That experience doesn't deter me from wanting to try other Glenmo's, but I won't revisit the 10 for some time - though I'd happily try it in a bar for comparison.
MrTattieHeid wrote:... I think we malt snobs tend to overlook Glenmorangie for no reason other than that it's so popular and widely available, and that's too bad. I'm as much a cultural contrarian as anyone, but sometimes you have to admit that there's a good reason why something is as popular as it is.
spot-on! That is exactly what I meant
MrTattieHeid wrote:As far as I'm concerned, the current 10 ("The Original") is a stellar OB. I had a bottle of the Astar and thought that was excellent, as well. I'm not big on the finishes, but I know others here are fond of the Quinta Ruban, Nectar D'or, and Lasanta. I think we malt snobs tend to overlook Glenmorangie for no reason other than that it's so popular and widely available, and that's too bad. I'm as much a cultural contrarian as anyone, but sometimes you have to admit that there's a good reason why something is as popular as it is.
Ya mon! Respect fe dat!
In the words of Will Rogers, "I never met a dram I didn't like!"
I've enjoyed(all OBs) Glen Ten; Millenium 12; "Traditional" CS; Old Portwood(old favorite!Much missed...); Old Sherry wood; Old Madeira; Old 15; 18 YO; new "Original"; Lasanta; Quinta ruban; Artisan; Astar; Nectar d'Or...
Most were bought and owned by me...3 or 4 were samples/other people's drams offered, but I like them all. Would love to try an SMWS or any single cask.
For me, most outstanding were the old Portwood, the Nectar'd'Or, Artisan Cask; Lasanta (had 3 before reports of "sulphur" put me off a 4th!) and the "Original/10" is always satisfying.
I think the only distillery I've had as many(or more) of would be Macallan.
talisker10 wrote:I have tried the 10 at a bar..not too impressed. Price is what scares me away from the rest of the line. $152 USD for the 18 is just insane for an OB 18yr.
I agree with what you are saying but if you stay with some of the other expressions like the Quinta Ruban or the Nectar D'or of the Lasanta they are well under $100. I found the 10 to be quite nice and refreshing. I definitely prefer it over the old 10.
But I agree with Richard that it is crazy that the Glenmo 18 is more than the Macallan 18 thats a lot. Also, Richard how did you like the Margaux finished Glenmo always been interested to try that?
After my last post I decided to do a little research on the Glenmo 18 and Macallan 18 to compare pricing in my area. I found some very interesting numbers.
Glenmorangie 18yo $105.99
Macallan 18yo $125.99
Ganga wrote:I have a place here where I can get the Macallan for $96. The best price I've seen for the older Glenmo 18 is $120 but most have been repriced to reflect the new bottles price. Around me that is $140-160. Besides the one place I've been finding the Macallan 18 at $130-150 with the occasional mom & pop shop having it at $180.
Some of the shops around here are not restocking whiskies at the new jacked prices. See the lack of any new Dalmores in the LA area and the disappearing act being performed for the old version. This would seem to indicate that some brands are looked at as premium and stores don't worry about the restock price but other brands are looked at as non-premium brands and big changes in pricing causes a reaction by the stores.
What an array of price differences, I find it amazing how prices are so drastically different from place to place. but the name of the game is trying to find something for the cheapest possible. That's what I try to do when I am shopping for whisky or wine. Those mom & pop places always have the highest prices around me too I have noticed. I guess it is the same everywhere for everyone.
That makes sense, I guess I will be starting to see less of a selection or a non existence of certain brands or bottles. I should try and stock up on the ones I want before they do a disappearing act or the prices are totally jacked up. Those mom & pop places always have the highest prices around me too I have noticed
Glenmorangie 12yo Madeira wood
Glenmorangie 12yo Sherry Wood
Glenmorangie 12yo Port Wood
Glenmorangie 12yo Burgundy Wood Finish
Glenmorangie 18yo (unopened)
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie Nectar D'or
Glenmorangie Astar (unopened)
Of the ones I've opened the 15yo is the most unique with its new oak finishing. I feel like the new range kind of tarnished their reputation, but I'm still curious about the Signet.
- Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood Finish (43%, OB)
- Glenmorangie Madeira Wood Finish (43%, OB)
- Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish (43%, OB)
- Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish (43%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 'The Nectar D'Ã²r' (46%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 'The Original' (40%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 'The Quinta Ruban' (46%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 10yo (40%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 12yo Golden Rum Cask (40%, OB)
- Glenmorangie 15yo (43%, OB)
Personally, from those the Nectar D'Ã²r is the stand-out with the old Port Wood finish also being very good. The 10 - and the Original - are a bit too wishy-washy for me really, with the 15 being too woody and the 12yo Golden Rum Cask too discordant. The rest vary from average to decent.
To summarise, Glenmorangie is not particularly high up on my list, but then I have missed out on the Signet and Artisan Cask bottlings, which are reputedly very good indeed...
Seems they hit the nerve of the non-peat community with what they put in the bottles, too.
I only tried the Original, Ruban, Lasanta and Nectar d'Or and frankly - I was not impressed.
Seems I have to try the Sonnalta, Astar and Signet as well.
10 yo, 15 yo, Port Wood, Sherry wood and Burgundy wood.
I have not yet had the oppertunity to try the new bottlings, but I look forward doing so in due time.
12yo Madeira wood Finish
12yo Sherry Wood Finish
12yo Port Wood Finish
12yo Burgundy Wood Finish
Cote de Beaune Wood finish
1987 Chateau Margaux Cask Finish
And the only one, which left me impressed was the Chateau Margaux Finish, so I daresay that Glenmos usually are mediocre. But on the the other hand I do very well understand Mr.TÂ´s:
I'm as much a cultural contrarian as anyone, but sometimes you have to admit that there's a good reason why something is as popular as it is.
There is no contradiction between his 'good reason for its popularity' and my 'they are usually mediocre'. Only 0.?? % of all people are malt-drinkers and only a small number off them are used to old stuff, sherrybottlings, peated malts and/or caskstrength or are able or willing to pay prices above 50 or 100 euros/gbp/$ for a bottle. So they are looking for mild, smooth, highly drinkable, available and affordable whiskys .....
and find Glenmorangie, which meets all these criteria!! Reason enough for itÂ´s popularity!!
And why do I still call it mediocre? Well, IÂ´m always looking for the specials, for the highlights and for particular charakteriscs. I like single cask bottlings often better than batch-bottlings, because of their higher level of charakteriscs, I prefer casksttrength to drinkingstrength.
And IÂ´m perfectly sure itÂ´s not only me, whoÂ´s looking for something else than smoothness, mildness and drinkablity and who will say glenmos are trivial.
There are still good reasons for Glenmos popularity, but there are different goals too.
And every time we meet, he forces me to have a dram with him, which needs to be nosed and tried for 30 to 60 minutes and in the end you can find some weak notes of grass, barley and what is typically for DDs green apples
I do not only love hard-peated islaymalts, I also like more delicate malts, i.e. older Balblairs, the new Tomatin-bottlings (> 18y.o.), Glen Elgins or Rosebanks, .... All of them have unique charakteristics far below a peat-monster or a sherrybomb. Glenmos same as Balvenies or Glenfiddichs usually donÂ´t have these OR you need a really perfect sensual equipment to find them ....
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