I want to have my friends drink other single malts but within the same arena as the morangie 10.
there`s alot of whiskies that are similar, not the same , f ex Blair Atholl , linkwood , glen goyne ,Glen garioch . These are just ontop of my head.
there are several whiskies that are easily likeable (if you can say that)
which the Glenmorangie is .
The above mentioned Highland Park is a good whisky but I wouldnt consider it to be in a similar style to Glenmorangie, likewise Glen Garioch which seems closer to Highland Park and Bunnahabhain to me ( although I've only had the current 15 so other bottlings may be different)
Nick Brown wrote:I was thinking more in terms of heavy wood influence - a vanilla bitterness - and a clean malty flavour with some delicate sweet fruit in the background (lemon, grape, etc.)
Some bourbon Tullibardines are also quite similar to Glenmorangie.
Sorry Nick, for a moment there i thought you were being facetious,heaven forbid.
Sounds like an interesting beer, I should try to track some down.
Nick Brown wrote:I have seen threads before that have tried to pinpoint Glenmorangie in terms of other distilleries. I think Glenmorangie has a very unusual and distinctive flavour as I described above. But the overall predominant flavours are vanilla and malt in a very sweet, creamy mix. I am honestly surprised by some of the suggestions that others make, and even more surprised on other threads to see people describe Glenmorangie as light, bland or nondescript.
Relatively light in body but not in flavour. Also seems quite spicy to me and I often think I can detect salt and faint peat. It's also a whisky where you seem to pick up different things each time you drink it. Sometimes it seems sweet even a little grassy , others it seems drier and the vanilla seems to get more pronounced the longer the bottle is open. Brilliant stuff at any price.
If the 10 was what you and your friends liked, I'd point you at Glenrothes.
If it was the 15, I'd lean towards Bunnahabhain.
Actually the best reccommendation I can give is that every time you are at a bar that has malts, try a new one. You never know what will strike your fancy.
I don`t see whats patronizing about that sentence.
It doesn`t offend me I like glenmorangie it`s one of my favorites.
I think it is complex but yet so easily likeable for everyone (almost everyone )
I just want to say this is HIS opinion and he actually can think that if he wants to.
you can have your opinion to ,but don`t bite people`s head of for nothing.
Lets be Nice to eachother.
If I had to categorise the standard Glenmorangie 10yo, I would describe it as being extremely light, fragrant, and delicate.
In contrast to this, some people above have recommended relatively heavy, robust, and/or more full-flavoured malts. I'm not convinced some of these recommendations are actually comparable whiskies.
Glenlivet 12yo is probably in the same category, and is worth recommending in this instance.
I did say that as an "Islay Junkie" (who currently has open 4 Ardbegs, 2 Lags, two Laphroaigs, and can't wait to get my hands on the 2 new Bowmores I sampled last week) that Glenmorangie is, nonetheless, always enjoyed by yours truly, and "never the same twice" which betrays my regard for its complexity...
The "introductory" appraisal is yet another plus IMO, and born of the experience of one who loves to "introduce" people to whisky. I'll retell this story. New year's eve 2005. Back home after a great gig. Sitting with young girl singer who is getting a cold. I'm ringing in the early hours of the new year with an Ardbeg 10, a Balvenie SB...and a Glenmorangie 10!
To allay her oncoming cold I offer the "medicinal" Ardbeg. oo,er...a bit too much. i offer the 'morangie. she likes it . I offer the Balvenie. not sure. Back to the 'morangie. she falls in love with it, and has never been without a bottle since! In fact, she called me 2 weeks ago to say she'd skipped work, and ws in a bar enjoying... Talisker! We did a gig last week and all they had was the "trad" beginners malt- Glenfiddich. guess what-she thought it was crap!
Another story. the late great racing driver Ayrton Senna was introduced to whisky by the former Formula One doctor Sid Watkins. his favourite whisky? Glenmorangie!
It's a great dram, perhaps the best "light" whisky i've tasted, always reliable...apart from Bladnoch 10, but where can you get that these days for less than twice the price ??
You also, in common with many Islay fans, seem to feel that there is something macho about being able to take Islay - c.f. your comment about Ardbeg being too much.
Personally, my friends and I drank peaty Islays from very early on. I think Islay whisky is ideal for beginners as there is nothing terribly complex about most of it - the flavour is immediately obvious even if you just swallow it down and, frankly, it doesn't take much understanding. Some of us then came to appreciate the compexity and range of flavours in other whiskies whilst the others just keep on about how peaty their latest dram is and how sure they are that most people couldn't take it. Actually, I think anyone who has smoked cigarettes can handle the peat quite happily... But I think it takes more experience to understand Highland malts fully as there is simply more going on on the palate.
Besides for an Islayphile Glenmorangie is compritively light in flavour and body, it can be taken as much as a compliment as a critisism.
RBs appreciation of Glenmorangie 10 surely implies that one day he could escape the evil clutches of peatocentricity( if he so wishes) and flit butterfly like from distillery to distillery feasting on the gentle nectars within and peering zenlike into the limpid pools of clarity and complexity they offer.
Scotchio wrote:What if we all just replaced the word light with subtle and well balanced ?
I don't think it is subtle. I think it is complex. Subtle is just a euphemism for bland. I agree about the well balanced, though - and I would add that Glenmorangie seems to have a flavour journey - a sequencing of the flavours - that few whiskies achieve. Interestingly, though, the other one that I always think of in terms of journeys is Talisker!
I wonder if we were not to impute wrong motives to each other here, rather allow each person to have an opinion even if it did match our own, it might help. Although you might be of the opinion a good old row is just what's needed. I don't know, maybe a quiet life is more pleasant, without being bland.
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