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A beautifully packaged 25 year old from Glenmorangie. Quarter Century offers thick, dark fruits, with those tropical, malty tones. Superb.
Nose: Berry compote, crumble, hint of potpourri, almost floral, stewed plums. A mere hint of rancio? Perhaps.
Palate: Initially soft. Creamy, fruitcake, tropical fruit.
Finish: Long, very slight astringency. Oak, some fruit.
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I have a bottle which I refuse to open but I ordered a sample and saved it for my birthday last year. I don't recall the nose much but I remember saying it was splendid. On the palate I felt the oak overpowered much of the other flavors; of which there was a cascade, faint as they were. I held it as long as it seemed I could detect a flavor from it and the results were mixed. I'm reluctant to say but having only been one of the three or four whiskies of this age what I remark about most is the smooth character of it. Though other flavors I feel are less pronounced, it was a great pleasure to drink. Having spent much time with the Glanmorangie Tusail just prior to, and after this one, I must say that one won my favor. It's difficult not to get caught up on the hype of drinking something rare and pricey and I was as reverent as I could've been with this one but wasn't really impressed as I expected to have been.
13th February 2017
I have had 350 whiskies and I give this the honor of second best I ever had, second only to my personal favorite of Balblair 1983. I give it 99/100
23rd August 2016
Creamy, soft fruits with vanilla, slight oak, with a long smooth finish and a peach hit at the very end. I had the last of one bottle and the first of another. I got distinct peach at the end of both. So good I bought a bottle. I feel the price ~$300 USD I paid was right in line with the quality.
22nd July 2016
Nose: Sweet violets, vanilla, cherry, pink peppercornPalate: Glycerin, butter, grape, peach, with good alcohol mouth-feel. Rock sugar in the middle and a stewed plum and prune ending. Green pine, cinnamon, and vanilla undertones.Finish: Lingering finish that oscillates between sweet and bitter. Red fruits, satisfying.Overall: This is a difficult dram to characterize. I think it is excellent and everyone that I have served it to has raved about it. However, I normally give a little taste of Redbrest 21 or Balvenie 21 PortWood after this, and that is when the fun begins. There is a lot less depth and malt and depth in this Glenmorangie than seems to present on first taste. This is one of the smoothest drams I have tasted, but the sherry wood feels very heavy as well as the overall oak. It masks what is probably excellent aged scotch with lots of nuance and character. I would not disagree with a higher rating, but 7 out of 10 feels more representative to me.
1st March 2016
Outstanding, one of my favourites (maybe slightly behind the 18yo Aberlour)A bit pricey but something you got to try at least once.
23rd December 2015
Smooth, well rounded and even, with no off aromas and no flaws in the mouthfeel, but neither is there anything that would distinguish it as a dram worth the price it retails for. In the same premium category you can find for example the cheaper Highland Park 25 which absolutely wipes the floor with this one. I notice the short tasting notes above are mostly "fruit, fruits, fruitiness" which is a very accurate description and also a good example of the lack of complexity that stops this from being a five star dram.
22nd July 2014
I have sampled at least 100+drams over my years. this one takes the crown.
4th May 2014
I found this Scotch to be very smooth. Best Scotch I have every sipped. Next time if I hit the lottery I will buy more. Until then, I will sample it just a wee dram at a time.
22nd January 2014
A few belts does the trick. But here's the rub. It costs too much.
9th November 2013
I first experienced this divine nectar upon a fortuitous discovery of a hidden cache at our lodge in the remote and lonely Scottish Highlands. Hidden deep within the darkest reaches of the cellar as a diamond in the rust-red African soil, the honied liquid delighted my senses, making my very soul tremble with delight. This gift from the heavens was created for men to drink with reflection, never with haste.
28th October 2013
This to me tastes like a summers day in the middle of winter, its nose is massive.
21st September 2013
and the moral is never let the rich play with guns(toys)...irresponsible....unethical...but expected from some one of your personality :)
14th September 2013
Yes I also get a case delivered every month or so but I stopped drinking after I shot my beloved dog dead whilst aiming for a deer on my estate. I'd had too many scoops and my aim was way off.I swap it at the local Range Rover dealer ran by a raging alcoholic.
9th June 2013
The best whisky i have ever tasted. The nose is complex and yet oh so smooth with the flavours when fully thought over are something most different from it aroma. A must try if ever possible.
7th May 2013
Several cases were brought to the estate and we like to hand them round to the help as we gaze through the lead lights as the snow drifts beautifying the landscape.
4th April 2013
Agrees with hmmm. We have had a case of this for Christmas the last 2 years 'we don't drink alcohol' but never mind they can keep sending it I just sell it on as I've just put another up for sale. Hubby says in his younger days when he did drink he has never enjoyed a whisky as much as this one.
25th November 2012
No, definitely don't tell her you didn't like it, you miserable old sod. It cost her the best part of 200 quid!!!
16th July 2012
I have been enjoying nothing but Glen Morangie for a quarter century - the Original for the past couple of months when my supplier mistakenly got it for me instead of Nectar d'Or which I have been drinking for several years. Before Nectar d'Or, it was Maderia. My daughter sent me Glen Morangie 25 Year Old for my 70th birthday. I can't tell her that I didn't like it!!! I guess I will get used to it over the next 30 years.
7th July 2012
LVMH is charging 260 GBP (incl VAT) at the distillery on Oct 2009.You might like this single malt but try to avoid the bitter taste of buying at high price.Rating 5 as I still wonder if it is serious or a joke from LVMH.
18th October 2009