Glenmorangie Astar

70cl / 57.1%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenmorangie Astar / Bot.2008
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The Astar bottling from Glenmorangie is a second incarnation of the much-loved Artisan cask bottling from several years ago. A massive dram, with huge spices - a drop of water is the sensible option.

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Chill Filtered


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Cream Cream
  • Oak Oak

Glenmorangie Astar Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Toffee and vanilla, with hints of mint and menthol, warming cinnamon, honey and lemon.

    Palate: Crème brûlée topped with pineapple, poached pears and apricot, dusted with nutmeg.

    Finish: Long and spicy, with lingering honey and almonds.

  • Tasting Notes by TF

    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.

19 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 January

    Maybe try drinking it chilled as neat out the cabinet it can be very powerful, you still get the flavours but it packs a punch. Cool it down and Holy Golden Haggis you have a dram that goes down like golden silk, silly description but thoroughly meant.

  • 4
    3 October 2017

    The taste of a Whisky is always a very personal thing. For me, when sipping Astar neat, at room temperature, I found the charred oak and hot, harsh alcohol overpowering. However, sip Astar from a tumbler full of ice straight from the freezer and it morphs into something quite different. The ice cools the fiery heat of the alcohol and softens the hard oak, allowing the sweetness and flavours of honey and vanilla to spread out across your palate, along with spicy ginger and black pepper. It is smooth, almost unctuously smooth – a dram to mull over quietly on a long winter evening in front of a log fire. The original, even more alcoholic Astar was very popular with serious whisky enthusiasts, and I suspect that this will be too. For myself, it’s very different to my usual preference, which tends towards the fruity, Christmas cake end of the spectrum, but, for an occasional change, I’d be happy to keep a bottle at the back of the fridge.

  • 5
    22 September 2014

    I brought a bottle back from Scotland for my husband this summer. This is the best Scotch we have ever had. Friends continue to ask when am I returning to Scotland to purchase another bottle. I reside in Canada but was born in Scotland. If you ever need a sales rep on this side of the ocean we would love to promote your company.

  • Danson 27 January 2014

    This is my boom boom whiskey. For me the point of this whiskey is the strength and powerful long lasting taste hit when drunk straight. I can make a small glass of this last an evening because each tiny drop gives you a (refined) merry ride for a long time.

  • Barto 24 June 2012

    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

  • brixomatic 8 June 2012

    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.

  • iain mackenzie 10 March 2012

    this is perfection 2 to 1 mix superb

  • Ricky P.- Wisconsin, United States 15 June 2011

    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.

  • Sh0ck-Wave 12 August 2010

    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 :)

  • AG 14 July 2010

    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

  • Jeremy from the US of A 2 June 2010

    I too find this to be a wonderful pour. I have also never had anyone say something negative after a sip.

  • dennis 6 January 2010

    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

  • kirt from the usa 15 December 2009

    as good as it gets and worth the wait

  • Anonymous 6 August 2009

    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.

  • Nagi 25 June 2009

    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!

  • ScotchGuy 25 June 2009

    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.

  • Anonymous 23 June 2009

    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 (?).

  • Yossi 24 April 2009

    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.

  • Anonymous 15 December 2008

    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.