stanman

Very Good Highland Single Malt

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Lately I've been going in for the Islay spirits. Last two bottles have been Caol Ila, in fact. This time I decided to switch it up a bit, so I went for a Highland. Glenmorangie Original. It's just ten years old, a wee lassie, but it has that lightness of flavor that I've come to know from the scotches of this region. This is my first meeting with this distillery.

As always, I am drinking this fine aqua vitae on the rocks (two, to be exact), with no other additives. I typically pour, then walk away for two or three minutes to let it settle. That is a habit I picked up from drinking the island spirits, and probably is unnecessary with the lighter Highland versions.

It hits the tongue lightly, dancing a bit there before warming the top of the throat. Tha label claims a slight taste of honey, and I find it. More on the second sip, the honey teases you with sweetness before the burn begins. The burn stays near the top, though. I find little heat in the belly, as it seems to have mellowed considerably before arriving there. There is a good complexity of flavor without losing distinction. This would be a good first stop for newcomers to the Scotch world, yet still has enough going for it to please the more experienced palettes. It also comes in at a fair price, $45 or so here in Michigan, your mileage may vary.

All in all, I give Glenmorangie Original a good rating. The Sixteen Men of Tain who perfected this uisge apparently knew what they were about.

Bottoms up!

Stan

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Yes Glenmorangie Original is a very good Single Malt. Might I also recommend you give Aberlour 12 Year Old / Double Cask Matured a try as well..

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That was a very excellent review Stan, you sound like a pro. I think that "Knowing the Drink" is a must for us Michiganders. It has been a long while since I have "partook" ( about 7 years ) but I swear I tasted it as you described it. Outstanding write up, can't wait for more, I'm thirsty. :)

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Yep, I love Glenmorangie. I have a bottle of 30 year old here I'm waiting for a good reason to open.

Another gem, if you're lucky enough to luck onto a bottle is St.Magdeleine. The distillery closed down in 1986, so it's guaranteed vintage even if you get the last bottle made.

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Thanks to all. I greatly enjoy a nip of the Highland nectar. I usually don't buy the same thing over and over, there are too many good ones calling my name, but Glenfiddich has always been the "old reliable" fallback. I am lucky to have two shops nearby who have excellent selections. I will continue to post as I try new ones.

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Pulteney Scotch Whiskey Distillery,

is about a hundred yards from my Wifes

home, in Wick / Caithness Scotland.

BOS'N

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Thanks for the review. I just bought a bottle of this a couple of days ago but haven't opened it yet. Now I'm looking forward to it even more!

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Pulteney Scotch Whiskey Distillery,

is about a hundred yards from my Wifes

home, in Wick / Caithness Scotland.

BOS'N

This may start some crap but just so you know there is no 'E' in whisky when referring to Single Malt Scotch..

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Tom, Larry waasn't being nasty... it's a common error.

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This may start some crap but just so you know there is no 'E' in whisky when referring to Single Malt Scotch..

JACK: thanks for the word fix.

Tom, Larry waasn't being nasty... it's a common error.

That's why I started with "This may start some crap". Having many Irish friends Tom there is a constant argument about the spelling of Whisky. It's been an ongoing battle for year.

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