At heart, this is a lovely and delicate Scotch, from its fresh, lightly floral scent to the lingering creme brulee and hazelnut finish. But its delicacy is buried under a mountain of alcohol. Even with copious amounts of water, it’s remarkably hot. - K.N.
Aroma: Rich in toffee and creme-brulee, drizzled with fresh menthol, warm cinnamon and deep aniseed spices. Mint humbugs and a sweet honey-lemon complexity follows.Taste: Creme-brulee with a burst of mouth-watering pineapple, poached pears and apricots, smothered with vanilla custard.Finish: The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.
In 1999 Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s head of whisky creation, acquired the keys to a limited quantity of Sauternes barriques from the fabled vineyards of Chateau d’Yquem. This gave him an idea; what would happen if the exquisite 18-year-old vintage he had been patiently maturing were to be transferred into these famous barriques? The result of these 10 years of extra maturation is just 1,000 bottles of the oldest and very finest Glenmorangie vintage whisky.
To complement the collaboration between Glenmorangie and Chateau d’Yquem, a partnership between the traditions of whisky creation and viniculture, two renowned designers have been commissioned to encapsulate this story in an object of rare beauty. They are Laurence Brabant and Wouter Scheublin, and they have come together to create a wooden coffret that glides open to reveal a sensual crystal vessel