Glenmorangie: The 10-year-old (43 vol.) is a light gold with yellowy highlights. The nose has a slight spiciness mixed with a flowery sweetness and light toasty notes. The palate has a delicious combination of sweet malty/flowery notes mixed with a slight spiciness and a creamy, buttery flavor. The finish is spicy, slightly salty, and has a lingering creaminess. 79 Recently a 15-year-old (43 vol.) has been added to the Glenmorangie line. Instead of finishing this release in wine casks, a different approach has been taken and the whisky in finished in new American oak barrels (rather than the traditional use oak barrels that have previously held bourbon). It has a more golden color than the 10-year-old, with bright orange highlights. The nose has an immediate oaky presence, seeming much older than its 15 years. There's a dry, dusty quality to the nose, along with hints of salt air and a bit of smoke. The palate is malty sweet, with notes of vanilla and cream as it transforms to a toasty dryness. The finish is long, dry, with notes of oak, spices, and salt. A delicious malt. 83 The 18-year-old bottling (43 vol.) has a slightly darker, fuller gold color with reddish amber highlights. The nose is aromatic, with sherry notes (the release is finished in sherry casks), mixed with oaky, nutty notes. The palate has a creamy, buttery richness balanced by a complex spiciness. The finish is spicy, nutty, a little oaky, and hints of salt. 82 Wood Finishes: Over the past several years Glenmorangie has added a selection of 12-year-olds that have been finished in Sherry, Madeira, and Port wood casks. All are very enjoyable, but I highly recommend the Port Wood Finish. It is quite subtle, but the port adds an amazing smoothness to the whisky. It's a quiet, contemplative dram, perfect for winter evenings by the fire. 84 Glenlivet:For many The Glenlivet was an early, if not the first, encounter with a single malt whisky. Unwittingly, it has become the standard of comparison by which we tend to measure other malts. It isn't a bad standard to hold to. The 12-year-old (40 vol.), light gold, has a light, flowery nose with a slight spiciness and mild oaky notes. Deceptively simple at first, the palate combines a complex array of floral, nutty, and slightly buttery flavors. The finish is long, in a subtle, soothing manner. Delicious. 87 The 18-year-old (43 vol.), has a noticeably darker, medium amber color. The nose becomes more fruity, pear-like. The palate is much more complex, adding a sherry sweetness to the floral notes. The nutty, buttery notes become more focused, more fruity. The finish is long, dry, with surprising sharp acidic notes. A very special malt. 92 Pulteney aka Old Pulteney Distillery Bottlings: A very exquisite 12-year-old bottling is available in the US. The color is amber-gold with a stimulating, spicy nose that hints at sherry, vanilla, oak and salt. The body is slightly thick. The flavor is rich with a raw sugar sweetness, then earthy undertones and pleasant sea salt notes emerge. An unbelievable bargain -- as low as $25.00 in some places. 80
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