Moet Hennessy owned distillery Glenmorangie, finds itself situated in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, just outside the historic town of Tain.
Since first opening in 1843 they have dedicated themselves to producing perfection, and many critics would agree they’ve basically done that.
They have an extensive range, with their Original 10 Year Old at the core. This is a massively popular malt and for several years was Scotland’s favourite Scotch.
Their oldest expression is an impressive Glenmorangie 25 Year Old and its packaging reflects just how rare and excellent it is. It is housed in a gold box with a tulip shaped bottle and stands out as something special.
This can be tasted and smelt throughout the 25 Year Old. On the nose it is full of dried fruits and floral notes.
There are raisins, figs and dates just spilling out of it, with the odd rose petal or apple blossom as well.
These flavours become slightly sweeter as the nose goes on and are given depth and refinement befitting a dram of this age with a lovely hint of malt.
Underneath it all is a darker tone of bitter chocolate and coffee, further giving the expression depth.
The palate really does justice to these flavours, with bog, bolder notes coming through.
The fruits become denser and filled with blackberries and damsons. There is also a note of jam like sweetness. There is also a delicate warmth and hint of cinnamon that is somewhat reminiscent of the oak barrels.
The coffee and chocolate take a back seat to these flavours but provide a bitterness for the fruits to bounce off.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an almost syrupy appeal.
This goes hand in hand with the fruit and a blackberry compote appears in the midst. There is a slight tang to this and it serves to give depth to the other flavours.
The finish is long and gives off that blackberry compote tanginess. It wraps up with some light spices and dried fruits.