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.