Nose: All about Orange Zest. The ethereal long necks of Glenmorangie’s stills are famed for producing a light, fruity and almost zesty spirit, and this characteristic is turned up to 11 in this release. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d just been handed an old-fashioned cocktail.
Palate: Yet more candied orange, tropical fruit, a touch of vanilla, and an all-pervading sweetness that leaves you in absolutely no doubt about the fact that this has come from fresh oak.
Finish: This is where the maturity starts to shine through. The complex ethereal nature of the fruit begins to fade, and gives way to a familiar high-note of rancio and dried figs.
Overall: Yes. This is my kind of whisky. Big, brash, packed full of flavour, and not in any way hiding from - or apologising for - what it is.