Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 199170cl / 43%
- Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
The 1991 edition of Glenmorangie's Grand Vintage single malt has been created from an unusual combination of whisky finished in red Burgundy casks and whisky finished in oloroso sherry casks. These two distinctive spirits, combined with a small amount of whisky aged in new toasted oak, were married for around four months before bottling, and the result is a finely balanced and richly fruity single malt that will surprise those sceptical about the cask combination.
The 1991 Grand Vintage is part of Glenmorangie’s Bond House No.1 Collection, a series of vintage whiskies that celebrates the largest of the distillery’s traditional 19th century warehouses. Bonded Warehouse No.1 was transformed into Glenmorangie’s impressive new still house in 1990.
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1991 Reviews
Tasting notes by Caroline Roddis (The Whisky Exchange)Nose: Invitingly fruity. A rich plum crumble made with exotic spices, dusted with vanilla sugar and served with generous scoops of raspberry ripple ice cream. Sugared almonds and a glass of sauternes on the side, with flashes of mint, coconut, honeycomb and bark underneath.
Palate: Sweet and viscous, balanced by dry wood tannins. Sweet wood notes lead into lashings of candied fruit, apricot and papaya in particular, alongside cherries, singed raisins and vanilla. Purple jelly babies are also out in force, bringing with them chocolate, nutmeg and hints of citrus.
Finish: Smooth and lingering, with notes of oak, hazelnut and that sticky, rich mix of dark fruits.
Comment: The cask combination could have been a nightmare, but this is well balanced, flavoursome and true to the Glenmorangie character.