Ex-bourbon and finished in sherry casks
-smelled floral lemony w/fruit
-tasted tinge of rubber w/sweet fruit, almost banana
-w/water smelled very sweet fruit
-tasted a tinge of oak with banana bread
Ex-bourbon, finished in Chateau Montelena casks
-smelled toffee/caramel with wine
-tasted wine and oak
-with water smelled more wine
-tasted wine with slight sweet to oak quickly!
I am not a fan of wine so I can taste it easily and strongly in any expressions finished with that grape stuff. The nose on this whiskey was enticing but the wine ruined it for me.
The wine is a French Oak Zinfandel. The whiskey is finished for twelve months in these casks.
Ex-bourbon, finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily
-smelled like Ardbeg Alligator-charred/peated/briny/tar
-tasted peat, tar and pepper-trailed sweet oak
-with water smelled peat
-tasted cinnamon bread with peat and oak
Considering this is finished in a wine cask, I am surprised how much I enjoyed this whisky. I'm not sure where the peat notes are coming from though.
The director of whisky creation at Glenmorangie, Dr. Bill Lumsden, got the idea for this when it snowed. He wanted to embody the snugness of sitting before a fireplace while the white stuff came down from the sky outside. Smoke and sweet. This was a 2022 annual limited edition expression.
-smelled toasted raisin bread
-tasted bacony. smoky oak
- with water smelled bacon/smoke meat
-tasted sweet bacon with oak.
I would expect nothing less from this oily, smoky expression distillery.