Glenmorangie Original is a Scottish whisky and my go-to friend. You know the person you can rely on and help you through those tough times in life. They may not be the best looking or the smartest one in the crowd. But you know they’ll be there for you when you need them to most.

Well Glenmorangie, The Original, is my go-to scotch. Being a scotch enthusiast can be hard work! Sometimes all the choices and changes in the quickly evolving world of whisky overwhelms you.

It’s those days I reach for my Glenmorangie.  The youngest whisky in the blendis at least 10 years old. however, it is my understanding that about 30-35% of the malt comes from their premium Artisan Cask line, which bears an age statement of 15 years.

This is a good whisky. It’s soft hint of vanilla mingles with the scent of citrus and ripening peaches. A burst of flowery fruitiness ripples across the palate followed by a clean finish with hints of orange.

It’s no wonder that Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible rated it at a 94 for nine consecutive years!

Glenmorangie Original

Producer: Glenmorangie Distillery

Origin: highlands, Scotland

ABV: 43.0%

Price Range: $$

Age: 10

Award: San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; Wine Enthusiast 2004 (85-89) 2011 (90)


Tasting Notes —

Color: Bright pale gold

Nose: The scent of citrus and ripening peaches with the soft aroma of vanilla.

Palette: First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness.

Finish: About a minute after tasting, you are left with a clean and salving aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.


Price Guide:

$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$   = $80 – 100
$$$     = $50 – 80
$$       = $30 – 50
$          = Less than $30

Further Ratings & Reviews

There are many websites and blogs that do an excellent job of reviewing and rating whiskies. As mentioned above The Whiskybits Composite Score is based on an average of at least three reviews conducted by industry leaders. The reviews sites normally referenced include The LA Whisk(e)y Society, The Whisky Reviewer, Proof 66, The Whisky Advocate and The Whisky Jug.