I was curious about this whisky for a long time, having heard much about it. Quite an interesting expression, a fairly secretive blending of some older whiskies and some others distilled from chocolate malt, usually used for brewing stout and porter beers.
It comes without an age statement and a heavy price tag, but I’d heard a lot of good things, so I was itching to get my hands on a sample. Luckily for me I got to taste it twice this past week, at a master class at Whisky Live Tel Aviv with Hamish Torrie and again at a tasting held by the spectacular Whisky Bar & Museum, again with Hamish.
Age 3 years*. 46%ABV. Non-chill filtered.
*for lack of age statement
Nose: Burnt citrus. Cacao. Grape nectar. Rose water. Pineapple. Woodspice.
Palate: Candied pineapple. Salt. Iced coffee. Orange rind. Honey.
Finish: Medium-long. Sweetened coffee with milk. Nesquick. Mild woodspice. Fruit leather.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I was really impressed by this one. It was very different from the typically light profile of Glenmorangie. There were a lot of really rich dark notes in here which I really liked and it just felt heavier and richer. It’s still overpriced for a whisky with no age statement, but damn this is some top notch whisky. I might even get a bottle at some point.