To follow up on my independent bottling review, it’s time for another basic review! Yay completing arbitrary lists to motivate one to enhance life through a set path exemplified by people who have come before you! Woo hoo!
Anyway, I was very lucky to trade with /u/theonetheycalljane [+1] (I have to stop myself from breaking into song whenever I say his name) for the Glenmorangie 10 Original. Funny thing is this is my usual “oh-the-bar-has-nothing-else-I’ll-order-this-one” Scotch, and yet, I’ve never been able to review it, probably due to too many Scotches (the irony, she burns).
It’s also odd that my “go-to” Scotch is a Highland, given the flak I give the region all the time
Price: $69.95 (CAD)
Colour: Post-It Note
Nose: Flowers, honey, mandarins, lime, grapefruit, peach, peach concentrate, faint rubbing alcohol, carrot
Very, very floral nose, which slowly goes very sweet, somewhat sour, and a little burning. It’s always a surprise when you haven’t had one of these in awhile, as it’s like walking into a candle shop and getting the giggles from the smell. Or rubbing your face in a pile of pixie sticks, whichever way you want to spend your weekends, I won’t judge.
Taste: Lime, sweet grass, light caramel, orange, ginger, honey, tarragon
If I ever have a lot of money, and I mean a lot of money, I may try marinating chicken inGlenmorange Original. And the reason I would do that isn’t just so that Scotch lovers would burn me in effigy, it’s because I swear it tastes the same as a Mexican orange-tequila recipe I have.
Though the burning in effigy thing is pretty awesome too.
Simple and too the point. This is sweet and there’s some earthiness, and a little caramel to round it out. No muss, no fuss.
Finish: Mushroom, arugula, orange rind, melon, lime
More earth, less sweet, tons of arugula/pepper taste. Again, this Scotch doesn’t bring you on an expensive tour of flavourtown, it brings you on a simple, basic tour of the major landmarks.
Conclusion: This is still a nice Scotch, even after breaking it down (reviewing tends to make me criticize some to the point of not liking them). It is sweet, it has some unique traits, and it doesn’t lack on flavour. Is it cloyingly sweet? It can be. Does it stay pretty one note? Oh yeah, and that note is mostly lime/earth blend. I’d say this is a solid start, and I am happy to continue reviewing the other Glenmorangie’s as I come upon them.
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