Fortunately for us we had a reserved tour with a special guide. That tour guide was not there that day though. So we settled for a lady who did something else and was not accustomed to tours.
This place packed in people and put out some whisky! They had 12 stainless steel washbacks. Glenmorangie’s production is huge. See this site for pics of washbacks:
We had all tasted Glenmorangie expressions before. Myra’s collection has/had some fine bottles with even a few we will never get to taste again. I was excited to try the Finealta and Ealanta.
*10 year Original 40%ABV
-smelled like an orange scone
-tasted bitter oak – not sweet
-with water the sweetness is diminished
-tasted strongly of oak with a tinge of sweet
-water ruined it!
*Astar No Age Statement 57.1% ABV
-smelled slightly medicinal and sweet
-tasted peppery with almost a doughy start
-with water it smelled like orange/short bread
-tasted sweeter like a dessert then went quickly to pepper
*Finealta No Age Statement 46% ABV
This whisky is a recreation of an expression found in the Glenmorangie archives from 1903.
-smelled mossy sweet like moldy bread
-light scent of citrus
-tasted medicinal, slightly chalky and light wood
-with water smelled the same but fainter with a tinge of chocolate
-tasted doughy, wet
-trailed quickly with a peppery, wood taste
*Elanta No Age Statement 46% ABV American Oak Heavily Charred
-smelled of sweet cream turning quickly into light pine wood
-tasted wood, no sourness, slightly chalky
-sweetness like bread
-with water smelled – raisin bread?/cookie dough(no chocolate)
-tasted very light, sweet cookie dough
-trailed quickly with oak