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Hi, this is one of our (almost) daily tastings. Santé!

January 8, 2020


Time Warp

Time Warp Sessions,
today Glenmorangie

Let’s see what we have, because even if there aren’t that many Glenmorangies around, it’s still a big and very popular name.

Westport 22 yo 1995/2017 (52.6%, Càrn Mor, Celebration of the Cask, cask #360391)

Westport 22 yo 1995/2017 (52.6%, Càrn Mor, Celebration of the Cask, cask #360391) Four stars
Officially a blended malt, from Morrison & MacKay’s. We’ve had some good Westports -A.K.A. Glenmorangie incognito- in the past. Colour: straw. Nose: pure clean maltiness, no sideways, no seasoning, no wine, just barley-eau-de-vie with a little vanilla, then acacia honey, drops of orange juice, and a touch of grass and chalk. Rather simple, but kind of irrefutable, should we be entitled to use that word in tasting notes. With water: typical clean straightforward Glenmo. Almonds, halva, vanilla, malt, tarte tatin and crème brulée. Mouth (neat): rather excellent, well in line with the earlier CS officials, like the ‘Traditional’ (if I remember well). Ale, apple juice, mead and fresh brioche. Good naked malt whisky. With water: custard, melon jam, barley syrup, a touch of light honey. Finish: medium, sweet and malty, with buttered apples. Right, tarte tatin. Comments: the cask was as lazy as a French trade unionist, but that was all for the better this time, since Glenmo’s distillate is rather first-tier in general.
SGP:541 - 86 points.

So, the game is to find an old bottlings… Rummage rummage… Perhaps this…

Glenmorangie 1987/2006 ‘Margaux Cask Finish’ (46%, OB, 3551 bottles)

Glenmorangie 1987/2006 ‘Margaux Cask Finish’ (46%, OB, 3551 bottles) Two stars
This one from when Glenmo were still believing it was cool to mimic wine appellations and even designs. I have to say I too used to think it was a bit cool… Until all Scots started innovating (which, over there, consists in doing exactly what the neighbours are already doing – but without, apparently, telling the PR agency). Colour: salmon. Nose: active French oak, cabernet, and barley, what could go wrong? Very leafy, with notes green pepper, peach leaves, tomato stems, leather, then touches of raspberries. I have to say it improves quite a lot over time, getting rounder and better integrated, and rather on Jaffa cakes and sponge cake. Just drop the first nosings (that’s smart, S.) Mouth: it’s not as terrible as, say Bowmore’s ‘Claret’ (that one used to pull your teeth) but still very vinous, with this feeling of wine cocktail that many early finishings used to pull. Raspberry jam, chocolate, and sourdough, plus fruit leaf teas of many sorts. Finish: medium, rather sour. Sour cherries, I would say. Comments: exactly what we used to call a winesky. I’m glad I could finally try this one, but poor Margaux wines, that wasn’t exactly good publicity for them, was it!
SGP:661 - 75 points.

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