SMWS 125.73 “Cream Horns” (Glenmorangie 11) Review

This is an 11 year Glenmorangie from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It was matured in a first-fill ex-bourbon barrel and bottled at 59.3% ABV.

Nose: Peach gummy rings, coconut flakes, strawberry pie, eucalyptus, camphor oil, and some pine like notes from the barrel.

Palate: Heavy peach notes up front again with vanilla, dried herbs, fresh whipped cream, and a bit of acetone.

Finish: Peach and mint linger with dry oak and some hop like notes.

Rating: 87/100 – Very nice to try a Glenmorangie at cask strength (albeit a young one). Loved the big peach notes throughout as I tend to go crazy for stonefruit in malts – would’ve loved to try this at 18+.

Value for the money: The SMWS price was $160 which is steep (even for their pricing) for an 11 year malt. However, this is the first cask strength Glenmorangie IB I’ve seen, and as a fan of their malt, it was worth it for me to at least split a bottle. Having tried it, I wouldn’t pay full price for a bottle, but would consider buying around $100 if it were available in stores.

Glenmorangie Milsean Review

This is the latest Private Edition expression from Glenmorangie. It is an NAS expression that was aged first in ex-bourbon casks before being switched over to flame-toasted casks that were previously used for Portugese wine. It’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Classic Glenmorangie profile – sweet oak, fresh berries, vanilla, honey, overtures of rich red wine. Almost strikes me as a Balvenie expression based on the nose.

Palate: Buttery oak, honey, very subtle fruits, and quite spicy overall. Fairly bland though compared to the nose – where did all those red wine/fruit notes go?

Finish: Disappointing….spicy and burnt popcorn, but fades very rapidly.

Rating: 76/100 – I’m bummed as I typically really enjoy the private editions. Last year’s Tusail was the first true disappointment in the series for me, but sadly the Milsean continues the downward trajectory.

Value for the money: I’m glad I tried a sample of this first, but this retails for around $89-$99. I will definitely not be buying a bottle at that price.

Glenmorangie 18 Extremely Rare Review

This is part of the Glenmorange core range of expressions. It’s an 18 year malt that spends the last 3 years in an Oloroso cask before being bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Intoxicating malt layered with smoke, strawberries, peaches, subtle sherry, and perfect amount of rich oak in the mix. This nose is prime Glenmorangie.

Palate: Very sweet – strikes me as similar to a peach wine cooler almost. Crisp white wine notes with spiced malt and oak.

Finish: Mostly malt with a little smoke and dry sherry.

Rating: 91/100 – About as good as it gets for me for the Glenmorangie core range.

Value for the money: I see these range from $80-$120, and it’s a good buy for that price.

Glenmorangie Signet Review

This is part of the Glenmorangie core range of expressions. It’s a NAS bottling distilled with some chocolate malt (heavily roasted malt) and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Strong citrus notes up front – fresh squeezed orange juice and grapefruits. Young oak with a dash of cocoa.

Palate: Bright barley wrapped in blood orange and almond butter. Rich but delicate.

Finish: Citrus lingers with mild oak – slightly dry but tangy.

Rating: 90/100

Value for the money: These retail for close to $200, and they would be better suited around $100-$130 in my opinion.

Glenmorangie Taghta Review

This was a pick from the Glenmorangie Cask Masters which was finished in an ex-manzanilla casks and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Clean malt with peach and apricots blended with an earthy soil note from the manzanilla casks. Oak with a damp/rotting profile.

Palate: Subtle sherry up front with very earthy malt. Aged oak and sultanas in the background.

Finish: Long with minerals, oak, and a bit of barley.

Rating: 88/100

Value for the money: This retailed for around $120 and I think I’d pass on it again at that price unless you’re a Glenmorangie collector/fan.

Glenmorangie The Original Review

This is the lowest-end Glenmorangie that is part of it’s core range of expressions. It’s 10 years old and bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Pineapple infused malt with subtle oak, herbal notes, and anise. A bit of isopropyl in the background.

Palate: Quite dry with young oak, fresh barley, and subtle sugars.

Finish: Very short and dry with a hint of fruit.

Rating: 79/100

Value for the money: I paid about $30 for this, but I don’t think I’d recommend it at that price.

Glenmorangie Tusail Review

This was the private edition from Glenmorangie in 2015. It is made with Maris Otter barley which is a bit of a throwback barley that isn’t commonly used anymore. It’s a NAS expression that was bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Stronger malt profile than I typically find in Glenmorangie – less fruits as well. Heavy oak, wet clay, slight aceton, raw grains come through clearly.

Palate: Ether notes with barley and oak dominating. Very little fruit/sweet notes which I’d normally find in Glenmorangie.

Finish: Oak, very subtle pear, barley – short and dry overall.

Rating: 81/100 – This was a letdown for me and a bit too far astray from typical Glenmorangie.

Value for the money: This retailed for around $99 which is way overpriced. I think this competes in quality with the Glenmorangie 10 which retails around $35 or so.

Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish Review

This is a discontinued expression from Glenmorangie. It is a 12 year malt finished in Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. This was the precursor to the Lasanta.

Nose: Nice blend of malt and sherry with a few passing wisps of berries, vanilla, and brine.

Palate: Malt is prominent alongside sherry influence – sherry has an especially sweet profile. A hint of spice on the tip of the tongue.

Finish: Dry, but long. Intensely sweet with some heat.

Rating: 84/100

Value for the money: These retailed around $50 originally which isn’t too bad, but secondary is probably closer to $100 now which is an easy pass.

Glenmorangie Madeira Wood Finish Review

This is a discontinued expression from Glenmorangie. It’s a 12 year malt finished in Madeira casks and bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Thick madeira curtain that dominates the nose with some plums and strawberries peeking through.

Palate: All spice with little sweetness – heavy and slightly bitter oak with the rich madeira rounding out the profile.

Finish: Bitter, quite short, and dry – reminds me of a cabernet sauvignon that’s been open a few days.

Rating: 81/100

Value for the money: These retailed around $50-$60 which isn’t bad, but secondary prices are probably closer to $100 which I would not pay.

Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood Finish Review

This is a discontinued 12 year expression from Glenmorangie that was finished in a Burgundy cask and bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Very similar to sherry finish – slightly sour but sweet with green grapes and musty oak. Pleasant, but light overall.

Palate: Very light and fruity up front with strong strawberries and raspberries. Vanilla with moscato wine profile – crisp, sweet, and slightly dry.

Finish: Vanilla and oak with fruits fading rapidly while mushroom notes arrive.

Rating: 88/100 – One of the more unique Glenmorangie finishes I’ve had.

Value for the money: These were around $60-$70 retail which is a fair price. I believe I paid around $100 for this which I wouldn’t pay again.