iain mackenzie, 10th Mar '12
Glenmorangie 10 yr. on steroids. The sweetness has deepened a bit and is joined by a welcome spiciness. From candy corn to chocolate, from marshmallows to gummy worms, over time I have found the whole candy shop in this dram. It tastes like it came out of a Disney movie. Add water if you like; at cask strength, it's almost impossible to kill the flavour. This whisky knows exactly who it is.
- Ricky P.- Wisconsin, United States, 15th Jun '11
I waited a long time to get this bottle as it has been hard to find in Australia, but it was well worth the wait. Lovely flavours, rich and defined and a crisp taste. One where the lack of an age statement shouldn't deter you from investing in it. Very much enjoyed :)
- Sh0ck-Wave, 12th Aug '10
Maybe "rough around the edges" would be appropriate when rating the balance and finish. Nevertheless, this is 1 of my favorites. There's a large population that goes for the slightly off balance sweeter (vanilla, caramel, bourbon, orangey) taste; that's why they sell them. For such people, an awesome dram! Nose alone is a fantastic experience. Taste: hot peppery start with an explosion of the caramel, toasted wood
- AG, 14th Jul '10
I too find this to be a wonderful pour. I have also never had anyone say something negative after a sip.
- Jeremy from the US of A, 2nd Jun '10
to date my favourite by far, complex nose, the same again water brings out stunning flavours .vanilla.caramel.citrus and along finnish to die for. cant wait for my next dram
- dennis, 6th Jan '10
as good as it gets and worth the wait
- kirt from the usa, 15th Dec '09
It just explodes in your mouth. A fiery combination of ginger, orange and spice, it is my favourite drink. I enjoy the extra fire down my throat, so I add just a small drop of water to unlock the taste.
- anonymous, 6th Aug '09
This is a unique spirit. Very unusual in character and bouquet. Roll it in your mouth and just spreads like a flame. I cant imagine that a Whisky can stay so long. The taste doesn't change down three drinks!Pretty straight forward and undoubtedly masculine! The best Glenmorangie after the 1974!
- Nagi, 25th Jun '09
The scotch is delicious. Its a strong smelling scotch out of the bottle; bit of alcohol. If you let it sit for a bit, it becomes very smooth. Continues a good long line of Glenmorangie releases. Great finish. Well done.
- ScotchGuy, 25th Jun '09
This is a lovely, full-bodied scotch. At cask-strength it does need a little more water than usual to release the many flavor notes. Surprised that no "age" is shown on bottle; thought that was a requisite (?).
- anonymous, 23rd Jun '09
I can not say enough about this expression. Amazingly smooth. Woody and spicey but creamy with lots of vanilla. Tried it with water, preferred it without.
- Yossi, 24th Apr '09
not bad at all. lighter bodied than the glenfiddich 12yr i was drinking it next to. much smoother also. add 2/3 again of water, what you poured scotch, and that will bring it down to around normal strength. very smooth.
- anonymous, 15th Dec '08
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