A little vertical tasting of some Glenmorangie wood finishes.
I had a dram of the Glenmorangie 10 in a separate glass for comparison.
Madeira Wood Finish
Nose: Fresh farmhouse cheese, malt vinegar, oak
Taste: Initially sweet, then drying to an oaky, spicy taste. A hint of the ginger and chocolate orange that I love about Glenmorangie.
Finish: Disappointingly short but spicy, warm and sweet
Overall: Doesn't improve on the standard 10yo but a pleasing dram nevertheless.
Burgundy Wood Finish
Nose: Surprisingly spirity. I didn't want to water it so I didn't get much more than a touch of oak. Nosing the empty glass gave me some of the malt vinegar I thought I detected in the Madeira wood.
Taste: Drier than the Madeira finish. Initially bitter and not very pleasant, giving way to tastes of nuts and sweet dried dates. Odd.
Finish: The best bit. Long, like preserved stem ginger!
Overall: Disappointing. Worth the experiment but not worth bottling!
Port Wood Finish
Nose: Dates, marzipan, Christmas cake
Taste: Vanilla ice-cream?
Finish: Sweet, treacly and oily
Overall: The best of the wood finishes so far. I'll definitely buy a bottle or two of this.
Sherry Wood Finish
Nose: Nuts and vanilla
Taste: vanilla ice-cream?
Finish: Shorter than the Port Wood finish
Overall: Pleasant but it's not Glenmorangie's strongest effort. It either needs more time in sherry casks or about two years fewer
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