folks come to me and ask, “I’m interested in Scotch, but I don’t know where
to start. What do you recommend?” I usually steer them to Glenfiddich
or The Glenmorangie. Why? Because they’re easy to find, highly
affordable, and offer the new and curious little to dislike. They’re not only
great starter whiskies; they’re ones you can keep enjoying no matter how
experienced your palate is.
Glenmorangie comes from Scotland’s Highland region, whereas Glenfiddich comes
from Speyside. Considering Speyside gained autonomy from the Highland region in
2009, the two areas aren’t far off. The Glenmorangie tends to be a sweeter
whisky, something else that newbies often find palatable.
you're unfamiliar with Glenmorangie (a/k/a Glenmo), it is a Highland
Scotch whisky distillery founded in 1843 and located in Tain, Ross-shire. The
distillery was mothballed twice, from 1931 to 1936 and 1941 to 1944. Glenmo,
along with its sister distillery Ardbeg, has been owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
(LVMH) since 2004.
boasts the tallest stills in Scotland. It calls them giraffe stills. On
a side note, the distillery supports the Giraffe Conservation Fund,
which is meant to help save the species. Glenmo sources its hard water, which
is high in mineral content, from the local Tarlogie Springs for the
core of its core single malts (yes, I meant to say that twice) is Glenmorangie The Original. It is the base whisky of nearly everything else it
produces (which is why I called it the core of the core). It is matured
a decade in ex-Bourbon casks and is quite affordable at about $43.00 for a 750ml
bottle, which is packaged at 43% ABV (86°).
Very recently, Glenmo went through a label change to make it more in tune with the times. The new label is below, but the whisky inside the bottle is the same.
picked up a 50ml taster at a random liquor store to review. Let’s #DrinkCurious
and discover how it tastes.
sipped The Original neat from my Glencairn glass. The whisky inside was
brilliant, bright liquid gold. A bold rim formed and created slow, husky legs.
aroma of honeysuckle, vanilla, bananas, apples, and pears exploded from the
glass. As I delved deeper, smells of nutmeg and faint oak were found. Drawing
the air through my lips exposed my palate to buttercream.
Original had a medium body that flowed easily to my throat. I experienced
honey, apples, and pears on the front, while the middle featured bananas,
vanilla cream, and nutmeg. The back tasted of caramel, dry oak, and cocoa.
medium-long finish included flavors of apples, pears, caramel, cocoa, and
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: As I
stated at the beginning of this review, I recommend two whiskies for those
looking to dip their toes in the big ocean of Scotch. Glenmorangie The Original
is a delightful, easy-sipping whisky that can please nearly everyone. You won’t
find peat; you won’t run into “band-aid” tastes; you won’t encounter anything
marine-like. It is all about flavors that are sweet and fruity. When you factor
in the price, Glenmorangie The Original meets every punch mark for a Bottle
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you to do so responsibly.