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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Monday, 15 October 2012

GLENMORANGIE 'ASTAR' - DISTILLERY BOTTLING

Like the Glenrothes Distillery in Rothes in Speyside, Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain north of Inverness is another distillery that has a very almost Cathedral-like still room.

They also have the tallest stills in Scotland at 5m 14cm (thats 16ft 10 1/4 inches) which very much contributes to this very impressive look in the still house.

Now, The Glenmorangie 10yo was my very first malt-love, so its always gonna be something special for me, but I must admit that after LVMH took over I've lost some passion for the place. Its become -like some other distilleries- a bit too 'streamlined'. Only one of their recent of their bottlings I really like, is the 'Signet' which I will be reviewing another time...

This time its the 'Astar'... a no age statement bottling and a replacement of the older 'Artisan cask'-bottling they used to do.

Glenmorangie still house - picture taken on 23rd August 2012 © The Malt Desk

Glenmorangie 'Astar' 57,1%, Distillery bottling (bought 2008)

Colour is straw

Nose:
Huge on vanilla and spices, fresh grounded pepper and a little varnish/paint thinner, pencil shavings and custard.

Taste:
Alcohol stands out, white pepper, maritime notes, spices galore.
Water calms it down to also reveal citrus fruits, more vanilla and maybe coconut.

Good, but certainly rough around the edges...

83/100!

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