We started our evening with the Highland Glenmorangie… The Dornoch is part of their travel retail range.
Glenmorangie Dornoch 43%
- Nose – It began with very “classic” Glenmorangie notes of heather, honey, lightly floral, juicy oranges… quite summery in its style… then started to evolve revealing a cognac quality, raspberries and dare I say it? A whiff of very light smoke…
- Palate – A rather yummy way to start off the evening… The smoke is certainly there, yet a delicate touch, so smooth, soft and again that cognac almost white wine like quality… certainly sweet, light fruit, swish it around more and some stewed apple pie with a dash of cinnamon and cloves emerged
- Finish – Really rather nice and surprisingly long, ending on the orange citrus
Overall we found this one simply delivered. Nothing pushy about it – just pleasant and enjoyable.
And what do the Glenmorangie folks have to say?
- Aroma: A classic Glenmorangie spirit matured in ex-bourbon American white oak then transferred to ex-Amontillado casks.
- Taste: The swirling of under-current of peat adds an unexpected dimension of sweet smoky apples, complemented by vibrant sweet nutty flavours layered upon the rich, warm toffee and dried fruits.
- Finish: After tasting you are left with added layers of distinctive floral notes, the softness of vanilla with hints of citrus.
While it was the same combination of ex-Bourbon then Amontillado Sherry finish, thankfully it was far superior to The Tayne recently sampled. The touch of smoke added a certain something and substance.
Mind you, we also need to know when this Travel Retail was purchased… back in 2016 from Changi Airport in Singapore. Much has happened with the distiller since then… Just saying…
What else did we try that evening?
- Old Pulteney Dunnet Head 46%
- Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend 43%
- Ardmore Triple Wood Peated 46%
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