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April 8, 2022


Glenmorangie, contains an Ukrainian


Two partly undisclosed unbiased ones (underneath the identify Westport) together with an Ukrainian, plus one pretty latest official that had flown underneath our radars when it got here out. Maybe begin with the latter, appropriately ‘lighter’ in type.

Odessa ->

Glenmorangie 'Allta' (51,2%, OB, Private Edition, 2019)

Glenmorangie ‘Allta’ (51,2%, OB, Non-public Version, 2019) Three stars

Some younger Glenmorangie that fermented due to some wild yeast as an alternative of distiller’s and even brewer’s, allta which means wild in Gaelic. Not too positive whether or not that wild yeast had nonetheless been cultivated regionally, or if it was simply flying round, or if it had colonised the partitions and/or the barley and so forth. Tough issues as stronger yeasts are mentioned to simply eradicate weaker ones; not too positive, fermentation is an entire world. Color: straw. Nostril: fairly acetic, varnishy, extraordinarily grassy, with some whiffs of the greenest leaves and stalks, then a contact of cologne. With water: will get very chalky, with a little bit custard, within the type of a petit Chablis. Mouth (neat): fruity, tart, peppery, grassy, feeling tough and really younger. Biting into some lemons and the greenest inexperienced apples. With water: lemon squash, fizzy lemon candies, and cider apples. The type of apple you’d usually not eat ‘like that’. End: medium, with extra lemon peel, bell pepper, Seville oranges, cider apples, but additionally extra of Glenmorangie’s trademark softness, with some custard and orange sherbet within the aftertaste… Feedback: definitely excellent however I might consider these experiments with yeasts would present higher both as a newmake, or as some well-matured 15 or 20.

SGP:361 – 82 factors.

Westport 1996/2019 (50%, Berry Bros for Scyfion Choice, Bashta charred cask finish, 77 bottles)

Westport 1996/2019 (50%, Berry Bros for Scyfion Selection, Bashta charred cask end, 77 bottles) Four stars

A Ukrainian bottling! No must say that these imply lots to us. I deeply hope that our whisky mates will undergo this insanity unhurt and that their family and personal mates shall be protected. Additionally that they may then construct dozens of whisky distilleries, I am positive the free world will grant them large assist. As for Bashta, I have not tried any however evidently it’s some desert wine from Odessa (Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea!) It’s made out of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot, however evidently it is a white wine, so presumably completed with none maceration. To a free Ukraine! Color: deep gold. Nostril: beautiful, with some contemporary squeezed pink grapefruits at first, then rounder raisin-like notes, dried apricots, quince jelly, numerous white chocolate (these giant white Toblerone bars) and dried lichis and jujubes. There was a contact of sulphur for a tiny second however that simply went away after solely three seconds. With water: a little bit cigarette tobacco. I do not know of any Ukrainian manufacturers however these positive do exist! So, Ukrainian blond cigarettes… Mouth (neat): an surprising stability between every part tart and bitter (peel, lemon, peppers, spices) on the one hand, and simply beeswax, raisins and maraschino then again. With water: extra spices, in all probability from the wine process, however these would reasonably rotate round pink pepper, Szechuan, Timut and all. Proper, not precisely pepper… End: medium, extra on marmalades and certainly, Szechuan pepper. Feedback: this labored superbly, Glenmorangie’s smooth and simple type goes fairly properly with wine finishes. And I will be certain that to supply some candy Bashta wine. 100 emotional factors right here. Go Ukraine!

SGP:651 – 87 factors.

Westport 24 yo 1997/2021 (50.1%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 176 bottles)

Westport 24 yo 1997/2021 (50.1%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 176 bottles) Four stars

I’ve heard some younger good friend inform that this was a ‘teaspooned’ Glenmorangie, which means that they might have added small portions of some malts from one other Distillery that is additionally owned by the corporate. Nicely, that will be Ardbeg then, and that ought to really feel. LOL, as we used to say when the Web was nonetheless only a chatterbox. By the best way, good enjoyable with the giraffes and their ‘lengthy necks’ on the label. In the event that they ever put a honey badger, that’ll be a Dornoch then. Ha. Color: white wine. Nostril: some similarities with the Allta at first, particularly this sense of tart inexperienced and white fruits. That would come with the invincible inexperienced trio (gooseberry, kiwi, rhubarb) whereas it might then grow to be Chablis-like even with none water. Chalk, limestone, honeysuckle, contact of fennel. Very ‘pure’. With water: simply extra of all that. Chalky dough and apples with hints of aniseed. Proper, fennel. Mouth (neat): completely wonderful, pungent, tart, blade-y, just a bit scorching and eau-de-vie-ish. I might have by no means mentioned twenty-four years. Baggage of apples of many varieties. With water: retains swimming inside its lane. Chalk, inexperienced apples, aniseed. End: reasonably lengthy, a little bit greener. Lime and porridge. Fennel, aniseed and caraway within the aftertaste (as touches). Feedback: these bare ‘mixing’ Glenmorangies are reasonably unusual. A few of them are a little bit pointless, however this one is a really tremendous instance.

SGP:461 – 87 factors.







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