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Glenmorangie Spìos

Overall rating
82.82/100
votes
114
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Bottled
2018
Casktype
American Ex-Rye Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L68868 10/11/2017 17010872
Barcode
5010494941555
Added on
31 Jan 2018 8:44 am by TheWhiskyDungeon
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 90,12

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Spìos

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.82 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 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.

    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).  It arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals, ashes).  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.  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.

    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
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  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. peatbogger scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    I bought the Bacalta and was duly disappointed.
    This is better, but why not buy a bottle of good genuine rye whisky and save £40-50?
    • Nose
      80 80
      Not much that reminds me of Glenmorangie here.
      Sweet, suggary vanilla, cinnamon, definitely a clear note of rye.
      Not a bad nose, but it sort of falls short in both worlds, not a promissing whisky nose and quite a sad rye.
    • Taste
      75 75
      It's sweet. It's got some spice. There are some rye notes.
      But there's nothing here to defend £70 let alone £90.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The spice is more present in the finish. Same with wood.
      A little dry and a lot too short.

  4. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Orange, caramel, melon, peach, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, rye, little currants and notes of mash (beer).

  6. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    the nose was intense, sweet, and kind of vanilla, but at the same time something new. Taste added spices, some oak and a malty note. Finish was all right, long lasting, warm, spicy. Intersting malt with a nice finish which is rather unusual.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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. 

  10. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

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