Immediately we’re having a look at two customary bottlings of Glenmorangie, each standing on the high of its everlasting assortment. Rob took a recent take a look at Signet final summer time, whereas Drew checked out Extraordinarily Uncommon, Glenmorangie’s 18 yr outdated launch, in 2020. Observe that Extraordinarily Uncommon is at the moment obtainable with a restricted version label designed by floral artist Azuma Makoto, however the liquid inside is identical as recipe as all the time.
Glenmorangie Extraordinarily Uncommon 18 Years Outdated (2022) – 18 years outdated, completed in oloroso sherry barrels. That is about as basic a illustration of Highland Scotch as you will get. Toasty cereal notes begin off on the nostril, with some honey, caramel, and a light-weight orange peel character evident, a nod to the sherry cask ending. Easygoing from the beginning, the palate kicks off with extra delicate citrus and caramel sauce notes, fading right into a type of oatmeal cookie character, enduring but mild with layers of vanilla, cinnamon, and a dollop of chocolate sauce. The end feels a bit tight, providing a surprisingly youthful contact of greenery, plus a mixture of spice and brown sugar to hold you on to subsequent sips — and drams. On the entire, this expression could lack the austerity one expects from an 18 yr outdated Scotch, however it’s really easy to drink that complaints fade away shortly. 86 proof. A- / $140 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Glenmorangie Signet (2022) – A whisky impressed by the proper cup of espresso, made with roasted chocolate malt and aged in a mixture of bourbon, sherry, and virgin oak barrels. Signet is fairly far off the crushed path with regards to single malts, even in Glenmorangie’s lineup, which is sort of experimental at instances. The nostril is kind of woody, a nutty sherry observe rising shortly because the whisky develops within the glass — suppose Pedro Ximenez sherry over oloroso. There’s darkish fruit beneath — extra raisin than citrus — however it’s nicely obscured beneath its oaky, malty components. The palate instantly pours on a floor espresso character, operating from there to notes of fig, rum raisin, and burnt sugar, earlier than lastly settling in on a end that exudes vanilla and chocolate. Initially just a little off-putting, Signet takes its time to develop however slowly settles right into a groove that feels tailor made for after-dinner sipping, particularly should you’re pairing with dessert or, after all, a cup of espresso. It’s a bottle that I don’t gravitate to lots, however which I maintain within the eating room as a substitute of on the shelf within the bar with all the opposite whiskies. It’s a extremely stunning expertise should you don’t know what to anticipate… however enjoyable all the identical. 92 proof. A- / $185 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Glenmorangie Extraordinarily Uncommon 18 Years Outdated (2022)