#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 lucky enough to find this traffic jam and share it with club members.

This very special Glenmorangie was originally designed for the duty-free market, but like 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 Bourg Royal de Tain. As for the whiskey, it has been refined in an amalgamation of Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks and new oak casks. 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 home a bottle, was Glenmorangie's last private special edition, the Companta 1992.

Fifth traffic jam from the annual series called Private Edition, Companta is the Gaelic expression for "friendship" (one can easily distinguish the roots of the word "company" or "companion"). Although it does not bear any mention of age, according to some speculators it would be a 14 or 15 year old malt, 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 natural sweet wine from Côtes du Rhône.

As the English writer, poet, philologist and university professor said so well 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 nice blanket around the fire.

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

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

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★