Glenmorangie Distillery has been famous for its never-ending quest for perfect single malt whisky.
One of the keys is very strict wood policy. The company selects its own oak trees in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, has its wood air-dried (two years long process) and loans casks for four years to the distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Artisan Cask was introduced in 2006 and comprised whisky distilled in 1995. The spirit was aged in first fill hogsheads made from white America oak (Quercus Alba) sourced from the Ozark Mountains.
Nose: distinctive bourbon characteristics, lots of vanilla, caramel and honey, peaches and pears, wild flowers and toasted oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, honey roasted nuts, sweet cereals, juicy orchard fruits, hints of ginger and nutmeg.
Finish: pretty long, lots of vanilla and oak and just a dash of spice.