Glenmorangie The Original (43.0%): The Original is the entry level bottle of Glenmorangie line-up... The whisky in the bottle is where most of the other regular cask finish expressions of the distillery starts their journey from. It is a ten years old whisky which is matured in only ex-bourbon casks, first and second fills.
Color: Yellow gold, oaked Chardonnay.
Nose: Orange blossom honey, sweet malt and marzipan. Maple muffin, vanilla extract and peach compote. Lemon crystal candy, fresh blood orange wedges and ripe bosc pears. It's sweet, fruity and very pleasant...
Palate: A little thinner mouthfeel than the nose suggested and a tad watery but still rich with tons of fruits: Juicy red plums, concorde pears, white peaches and nectarines. Honeysuckle, vanilla and marzipan. Healthy dose of toasted oak. Starting to get a little bitter and tannic at the end.
Finish: It is definitely more bitter compared to the nose and the palate. Like all of a sudden you realize that everybody left the party and you are all alone on the dance floor drunk with the tannins and oak staves... Ok, there are maybe some honey, dried bitter orange peel and almond peel as well but they keep their distance. Medium long.
Overall: Well, there is no doubt that it is definitely one of the best deals in the market... Also needless to say it has an amazingly satisfying nose for a ten year old whisky and a very decent fruity and vibrant palate. But I wish that the finish wasn't that much of a let down for me... Anyway, at the end it is a great everyday whisky considering its price tag, wide availability and overall taste. One of the bottles you would like to keep in your whisky cabinet or in your bottom desk drawer at work...