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Lessons in the Dram
Glenmorangie is famed for long fermentation and distillation in the tallest stills in Scotland. At more than 16 feet tall, the stills – as tall as giraffes – allow long interaction between the vapour and copper.
The distillery also has its own water source, the Tarlogie Springs. The hard, mineral-rich water is key to the defining light and floral characteristics of Glenmorangie.
In pursuit of new flavour possibilities, Glenmorangie has created a single malt made for mixing. Crafted with top bartenders, X by Glenmorangie’s sweeter, richer taste is perfect paired with a favourite mixer.
Glenmorangie’s whisky creators have drawn on their exceptional array of casks to create the whisky’s luscious flavours of pear, vanilla, orange and fudge. Ideal for tall, simple serves, X by Glenmorangie promises to refresh the way we enjoy single malt.
Single Malt Scotch - No Age Statement - 2022
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Honeyed malt with underlying lemon and apple, plus a touch of nutmeg bringing oaky warmth.
Lots of vanilla and apricot notes, with more apple coming along too. A hint of flaked almond later on.
The honeyed orchard fruit theme continues on the finish, with a pinch of peppercorn.
Blair Athol 12 Year Old 2009 (cask 306994) - Auld Goonsy's Malt
Lessons In The Dram
The Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, standing at the gateway to the Highlands in the charming town of Pitlochry. It’s the spiritual home of the Bell's Blend, the most popular blend in the U.K.
Most of the Whisky from the Blair Athol distillery goes into the Blend production. It is used in Bell's blended Scotch Whisky, a product of the Diageo
A cracking cask strength indie bottling of Blair Athol single malt, brought to us by the folks at Auld Goonsy's Malt.
Distilled in November 2009, this expression spent 12 years hanging out in a single bourbon hogshead (cask #306994), which was opened up in April 2022 to release a total of 258 bottles.
Honeyed fruit and buttery shortbread, creamy vanilla fudge
Butterscotch, a hint of toffee popcorn and flaked almonds, sweet toasted oak with rich vanilla
Dried apple, more sugared nuts, peppery spice picks up with a touch of burnt sugar to balance
Linkwood 12 Year Old 2008 - Archives
Lessons In The Dram
Linkwood has a small selection of original bottlings. Currently Linkwood 12 from Flora & Fauna range of Diageo is on the market. Old original bottles had 'finished' Whiskies with Rum and wine casks. Most of the produced Whisky is used in Diageo's famous blends like Johnnie Walker and White Horse.
When mature, however, although Linkwood's freshness is retained the palate reveals a thick texture which slows the whisky down in the mouth.
It is this combination of texture and delicacy which makes it prized by blenders – and much loved by malt whisky aficionados.
The fragrance is achieved by creating very clear wort, having a very long fermentation and distilling (slowly to maximise copper conversation) in pairs of stills in which the spirit is larger than the wash, allowing even more copper contact.
This whisky is a single cask bottling at 56.3% ABV with a limited release of 225 bottles.
Fresh soft-fruits with a hint of vanilla. Green apples, lychee, lime juice, mineral and floral notes.
Sweet, overall. Viscous, but fresh and clean. Green apples, lychee, lemon, lime, grapefruit
Slight mineral notes emerges, lemon and grapefruit