The Glenmorangie Original is their most affordable single malt. Don’t let that statement lead your mind wandering down to the supermarket though – the Glenmorangie Original is a quality single malt that makes a great go-to whisky. It should be noted that this whisky was formerly called the Glenmorangie 10 year old, and I presume the name was changed because 10 years doesn’t sound old enough for some. Who knows.
Aged exclusively in bourbon casks, it has a delicate sweetness that will suit many palates. I think one of the biggest compliments you can give a whisky is that it suits both novice and experienced drinkers, and this statement is true for the Glenmorangie Original. It does enough to please discerning palates, but not too much to put beginners off.
The aroma of this whisky is sweet and fruity and very light. The body is thin to medium and quite creamy.
The flavor is quite sweet with prominent vanilla flavors. As the tasting proceeds, more floral flavors come forth with a mild spiciness. It is not a particularly complex taste and not one that requires a great deal of thought and furious note taking to capture all of its essence.
The finish is the most disappointing aspect of the Glenmorangie Original. It is quite long with malt flavors, but it has a disappointing element of bitterness.
The sweetness of this whisky may put some drinkers off, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable whisky. I wouldn’t quite define it as a summer whisky, but perhaps a spring time one, if that’s not too pretentious. It’s not light enough for a hot day, but not powerful enough for a cold one, and the sweetness certainly cheers you up. Highly recommended as an entry level single malt whisky.
Glenmorangie Original Information
- Type: 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky
- Region: Highland
- ABV: 40%
- Price guide: 25 British Pounds or 45 USD for a 750ml bottle.