Next up was a single malt our host selected for its Amontillado Spanish Sherry finish. Again a duty free purchase, part of Glenmorangie’s moderately priced Legends range that has been around since early 2016.
We sampled it blind before our host revealed the whisky. Here is what we found…
Glenmorangie The Tayne 43%
- Colour – Bright gold
- Nose – Narrow, subdued and almost industrial, some sulfur, a metallic copper but not varnish, faint tobacco leaves, a bit earthy and mildly nutty. After some time revealed some muskmelon, marshmallows and oranges, sweet
- Palate – Much more bitter than expected, then sweet and green, a bit khatta sour, some spice, more of those leaves, dry with a rather thin body overall
- Finish – Strangely flat, not much happening and didn’t remain either
- Water – For most, there was no temptation to add water. For the few that did, there was a mixed response – one thought it toned the bitterness down whereas another thought it merely upped the spice. Either way, water didn’t dramatically change any impressions
While it was a freshly opened bottle, poured and served immediately, it had oddly muted aromas – we really had to work at teasing out what was there.
Was it even Scottish? If so, perhaps Highland, but there wasn’t anything to distinguish it as coming from a particular distillery or cask approach.
We were stumped.
And the reveal?
Again a surprise. Glenmorangie?!
I personally could not believe this was the same whisky I’d sampled with the Whisky Ladies when it was first released. I read out the Tayne tasting notes from that session to my companions – how could our experience differ so much? Where was nose bursting with character with marvellous sherry Christmasy notes, the yummy coffee, chocolate, orange complexity??
Naturally setting and mood, even tasting order makes a huge difference. But to miss nearly all of the elements that made The Tayne the favourite of the evening for our Whisky Ladies and the opposite for our Original group?
As the bottle was recently purchased, it was unlikely (but not impossible) that storage conditions had an impact.
Could it be that standards have slipped? If so, then it is truly terribly disappointing. If not, what can explain such a radically different experience?
PS – If curious what this could set you back, it can typically be found for around $85 in duty free.
Here is what we explored with our Sherry expressions evening:
- Macallan Terra 42.8% – “Seasoned” 1st fill American and European Oak Cask
- Glenmorangie The Tayne 43% – “Finished” in Amontillado Spanish Sherry Cask
- Glen Deveron 20 year 40% – Matured in “Sherry Oak”
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