Glenmorangie 1991 Grand Vintage

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I have something rather special on the blog today – a 26 year old Glenmorangie which has been released as the latest expression in the distillery’s Bond House No. 1 Collection. This latest expression brings together two parcels of stock laid down in 1991, with some whisky being finished in oloroso sherry casks and some being finished in Burgundy wine casks. There’s also a smidgen of fully bourbon matured whisky and virgin oak matured whisky in there too, which to my mind, will either make for a layered, complex dram, or a disjointed, flabby whisky. Given Dr. Bill Lumsden’s track record, I’m thinking (and very much hoping) it’ll be the former.

Commenting on the whisky, Dr. Bill said: “Bringing together two such incongruous whiskies goes somewhat against convention which, in part, is what drew me to the challenge of combining them. The result is a single malt with a rich plum character, deep, mellow aromas and tastes of ripe fruits and milk chocolate. Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991 honours those early pioneers who dedicated themselves to the art of the wood finish in 1991, whose work still guides us today.”

Here we go.

Glenmorangie 1991 Grand Vintage
26 years old
Bond House No.1 Collection 4th Release
7,551 bottles
43% ABV
£595 here

Nose: Very gentle, but very inviting. Honey drizzled on stewed apricots, peaches in boozy syrup, and blood orange jump out first. Then sticky, rich Brownies, some molasses, toasted walnuts and pecans, some cacao nibs, tiramisu and polished antique furniture.

Palate: Immediately fruity – strawberries, raspberry parfait, blackcurrant Chewits, brambles, figs, cherry blossom, poached apples and pears, and stewed rhubarb with some cinnamon. Then some butterscotch, Millionaire’s shortbread, chocolate orange and gentle, drying oak.

Finish: The rich fruits linger, with cherry loaf, sultana cake, faint espresso and gentle baking spices.

Overall: Wow. It’s a real sweetie – lots of fruit coming from those oloroso and Burgundy casks, but not a hint of sulphur or overwhelming tannin which I sometimes find can be the case with whisky matured in red wine casks. Silky, velvety, and extremely moreish. Yes, the price tag raises an eyebrow, but I have no doubt it’ll comfortably sell out before too long. Layered and complex, but very gentle. If there’s one criticism, it’s that it’s almost *too* gentle – I’d love to have tasted this at a higher ABV, and really allowed this whisky to bear its teeth a little. This is a minor gripe though, and overall this is a wonderfully crafted whisky. Just make sure you’ve got your sweet tooth in when you taste it.



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