Glenmorangie Spìos

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
American Ex-Rye Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L68869; L68868 10/11/2017 17010872
Added on
31 Jan 2018 8:58 am by TheWhiskyDungeon

Average value

€ 90.85

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Spìos

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.20 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  Another year, another experiment by Dr. Bill.  Some were really good (like the Sonnalta or Artein) while others did not impress me at all (Companta, Bacalta).  I bought this bottle for 80 Euro today.

    This is a very interesting dram with some aromas and flavours that are hard to find in other whiskies.  Nevertheless, it is not a dram I could drink everyday or more than one per evening.  But it is a nice experience, for sure...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows fat sticky tears and slow legs. The nose is very unusual for a Glenmorangie with a slight cheesy aroma (young gouda, so it is not annoying). There are aromas of wild mushrooms, pine needles, salammoniac and many more that make the nose very interesting (but not exactly delicious).
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is very interesting again, sweet barley sugars combine with liquorice and spicy flavours and something that reminds me a little bit of fresh sour dough. I like it better than the nose and it is a somewhat new profile that I never had in any whisky before.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals, ashes). The finish is rather short and more peppery with a bubblegum-ish ending. Water is not needed as it pushes the rather unwanted flavours and aromas only.

  2. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I participated in the live online tasting with Dr. Bill Lumsden presenting Spios.

    Here are a few pieces of information he provided or hinted at:

    The whisky was matured exclusively in ex-rye casks. Full maturation, this is not a finish. The casks arrived at Glenmorangie at around 2008-2009, so the whisky should be 8-9 years old.

    The rye matured in the new american oak casks for 6 years, and it is a 95% rye mash bill - so its likely from the MGP plant in Indiana (you know, where all the 'craft' 'distilleries' source their rye from. Good stuff though!).

    Thes casks were recently refilled at Glenmorangie, lets see what happens with them in the future... there are no other rye casks maturing, and apparently no plans to purchase more.

    As to the whisky itself, I found it quite similar to the regular 10 (tasted next to it), with a layer of extra spices, both sweet and a little hot, and nice mint notes (which fortify my belief the rye is from MGP). Its a nice whisky, that developes well in the glass. Give it time!

    Still, its one of the less 'unique' expressions in the series. I guess those who like wine finishes might be underwhelmed, but for those who didn't like all the wine casks of the past it might be a refreshing take on the classic Glenmorangie style.

  3. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 95.5 points to the Spìos. "Breathtakingly beautiful."

  4. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Apples, spices, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, glacé cherries, floral, grass clipping, rye-bread notes on nose.

    Spices, more pepper, vanilla, honey, vanilla ice cream, sweet fruits, grass, oak cask notes on taste.

    Long finish with spices, pepper, oak cask, vanilla, grass and rye-bread notes.

    It’s a little bit strange, but very interesting whisky. It combines Glenmorangie style with maturation in ex rye whisky barrels. Spios is a most spicy whisky in Glenmorangie product line. 

  5. grinface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The rye cask is definitely noticeable. You have to respect that, a plus compared e.g. to the Allta. However, this will not be my favorite profile. It is special ... too special for me. By the way, the name means “spice” in Gaelic. That fits quite well, I think. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/01/27/glenmorangie-mit-prof-dr-tasting/
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nice fruit notes to start with. There is mainly apple and pear. I also find cider. Cakes with jellied apples and cider. There is also cinnamon and vanilla. After a while: Forest aromas. Needles, soil, maybe mushrooms, too.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Salt, a lot of salt and a little pepper. Above all, it is round and soft. But also bitter and dry. You notice a bit of citrus, the apples are less present. Then there is sourdough also yeast dough. If you keep it in your mouth for a long time there is only bread left.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rather dry. Then some wood first. There is also salt and lemons again. This time also limes. Slightly soapy. You also get the vanilla again. After a long time there is also a lot of bread and some cucumber in the finish.

  6. VanOpek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
      spice, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, mint?, toffee, fresh fruits, vanilla, alcohol
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet, spice, pepper, toffee, oak, ginger, herbal
    • Finish
      79 79
      oak, spice, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, chili, herbal

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      pleasant, aromatic fruity, slightly spicy, hint of liqueur, oak, very beautiful.
    • Taste
      84 84
      slightly spicy, fruity, hint of barrel and coffee, trace of honey, makes a round and spicy impression. Bittersweet in the finish.
    • Finish
      83 83
      slightly spicy with hints of barrel, dark oak, then a hint of sweet and fruity, hints of sour cherries and a hint of chocolate. Interesting and not bad ...

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Calvados, aromas of overripe, fermented apples, wild strawberries, cinnamon and spices. The whole thing is reminiscent of a warm apple peppered with cloves.
    Key: Very soft. Sweetness of white rock candy, granny smith, cinnamon and a slight ginger spiciness and white pepper, the mouthfeel is dry to astringent.
    Finish: short. Light seasoning.

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very unusual barrel maturation - well done, but you don't have to have more than one sample!
    The price is more of a cheek.
    • Nose
      Spices, subtle fruit, pastries, shortcrust pastry;
    • Taste
      pleasantly powerful, fruity, citrus, sour (pear), herbs, spices (vanilla, cinnamon), rye, almonds, nuts, wood, probably quite young;
    • Finish
      good medium length, fine vanilla, spicy finish!

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    to be described as solid at best
    What was the goal of the finish?
    I don't like it either (tried the Bacallta before)
    • Nose
      strong malt, tangy, fresh, light banana gets stronger + more fruits (apple, peach?), light hay, light pastries, light floral, vanilla comes in the background, cereals like breakfast cereal
    • Taste
      very light on the palate
      Straw / hay is the first thing on the palate, wood that has been outside for a long time and slowly accumulates, spiciness, please, tobacco, a note that I assign to the rye, bitter orange (or orange peel)
    • Finish
      medium long
      warm, slightly sweet at the beginning, then there is enormous oak and spiciness


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