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Glenmorangie Ten Years Old Single Malt

We’re blessed in Scotland to walk into any supermarket and face a healthy range of single malts for sale. It’s difficult not to become lost amidst the selection at some of the larger retailers although few options exist when you are looking for more than the standard bottling from a distillery. An example would be the search for 18 year or ever further up the whisky trail, for these you’ll need to jump online or visit a specialist retailer, if you’re unfortunately not living nearby a distillery.

So, what do you do when confronted by the whisky isle? Well, avoid the blends for a starter and place yourself in the single malt selection. Normally perceived to be the domain of those with money, it’s not the case in the major supermarket chains nowadays. The recent Burns celebrations sparked a marvellous price war where you could pick up the delightful Highland Park 12 year old malt for £24; an absolute steal and a great whisky to start with. Spending just a touch more will deliver far more flavour and rewards in the long term!

The whisky I’m focusing on this time is the staple Glenmorangie 10 year old malt with is distinctive golden packaging. Indeed, it is a treasure worth seeking out and for someone searching for a whisky to start their appreciation of the malts; a fine berth. Now an example of the price wars I picked up this little beauty for £20, and that’s the 70cl bottle. This original Glenmorangie also comes in a smaller and larger bottling but I’m a sucker for tradition

The distillery located in Tain is noted nowadays for trying a wide range of finishes and different editions as it spreads out from its original malt. However sometimes the original is the best of the bunch and I’m always satisfied by the ten year release. You can have your sherry finishes and fancy colouring if you please, but here is the iconic Glenmorangie.

Established in 1843 I have some family connections with the distillery and it’s one of several worthwhile destinations if you have the pleasure of visiting Tain and the surrounding area. Balblair for instance is nearby, which is another favourite of mine. And I’ll be continuing my distillery visits in 2012 so watch out for these.

Conclusions

This is a fine, fresh and vibrant malt with a sweet honey and vanilla taste that sparkles on the taste buds with a level of complexity that is beyond it years, and when that’s over with it leaves an approving finish. Satisfaction is guaranteed here and it represents one of the best 10 year editions on the market.  Dram fine!

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    Simon Harrison says:

    Hi Jason, I came across your site by accident and I am enjoying reading your reviews. Having entered the world of single malts about 9 years ago I try to keep a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 year on hand. It is as they say in the US “Best bang for the buck!”. Curious as to what else you would recommend (I am most familiar with Highland or Speyside)?

  2. Jason
    Jason says:

    Hi Simon

    Wow, this is an old article. 2012 so I’ve tided up the formatting and I should in time actually return to the Glenmorangie 10. Thanks, appreciate you’re enjoying what we’re doing and continue to do!

    Just up the road from Glenmorangie is Balblair, I’d recommend exploring that. If you like a little more nuttiness then there’s Teaninich nearby, or if you prefer lots of artificial colouring and the sense of a lost in cask malt then there’s Dalmore. Clynelish of course, but sadly variable nowadays.

    Further afield, Ardmore if you enjoy a touch of peat and the classy Dailuaine. Always time for a bit of sherry with Glenfarclas (17yo for me) and we’re enjoying what Edradour is producing right now.

    Hopefully, that’s enough for starters.

    Cheers, Jason,

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