The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 has arrived, adding another enticing expression to the Highland distillery’s Grand Vintage Malt series. The range showcases some of the distillery’s finest Whiskies, and the newest offering is certain not to disappoint.
The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 matured for 23 years in American white oak casks made from wood from Missouri’s Ozark mountains. According to the distillery, the casks were “Made to precise specifications and seasoned with select Bourbon to bring them to their best.” Previously, the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy-owned brand used these casks to age Glenmorangie Astar and Glenmorangie Original, but the new Grand Vintage Malt expression is the oldest maturation from them so far.
“Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 wonderfully demonstrates how we can bring our most extraordinary dreams to life. The oldest whisky we have ever aged in our bespoke casks, its fresh, floral aromas and luxuriously creamy tastes are gloriously enhanced by age,” said Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks. “A delicious step on from Glenmorangie Astar, this limited edition will be adored by whisky lovers old and new.”
Bottled at 43% ABV, 10,000 750 ml bottles of the single malt Scotch Whisky will be released. And they won’t come cheap as the price tag will be $825 USD.
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 Official Tasting Notes:
- Color: Bright sunburst gold
- Nose: Fresh, floral and perfumed, with hints of roses, carnations, jasmine and a curious herbal note like coriander. Luscious mandarin orange and pear follow, with a beautiful candy sweetness, reminiscent of mixed fruit jellies. A splash of water releases even more floral notes of carnation and geranium, along with some soft, buttery vanilla.
- Taste: A zesty, citrus mouthfeel leads into a powerful burst of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, kept under control by the thread of soft, sweet vanilla and fudge. The finesse for a whisky of this age is quite remarkable, with gentle spices, such as ginger and sweet chilli and subtle oaky notes.
- Finish: Delicate and dancing with almonds, pear and cake mix.