It’s harder to sit down, taste a new whisky, take notes and then write a blog about each day, than I thought! I’m a few days behind already, but luckily I’ve been having some special whiskies to help me through.
Trying another highland whisky today – Glenmorangie to be precise. A lot of “serious whisky drinkers” (whatever that means) write this distillery off rather quickly. I do understand why, but they can’t have got to where they are now without producing solid whisky. Today’s Glenmorangie Companta followed the previous Ealanta in their range of experimental releases. It was initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before spending time in Burgundy wine casks and Rhône Valley casks which previously held Rasteau. There was a lot of chatter about this last year, even scooping a top place in Jim Murrays 2014 Whisky Bible (the prices weren’t as crazy as the current Yamazaki Sherry Cask).
The man that made all this possible is the brilliantly funny Jon Webb, or @dvdbloke as many know him. I first met Jon at last years Whisky Live where we spent a good few hours towards the end trying many great That Boutique-y Whisky Company samplings, it was a great day. Since then, we have participated in a few sample swaps and this Glenmorangie cropped up one day, thanks Jon. Go check out Jons reviews at Scotchandscifi.
Glenmorangie Companta (46%)
N: Automatically get those wine notes I was expecting. Orange zest appears followed by strawberries and raspberry infused chocolate. Quite a juicy and penetrating nose with a real thick sweetness. Floral notes with some tropical fruit and spiced pears. There is quite a woody aspect to this nose too, very much old wine barrels. The wiOne really does seem to dominate, at times, it is right on the verge of smelling like whisky. Very elegant though.
P: Very spicy start followed by some sweetness. Feels relatively thick and syrupy. A real zestyness to this, but not in a light and vibrant way. Vanilla, raspberry jam and cherries. Deep, dark chocolate, liquorice and peppered meat. A sense of charred wood or burnt toast. Strong and tannic.
F: long, sugary sweet and slightly woody. Tannins seem to bring out the dryness too. Lingering dark fruits upon a base of notes.
Comments: Loads of wine character here, which some would love, others maybe not so much. The chocolate and spices hold it together somewhat. It verges on too much wine influence, but I have to say that I really like this. I’m a big fan of wine finishes and this one works for me. Although not to everyone’s taste, I would snap it up if it was still available. 89.
Thanks again to Jon for this.