There is more than one reason why Glenmorangie Distillery is called unique .
The tallest stills in the industry, the entire output bottled as single malt, exceptional wood management, endless experiments with finishing maturation – these are just few examples. The 18 years old expression was introduced in the late 1980s when single malts were responsible of barely 1% of Scotch whisky sales. In 2007 the entire Glenmorangie range got a complete makeover, the 18 years old expression was re-launched as Extremely Rare. Once the whisky spent 15 years in ex-bourbon casks approximately 30% is transferred into ex-Oloroso sherry butts for additional 3 years. When both elements have reached 18 years they are vatted together for perfect balance and complexity.
Nose: fruity and floral with delicate sherry notes, traces of lavender and geranium, Mirabelle plums, walnuts, honey, orange and lemon zest and hints of oak.
Palate: sweet and floral, vanilla, honey, butterscotch, dried dates and figs, nougat, lemon pepper, oranges, grapefruits and toasted oak.
Finish: pretty long, combination of dried fruit and nutty dryness.