#405 • Glenmorangie Duthac

43% alc./vol.
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Highlands, Scotland.

A small detour at Glenmorangie this week because there is some time Québec Whisky were fortunate to find this traffic jam and to share it with the members of the club.

This very special Glenmorangie was originally designed for the duty-free market, but as many of these bottles, was eventually made available to the general public, to our delight. This single malt was named in honor of St. Duthac, the remains of the latter resting in the center of the Royal Village of Tain. The whiskey has been refined in an amalgam of Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and new oak barrels. It also carries an alcohol content of 43%, which contrasts with the usual 46% of the special editions of this distillery.

As the captain, engineer and politician so aptly put it Ramon Magasaysay (1907-1957), 7e President of the Philippines:

If Dracula can not see his reflection in the mirror, how does he always look so good?

Fat legs falling in an amber bath and fully orange.

Nose:
Barley, honey and orange peel, all strongly adapted to the classic nose of the distillery, especially its cask finishes. Walnut touch.

Taste:
Oily and silky texture. Rather sweet for a special Glemno. Honey, toffee, spices, pink pepper, vanilla and crème brûlée. Touch of white chocolate.

Finish:
Lacks a bit of length and character. Vanilla, pepper and milk chocolate.

Balance:
Still solid for a dut-free edition, but the price in general of this type of traffic jam I see myself untied loops my purse for that. At 46% maybe?

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#238 • Glenmorangie Companta

46% alc./vol.
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Highlands, Scotland.

Another of my favorites Whiskeys of the World Expo du San Pedro Square Market in San Jose, for which I had no choice but to bring a bottle back to the country, was the last private special edition of Glenmorangie, the Companta 1992.

Fifth traffic jam from the annual series called Private EditionCompanta is the Gaelic expression for "friendship" (one can easily distinguish the roots of the word "company" or "companion"). Although it does not mention age, it would be according to some speculators a malt of 14 or 15 years, distilled in 1999.

Since the distillery has always been fond of special ripening, the Companta has been ripened in red wine barrels, including Grand Cru from Clos de Tart and those of a sweet natural wine of Côtes du Rhône.

As the writer, poet, philologist and English university professor so aptly put it John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known by his initials and for his Middle Earth (1892-1973) so aptly put it:

The sacred knots of true friendship are formed much more easily under a humble roof and in the huts of the shepherds than in the palaces of kings.

More foolish than some Glenmos, including the Signet, but still red-haired.

Nose:
Strong presence of sherry, but the wine does not take long to be seen, even feel. Malt and vanilla.

Taste:
Very light and fruity. Beautiful wave of sweet heat and spices. Delicate and enveloping, like a beautiful blanket around the fire.

Finish:
Smoked malt pepper with a surge of wine and sherry.

Balance:
Sweetness and balance personified. A great drama that this is only a limited edition. At the half price of the Signet, if you manage to get your hands on it, you make a good deal.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★