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Glenmorangie Spìos

Overall rating
82.80/100
votes
76
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

€ 90.57

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Finish
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Taste
20
Finish
21
Balance
20

Tastingtags

15 Notes

ValeronDeportivo
Expert Senior ValeronDeportivo Note
01 Feb 2018 7:10 am
ValeronDeportivo gave this whisky 84 points

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.

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
22 Feb 2018 9:44 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[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...

Weighted Rate
85.1
Nose
83
Initial taste
85
Body
87
Finish
84
Price
84
Presentation
89
There is no accounting for taste...
Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
21 Apr 2018 6:11 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Quite soft and floral. Not giving much up here. Light vanilla. Light wood. Hints of cloves of brown sugar. A little orange liqueur.

Taste

Spicy here. There's a weird note that reminds me a lot of unmashed rye. This leads into a bitter grainy note with some cinnamon and woody vanilla as well as some rye spice and a little craft glue.

Finish

Long. Quite impressive. Very drawn out and sublime spice notes here, mainly cloves and sandalwood along with some generic rye spice and dried citrus.

Comments

The nose and palate on this were kind of withdrawn and unimpressive, but the finish... wow. Long and full of beautifully integrated notes. As a whole though I'm glad I didn't get a bottle. I think the muted nose and palate could be remedied by bottling at a higher ABV, but that might accentuate the bitter grainy notes which might be unpleasant.

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Marko_I
Connoisseur Marko_I Tasting note
20 Apr 2018 9:51 pm
Color
Amber
Nose

erst leichte Minzfrische, dann gemütlich süß, weich, rund - Orange, Dosenpfirsich, Honig, Toffee, weicher Keks, alles zusammen gut durch die Moulinette, die Noten sind schwer zu trennen, dazu ein Hauch Zimt-Ingwer-Zwischending

Taste

hui, da hätte ich jetzt was seeeehr geschmeidig-süffiges erwartet, da versteckt sich auch cremige Süße im Hintergrund (Karamell, Milchschokolade, Trinkkakao), aber im primär ist er würzig-scharf, Pfeffer, Gewürznelke (wie draufgebissen), Lorbeer, und je nach Mundfüllung und Verweildauer holzig-bitter bis hin zu unangenehm; den cremig-süßen Teil kann ich nicht so recht genießen, der Rest stört eher, als dass er bereichert

Finish

kurz Weinbrand/Bitterschokolade, dann lange warm, scharf, trocken

Comments

Geruch OK, Abgang auch nicht unangenehm, aber im Mund macht er mir keinen Spaß, würde er auch für 30€ nicht, da brauch ich über die 90 gar nicht erst nachzudenken.

"Every question I answer will only lead to another question", 'Mother', Lost S06E15
Max70
Expert Senior Max70 Review note
17 Apr 2018 1:04 pm
Max70 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.2
Nose
81
Initial taste
83
Body
87
Finish
79
Price
80
Presentation
82
wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Tasting note
12 Apr 2018 4:35 pm
wisekycourse gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

des épices,du malt,une sensation d'amertume,de sécheresse.

Taste

c'est assez fort en bouche côté alcool,une sensation herbeuse ,vanillée,avec peu de fruits,plus sur les coques,le noyau  desséché.

Finish

courte à moyenne sur les mêmes senteurs,et le côté amer revient.

Comments

un dram qui surprend par un manque de douceur habituellement présent chez les Glen,une expérience qui ne me laissera pas de grand souvenir!

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Bosi
Specialist Bosi Tasting note
10 Apr 2018 9:42 pm
Bosi gave this whisky 76 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Puh, das riecht nach Umkleidekabine in einer alten Turnhalle. Zum Glück ist dieser Duft schnell verflogen. Nun folgen Blutorange, Brotteig, Birne und etwas Zimt.

Taste

Hier ist leider nicht viel los. Die Textur ist dünn und der Whisky schmeckt nach Stachelbeere, Tee, und der Süße von Sirup.

Finish

Der Abgang ist kurz mit einer gewissen Würzigkeit, die ich schon früher von einer Rye-Fassreifung erwartet hätte.

Comments

Leider passt der Spìos in die Liste der Private Edition Abfüllungen. Diese werden nämlich immer schlechter (nehmen wir mal den letztjährigen Baccalta raus). Gerade im Geschmack und Abgang viel zu nichtssagend und beliebig. Sorry, aber 85€ ist das nicht wert.

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Dominik
Member Senior Dominik Tasting note
09 Apr 2018 10:36 pm
Dominik gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Interesting start with fir needles, herbs and floral notes, liquorice and mint. Sweeter after the first sip, with vanilla and roasted almonds.

Taste

Warming caramel sweetness at first, but it quickly gets more spicy with cinnamon and even pepper.

Finish

Long-lasting fresh mint and toffee.

Comments

I quite like this whisky. It's more spicy than expected but well-balanced with sweeter notes. The Spìos benefits from letting it breath a little while before drinking.

whiskycu
Expert Senior whiskycu Note
26 Mar 2018 10:32 am
whiskycu gave this whisky 76 points

Everything is a matter of taste. I do not understand an opinion saying this is well done, but not my style. Either you like it and you appreciate the taste of a whisky subjectively or you do not. This whisky does not taste well in my humble subjective opinion. As a consequence, I do not like the whisky and rate it accordingly.  Other people may like its taste and rate it higher, fine. If you do not like its taste and rate it high then it is let‘s say strange. Possibly you want to boost your expertise or you lost it.


Let's add a remark and leave the rest to the marketeers: There will be no tasting notes from me for this whisky and no comment describing it as "interesting". I would certainly never pay EUR 90 or GB 85 for this whisky, probably not even CAN$20 for comparison. I tried only a 6 cl sample and managed to finish 3 cl, not without pressure. The remaining 3 cl did not find a way into my storage room. Believe me I do not want to drink it without "coke and press". On the other hand, I still have samples of most of the whiskies I tried before including 6 cl samples.  So, not for a rare occasion, never again for me. 

sengjc
Expert Senior sengjc Note
25 Mar 2018 9:13 am
sengjc gave this whisky 86 points

Like wine, I find that this really opens up with time in the glass. The nose is much improved as does the palate.


I was sceptical at first but found it to be rather enjoyable bottling.

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