Glenmorangie Astar Returns!

Glenmorangie Distillery

After an absence of almost a decade, Glenmorangie Astar has returned! I remember the first time I tasted Astar, way back in 2008 not long after it was launched. I’d tasted the Glenmorangie 10yo Original and thought Astar (Gaelic for ‘journey’) was the Original on steroids. Genetically identical, but hit with a huge blast of gamma radiation à la Bruce Banner and The Incredible Hulk.

Glenmorangie Original vs Glenmorangie Astar. Sort of.

Sadly, it was discontinued due to a lack of the very specific casks Dr. Bill Lumsden, who is Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, used to create Astar. And when you seriously think about the casks, it’s no wonder Glenmorangie weren’t able to keep up with demand. *Takes a deep breath* These casks were produced from slow growth, tight grain, highly porous American oak which grew on the north facing slopes of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, which were then air dried for approximately two years, lightly toasted and heavily charred, and used to mature bourbon for four years before being shipped to Scotland.

Speaking about the return of Astar, Dr Bill said, “At Glenmorangie we are always searching for perfection – and Astar’s first release, entirely matured in our designer casks, was a momentous step on our journey. I’m delighted to be able to share the 2017 release with more single malt lovers – and to celebrate with them the whisky’s wonderfully creamy, spicy aromas and silky tastes of soft fruit smothered with vanilla custard.”

I, for one, am thrilled it’s back and I could barely contain myself as I poured dram of the 2017 release.

Glenmorangie Astar
2017 Edition
Non-chill filtered
52.5% ABV
£73.95 here

Nose: Candyfloss, pink wafers, lemon drizzle cake, icing sugar, Rice Krispie cakes, vanilla sponge, white pepper, runny honey, and peaches in syrup. Bursting with aromas!

Palate: Creamy vanilla initially with a slight floral note and oodles of lemon sherbet and root ginger. Then there’s Dolly Mixtures, marzipan, faint praline and juicy fruit chewing gum.

Finish: Quite long and slightly drying with vanilla pods and sweet oak.

Overall: Yes. Yes. Yes. It’s every bit as good as I remember. I’d love to try the 2008 edition alongside the 2017 edition to see the similarities and differences between the two… but that’s just me being greedy. This is a big dram packed with creamy, juicy, citrusy, fruity flavours. Welcome back, old friend.


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