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Glenmorangie
Allta

  • Distillery:

    Glenmorangie

  • Company:

    LVMH

  • Cask Maturation

    Ex-Bourbon American White Oak, Finished in Pedro Ximenes Sherry casks

  • Strength

    46% ABV

  • Note

    limited to..?

  • Distilled:

    1997

  • Bottled:

    2009

  • Price

    500

  • Country:

    Scotland

  • Region

    Highland

  • Adres

    A9, Tain IV19 1PZ, Verenigd Koninkrijk

  • Website:

    glenmorangie.com

  • Type:

    Single Malt

  • Volume:

    70, 75 cl

  • Age:

    NAS

Excellent
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Taste note

  • Colour:

    Deep amber

  • Nose:

    An instant outburst of both savoury and sweet: There’s an instant hit of sweet fruits – raspberries and red currants – but balanced simultaneously with doughy pastry aromas. Fruit flan, anyone? Cereal notes emerge in the form of sweetened porridge, followed by sandalwood and perhaps huon pine. The signature Glenmorangie citrus is never too far away from the action. Returning to the nose after the first sip, there are strong biscuity notes, particularly shortbread and Arnott’s Scotch Fingers. It’s a nose for contemplation…there’s plenty here to keep you occupied.

  • Palate:

    Toasted barley, date slice, toffee (perhaps coated in dark chocolate?), and bread-and-butter pudding. It’s obviously on the sweeter side, but it never becomes cloying or overdone, and the balance is maintained by the input of pine nuts, oak, and a hint of grassiness.

  • Finish:

    There’s something fascinating about the finish – it’s got a “sparkle” in the tail; a savoury note that reminds me of chicken stock; and the slight bitterness of charred wood. Scorched almonds round out the mix. Even just a small sip leaves a seriously complex footprint.

  • Conclusion:

    Previous Private Edition releases have been bottled at 46%, and the Allta’s much higher ABV of 51.2% is immediately apparent (and welcome). As we’ve become accustomed to with the Glenmorangie Private Edition range, the Glenmorangie DNA is never far from the surface, but there’s some significant complexity and diversity in this to make it notably different to the flagship 10yo “Original”. Regardless of any fancy gaelic name or exotic yeast treatment, the simple question to ask is, “Is this delicious?”. The answer is a resounding “Yes”.

Flavor profile

Spice

Spice

Smoke

Citrus

Citrus

Sweet

Sweet

Wood

Wood

Rich Fruits

Rich fruits

Other aromas

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