Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old is a quintessential whisky in the development of any aspiring whisky fan. It’s a well priced entry level 10 year old that is matured in a mix of first-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels from one of the biggest distilleries in Scotland, so in theory this should give great insight into the foundations of Glenmorangie. Is the foundation as solid as the brand image?
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old
Category: Single Malt
Mashibill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Ex-Bourbon Matured
Review & Tasting Notes – Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old
Nose: Heavy cereal front followed by vanilla, honey, light orange and green apple. Unfortunate notes of rubbing alcohol are present until some toasted almond saves the day.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Thin-bodied, some tannic elements present but no alcoholic sharpness. I could see people calling it “easy-drinking” or “smooth”, but I find it unsatisfying.
Palate: Starts with honey, malt, oak and some alcohol bitterness. Not as much fruit as I was expecting from the nose. The palate is almost floral with some very light smoke at the end (toasted almonds). It feels like this whisky never builds on it’s foundation.
Finish: Medium finish that brings forward malt,oak and that alcohol bitterness again. There’s a late hit of vanilla and ends with some pleasant warmth.
With Water: The addition of water brings forward more floral and orange notes. It’s more pleasant on the note but the balance on the mouthfeel and palate make this dram extremely dull.
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old is not a whisky that I enjoy. There is a persistent bitterness on the palate and rubbing alcohol on the nose that I can’t get past. While I can see that the nose has some honey, fruit and floral elements that are enjoyable, there are too many drawbacks for me to want to have a second.
Many will likely disagree with my opinion, especially when taking price into consideration, but there are far better whiskies available for a similar price including Glenmorangie’s own cask finishes that build upon the foundation of the Original by literally taking this whisky and finishing it in sherry (Lasanta), port (Quinta Ruban) and Sauternes (Nectar D’Or) for 2 additional years. It’s worth the additional $10-20.
I’m sorry but there is little that I enjoy about this dram.