Friday, July 10, 2009

Butter me up, but don't touch me there: Glenmorangie Original

Glenmorangie Original

If there has ever been a label that so well depicts what is in the bottle, then it has to be the Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old. Tell me the colour alone is not a pronouncement of complexity?

My first tasting was of course the inaugural meeting of the D.T.W.C. Thanks to the Colonel-in-Chief for giving it to Brad so I could consume half the bottle in one sitting! Ever since I have been draw by it's allure. No booty on this one, she is finesse, she is style, she is a catwalk model in a bottle...and I think her name is Amber.

Glenmorangie Original
Distiller: Glenmorangie
Location / Region: Tain, Scotland
Type: Highland
Alcohol / ABV: 40%

Nose: Simply a pleasure. On opening, to the nose there is the pronouncement of Butter and vanilla toffy and it is thick. Certainly the is a aromatic floral note but for me the butter is in the forefront.

Taste: On the pallet there is a rush of alcohol which passes quickly to be replaced with the zest of citrus. Still the toffy is there but the butter is now well and truly pronounced. An extremely well balanced almost slippery experience I could almost call this...refreshing? It certainly sits high in the throat and on the mid to top of the tongue (the complete opposite to a well peated Islay which likes it down in troughs).

Finish: I am not so sure it happens or at least you don't notice it quickly. The flavor remains for a long time after the last sip is spent. The saturation does not occur in the nose but rather on the tongue leaving creamy butters and orange spice.

I have found with many Scotch Whiskys that the initial nose is lost once your pallet has reached saturation point and to relive the flavor you must take another sip. Not so with the Glenmorangie Original which just adds to the right balance overall. I have found I am nosing the glass well and truly before taking the next sip (does that sound just a bit to kinky?) I have found this also with the Glenmorangie Lasanta so I can only imagine this to be the case with the whole range.

This is a Scotch Whisky to really relax and enjoy (and possibly lust after). If only I was Moses, I could have scratched this Whisky in as the 11th Commandment and then threw the bottle in the Arc Of The Covenant with the tablets as it really is sinful.

If I was to give a dram this easily rates 6 out of 7.

The Baron