Scotch - Single Malt

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Glenmorangie 18yr Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    617 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.8 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $110
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Notes

The Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 and lays claim to the tallest stills in Scotland, measuring 16 feet, 10 inches (5.14 meters). They say this means only the purest vapors reach the top to condense in "purer more elegant whisky." They have made a point of owning the land around the distillery to ensure the purity of their water. As an added commitment to quality, they use their oak casks only twice and in this way believe that they are ensuring the maximum possible flavors from the wood. Their stills are run by the famous "16 Men of Tain." "Glenmorangie" is Gaelic for "vale of big meadows" and the Glenmorangie Distillery traces its heritage far back before recorded history though first mention occurred in 1738 with a brewery. The distiller was owned by the MacDonald family until its very recent purchase by Moet-Hennessy in 2004 (300 million euros). It produces an extraordinary range of different expressions with a great change in lables due to its recent change in ownership. 

The Glenmorangie 18yr single malt is aged for 15yrs in American bourbon barrels followed by an addition 3 years in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. They call it "very rare." They say it "slips like silk over the tongue."

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011
NeatPour (154) (8/6/2013)
Having enjoyed the 10 I was quite excited to try this. The age has smoothed out some of the rougher edges in the 10 & left a richer sweet fruit filling. I had a dram at the bar & will be looking to add the bottle asap. Incidently, my wife also greatly enjoyed this so for those looking to pour for their wives/lady friends this might be something worth looking into.
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manikmathur (18) (6/22/2013)
Simply one of the finest scotchs that i have had, very smooth and light on the flavor,packs a punch, not peaty but has a whiff of sherry
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Hokim24986 (3) (02/28/2013)
Excellent Single Malt Scotch. Very smooth and leaves a nice fruity aftertaste, which some may find little strange at first taste. 9 on a 10 scale. As with all Aged Single Malt Scotch drink it straight up, to enjoy the full flavor.
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shanksmd (4) (02/23/2013)
This is a great complex scotch with a refined, smooth finish. Not peaty like the Islays, it can seem a little light prior to a steak dinner on a cold night.
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merajeev (9) (1/31/2012)
By far the best whiskey Ive had my entire life.
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BryanKelley (2) (12/16/2011)
Pure ambosia... The people that produce this libation are pure artisanal geniuses.  The complex layers of flavors this should never touch ice or anything else to dilute it except the glass and your palate.  It has honey and flower tones that linger after it is gone, simply amazing.
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