Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release

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£76.95

Bottler: No

ABV: 52.5%

Size: 70cl

Region: Highland

Taste Rating: 2

THE WOOD MAKES THE WHISKY


There are many mysteries that surround the making of malt whisky, but all distillers acknowledge the quintessential importance of the effect of maturation in oak casks on the quality of the final spirit. Recognised as pioneer in cask management, Glenmorangie brought forth in 2008 a much-coveted whisky, Glenmorangie Astar(Scots Gaelic for “journey”), in which the delicate floral spirit of Glenmorangie meets entirely bespoke casks hewn from oak trees from the Ozark mountains of Missouri. Ever since, Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, has longed to revisit the whisky’s silken depths. Yet such casks are rare. In Glenmorangie Astar’s triumphant return as a 2017 limited edition release, Dr Bill’s dedication brings a newfound richness and complexity to an exalted single malt.


A RATHER UNUSUAL “JOURNEY”


It begins with a careful selection of slow-growth oak trees from the Ozark mountains of Missouri chosen for their porous structure. To exact designs, staves are hewn from these vast oaks. Left to season in the open air for at least two years, the wood begins to breathe and soften. Even at this stage, it gains the first elements of flavour that will shine in the final whisky – notably tones of vanilla and crème brulée.


FROM AMERICA TO TAIN


The staves are then coopered into oak casks and gently toasted to contribute further flavours of almond and coconut. These casks are then filled with bourbon and set aside to mature for four years, to smooth away any rawness. Finally, they are emptied and shipped to our Distillery in Tain. Filled with our renowned, delicate and complex spirit, they begin a long, slow maturation.


COLOUR Bright gold.


NOSE Rich, sweet and fruity with fresh bright floral top notes. At full strength, the aroma is rich in butterscotch and honey, drizzled with fresh mint and a burst of coconut. The nose is full of citrus, freshly squeezed lemons fill the nose. With water, the sweetness intensifies. White sugar, lemon meringue then creamy and luscious sweet fruits: pineapple, pears and peachesin vanilla ice cream.


TASTE The mouth-feel is deliciously smooth, rich and creamy, full of sumptuous sweet and fruity flavours. The taste is exceptionally well-rounded and balanced. Initially crème-brûlée emerges with more tropical and stone fruits. Apricots smothered with vanilla custard. Hazelnuts in soft buttery fudge mix with some clove spiciness and toasted oak. Shortly after, the palate is gently cleansed by a hint of cooling mint and fresh menthol.


FINISH The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconutice and traces of aniseed.



 

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Taste Rating Guide

1 - Light, good for beginners - an aperitif on a summers day, i.e. Glengoyne, Auchentoshan

2 - Also good for beginners but with more depth and body - a little stronger than 1, ie. Glenmorangie, Speyburn

3 - A dram for everyone, a little more complex so the palate requires a little more experience, i.e. Cragganmore, Macallan

4 - A stronger spirit, a big whisky with lots of character and body, excellent after dinner, i.e. Lagavulin, Laphroaig

Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release