As I have mentioned before, my preferences have for a time moved me in the direction of the Islay single malts. But, lately I have been drawn to revisit some of my original favorites, particularly some of the highland single malts. Glenmorangie single malts were a great introduction for someone new to this pursuit.
The nose hints to the wine heritage, with some sweetness and underlying earthy, leather, dry notes.
The palate surprised me, I was anticipating a tame entry. It was spicy, with layers of semi-sweet chocolate and red wine undertones. Gradually,the spicy notes converge to a lingering pepper.
The finish is wonderfully long, with hints of allspice and distinctly clove.
This is a most pleasant dram. A rich complexity, distinctive flavors but the finish does not let you forget … that more than anything … that you are tasting a finely crafted whisky. One I think I would prefer as an after dinner drink, it would follow a meal accompanied by a dry red wine quiet well.