It’s probably taken us too long to get around to a review of this 18-year-old bottling from Glenmorangie, but at last, here we are. This one begins life as a 15-year-old single malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels, 30 percent of which is then moved for a further three years to Spanish oloroso casks. It’s finally reunited with the rest of the ex-bourbon stock when it all reaches a minimum age of 18 years. We’ve been fans of many Glenmorangie offerings over the years, so let’s see how this one stacks up!
On the nose, this whisky is all kinds of lightly sweet pastries: lemon biscuits and poppyseed muffins with a bit of wine-poached pear and coconut macaroon. The aroma is certainly delicate, but there’s plenty here to work with. The palate is another animal entirely, rich and layered with a doughy malt backbone and bright, concentrated citrus notes of lemon peel, peach candies, and orange zest. On the mid-palate things turn silky with a mix of sultanas, banana chips, and dried berries. A touch of candy bar, with its nougat and milk chocolate, helps to nicely balance out all that fruit. A gentle, warming spice carries into the long finish with notes of juicy apricots and candied almonds. Dollar for dollar, it’s one of the best 18-year-old single malts on the market right now.