Sunday, February 21, 2016

Glenmorangie Side By Side

Glenmorangie Side By Side
- The Original, Lasanta & Quinta Ruban -

Glenmorangie. The Original
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Glenmorangie
Region: Highland
Age: 10 Years
Proof/ABV: 40%
DK Price: $52/350dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 82/100

I'm just in the mood for a side by side tonight. When you got the time, it's one of the greatest ways to enjoy whisky. Because all the different notes are coming out in a whole new perspective, or in a perspective of each other, you might say. 
But first we need music. You can't dance, if the band left the building early. So please wait a second... Got it... This side by side is now accompaniments by my very close friend Mr. Bon Iver. And tonight's whisky on stage is... Let’s give him a round of applause. Glenmorangie!  The first man in the water is the Original 10 years old. 

The nose is fresh and oh so clean with raisins, apples, soft pears and a hint of vanilla.

The taste is very light and reminds me of a strong cider with orange fruit, malt and a little oak coming through, but not a lot.

The finish is short with more apples and orange.

It is very pleasant and smooth and kind of walk the straight safe path. That’s all fine by me, but then again, sometimes you have to follow the unknown path, to make the journey a bit more fun. But this Glenmorangie stayed home with his mom and that's exactly what shaped his personality.
That said, I think it will pair very well, with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream, on a hot summer day.

Glenmorangie. Lasanta
The Sherry Cask Finish 
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Glenmorangie
Region: Highland
Age: 12 Years
Proof/ABV: 43%
Cask: American White Oak, Oloroso Sherry & PX Sherry Casks
Dk Price: $67/450dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 84/100

Changing whisky and changing music. Switching to The National. So now I'm half awake in a fake empire and the whisky is the 12 years old Lasanta sherry cask finish. 
Have I told you guys how much I love these elegant bottles? No! Then it's about goddamn time, because they are so sexy.

The Nose is not surprisingly... You guessed it didn’t you? Sherry. Big Bald Sherry and soft cigar smoke, followed by walnut and dark chocolate.

The taste is honey, raisins, sherry and to your surprise a bit of saltwater.

The finish is medium with sweet oak and cinnamon.

The Lasanta is more rich and oily in its taste, compared to The Original and you feel the present of the wood influence, though it is very well integrated.   

Glenmorangie. Quinta Ruban. 
Port Cask Finish
Non Chill-Filtered
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Glenmorangie
Region: Highland
Age: 12 Years
Proof/ABV: 46%
Cask: American White Oak & Ruby Port Casks
DK Price: $75/500dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 87/100

Just took a walk with our dog and now ready for the Quinta Ruban, which I have to admit I got a soft spot for. Like the rest of the core range Glenmorangie family, it's nice to see an age statement. That kind of hard to find these days. By the way, I'm not a fan of these bald, wide open whisky glass, but if you own a Glenmorangie glass, and are drinking Glenmorangie, you are kind of obligated to drink out of it, aren't you?

The nose is corn, raw oak, black berries and port wine.

The taste is bald with sweet raisins, orange marmalade and the black berries again.

The finish is long and fruity sweet and black peppery hot.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is defiantly my favorite of the bunch. It is more full bodied and with its 46% throws a harder punch. Witch I happens to like. Again the wood influence is more present and upfront, but kind of untamed and not quite as balanced as the Lasanta.  I’m normally a sherry cask fanboy, so it came as a surprise, that it was the Port cask finish, that won the race.