“Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 wonderfully demonstrates how we can bring our most extraordinary dreams to life. The oldest whisky we have ever aged in our bespoke casks, its fresh, floral aromas and luxuriously creamy tastes are gloriously enhanced by age,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, who was also named the 2019 Master Distiller of the Year with the highest-scoring single malt whisky of the International Whisky Competition. “A delicious step on from Glenmorangie Astar, this limited edition will be adored by whisky lovers old and new.”
The release is limited to 10,000 bottles and will join five other limited-edition whiskies in the Bond House No 1 Collection. The vintage series, which is named after the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses, is reserved for its most prized whiskies. For generations, Warehouse No 1 was home to casks of maturing spirit until it was transformed into a majestic new still house in 1990. Today, Bonded Warehouse No. 1 is the heart of the distillery’s whisky creation and home to the tallest stills in Scotland.
Tasting notes from Glenmorangie
Color: Bright sunburst gold
Nose: Fresh, floral and perfumed, with hints of roses, carnations, jasmine and a curious herbal note like coriander. Luscious mandarin orange and pear follow, with a beautiful candy sweetness, reminiscent of mixed fruit jellies. A splash of water releases even more floral notes of carnation and geranium, along with some soft, buttery vanilla.
Taste: A zesty, citrus mouthfeel leads into a powerful burst of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, kept under control by the thread of soft, sweet vanilla and fudge. The finesse for a whisky of this age is quite remarkable, with gentle spices, such as ginger and sweet chilli and subtle oaky notes.
Finish: Delicate and dancing with almonds, pear and cake mix.