We recently received a package from the people of Glenmorangie with a foursome of whiskies which we have tasted in their inaugural twitter tasting #GlenmorangieLive. Amoug the four samples was their most recent release: the Duthac – first to be released of the new Legends series, targeted on the worlds Duty Free market in 1 liter bottles.
43% abv, €60, single malt
Nose: thick, honey, maple syrup, citrus, blood-oranges, toffee apples, warm chestnuts
Palate: creamy, sweet, honey, floral, marigolds, just ripe (or maybe still a little unripe) olives, dried fruits, apricots (and other stone fruits) citrus, blood-oranges, spicy, ginger, white pepper
Finish: sweet, marzipan (the good stuff), apple sauce, toffee apples, long
Conclusion: She should be left alone for a while after pouring, the nose is a bit off-putting at first. When she gets there, you’ll recognize her as a Glenmorangie from the always present honey sweetness and citrus and apple notes. A nice start of a promising new line from the always experimenting kitchen of Dr. Lumsden and his crew.
More info from their website: “At the centre of the Royal Burgh of Tain, Ross-shire, in the far north of Scotland where the Glenmorangie Distillery has stood proudly since 1843, lies the resting place of St Duthac. During the Middle Ages, the legends of his workings drew travellers from far and wide on pilgrimages to the ancient burgh. A whisky fit for a King, this expression honours the annual pilgrimage made by King James IV to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain, and is part of Glenmorangie Legends – a collection of single malt whiskies exclusive to Travel Retail, inspired by the legendary lands that have been home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843.”
.thanks to Glenmorangie and (once again) Steve of theWhiskyWire for providing the samples
.read more about Glenmorangie in our WhiskySpeller article