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.