Glenmorangie Spìos

Overall rating
83.26/100
votes
246
Whiskybase ID
WB106988
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Bottled
10.11.2017
Casktype
American Ex-Rye Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L68869; L68868; L68867 10/11/2017 17010872
Barcode
5010494941555
Added on
31 jan 2018 8:58 am by TheWhiskyDungeon
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 96.13

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Whisky reviews for Glenmorangie Spìos

44 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.26 points.

  1. Sajmon scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Awesome whisky with unique aroma
    • Nose
      88 88
      floral, interesting smell, herbal spices, ginger
    • Taste
      92 92
      Spice, pepper, hints of vanilla
    • Finish
      89 89
      Average lenght, dry, spicy

  2. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: winter melon, pattypan, yellow beetroot, spearmint
    Palate: currants, glace cherry, fruit cocktail,
    Finish: cinnamon, anise and studded clementines, dried pears

    With water
    Nose: glace orange, bisongrass
    Palate: cinchona, and brandy snaps
    Finish: fortune cookies and cassia bark

    Tasted as part of Wings and Whisky: High Rollers

  3. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    - a special bottling by Glenmorangie, which is also in the
    Do something "special".
    - quite atypical character for a Glenmorangie
    - very intense, spicy and "edgy"
    - but apart from the peculiarity, he is very
    one-dimensional and little complex
    - ok for about 70 € if the focus is on the "special" and you want to have it in a Glenmorangie selection at home, otherwise definitely much too expensive in terms of taste
    • Nose
      fresh, very floral, lavender, has a very special smell
    • Taste
      strong, very spicy start, very powerful in character, the concise rye note can be clearly tasted
    • Finish
      medium-long, strong, spicy finish;
      long dry aftertaste

  5. KB201 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The 9th bottling from the Private Edition by Glenmorangie is characterized by American rye whisky. Inspired by the golden whisky era, when herbs and spices pervaded the saloons, ex-rye barrels from the heart of Kentucky were first used to mature the malt.
    • Nose
      Soft and mild, vanilla and herbal spices in the background, delicate cherry fruitiness.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rye-spicy with a transition to a clear mocha note.
    • Finish
      Medium length; spicy, slightly dry.

  6. Roland7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very slim and elegant! Damp bun, dough, mash, kvass, pickle, green plant stem, raspberry leaf, nettle, green tea, tarragon, chewing gum, marmalade, lollipop, kiwi, oroblanco citrus, lime, sea buckthorn, pear, honey, white wine (pinot grigio), milk chocolate.

  7. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  8. fnk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, not alcoholic, a good option for drinking, somehow not particularly affected, but also has no disadvantages ..

  9. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Solid, clearly palatable experiment, little to complain about, no clear mistakes in it, just a little too harmless to really arouse a lot of emotions.
    • Nose
      Pine nuts and needles, resin, very gentle white wine vinegar, chamomile, could indeed be a more sedate, sweeter rye, some baking spices such as in 1776 rye, clove, anise, vanilla, thyme, a hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      Light herbal honey and resin, clove, nutmeg, rye bread with honey, soft green apple, cinnamon, pine nuts, a little olive and salt, cereals
    • Finish
      Green apple, lemongrass, lemon peel, camphor, ginger without the heat, short to medium long

  10. 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.

  11. VanOpek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  12. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • 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 ...

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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

  16. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A special bottling from Glenmorangie, which is indeed something "special". Not necessarily a particularly good taste but definitely a very special, untypical character for a Glenmorangie. Not fruity and soft, but angular and strong.

    [Color] gold (NKG)

    [Nose] fresh, very floral, lavender, has a very special scent

    [Taste] strong, very spicy appearance, very powerful in character, the distinctive rye note can be tasted clearly

    [Finish] medium-long, strong, spicy finish; long dry aftertaste

    [Price / performance] for 70 € ok if you put the emphasis on the "special", taste too expensive, there are better GM for 20 -30 € less (eg Quinta Ruban)

  17. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice and sweet, nice rye influence, pleasent dram.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Light, sweet, vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pretty strong, pepper, sweet, vanilla, honey, some orange as well.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Still pretty strong, sweet, vanilla, light, middle long

  18. The Prophet scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Wonderfully fruity nose. Layers of honey, cereal and pale fruit with a hint of marzipan.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Hits firmly on marzipan and winey notes. Opens up well
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium to long finish, slightly metallic. Something close to a Craigellachie.

  19. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  20. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose is oak, banana, and white fruit. Palate is rye spice, oak, honey, and mint. Finish is long and spicy.

    Decent, but not the best Glenmorangie around.

  21. 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.

  22. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  23. Sandman scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

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

  24. 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

  25. ARDBERG scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  27. 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. 

  28. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  29. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    a very good nose fruity, grassy, pleasant, then disappointment with a return spicy, bitter (a catch of 4 spices directly to the nostrils!), in fact, the sensation of the nose fades and hides the fruitiness so much hoped (on lemon then raspberries and blackberries!)

    really denotes, but to taste!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. Falnor scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    I expected far more from this kind of bottle because of the price. The concept of cask is nice, but the outcome is too simple.
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      76 76

  31. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    An unusual Glenmorangie character. Surprisingly  the finish is probably the best part.
    • Nose
      Floral. Vanilla, orange peel, honey and milk caramel. Touch of grain and cereal.
    • Taste
      Spicy and bittersweet. Hard grainy notes. Vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy with citruses.

  33. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  34. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Odor OK, finish not unpleasant, but in the mouth he makes me no fun, he would not synonymous for 30 ¬, because I do not need to think about the 90 first.
    • Nose
      first light mint, then comfortably sweet, soft, round - orange, canned peach, honey, toffee, soft biscuit, all together well through the Moulinette, the notes are difficult to separate, plus a hint of cinnamon-ginger-Zwischending
    • Taste
      hui, I would now have expected something very supple-süffiges, there hidden also creamy sweetness in the background (caramel, milk chocolate, drinking cocoa), but in the primary it is spicy-hot, pepper, clove (how on top of it), laurel, and ever after mouth filling and duration of stay woody-bitter to unpleasant; I can not really enjoy the creamy-sweet part, the rest disturbs rather than enriches
    • Finish
      short brandy / bitter chocolate, then long warm, hot, dry

  35. Max70 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  36. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    a dram that surprises with a lack of sweetness usually present in the Glen, an experience that will not leave me much memory!
    • Nose
      spices, malt, a feeling of bitterness, drought.
    • Taste
      it is quite strong in the mouth on the alcohol side, a grassy sensation, vanilla, with few fruits, more on the hulls, the dried up core.
    • Finish
      short to medium on the same scents, and the bitter side comes back.

  37. Bosi scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    Unfortunately, the Spìos fits into the list of Private Edition bottlings. These are getting worse and worse (let's get out last year's Baccalta). Especially in the taste and finish much too meaningless and arbitrary. Sorry, but 85 € is not worth it.
    • Nose
      Phew, that smells like dressing room in an old gym. Luckily, this fragrance quickly disappeared. Now follow blood orange, bread dough, pear and some cinnamon.
    • Taste
      There is not much going on here. The texture is thin and the whisky tastes of gooseberry, tea, and the sweetness of syrup.
    • Finish
      The finish is short with a certain spiciness that I would have expected earlier from a Rye Fassreifung.

  38. Dominik scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  39. whiskycu scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    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. 

  40. sengjc scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  41. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet, bright fruits, honey,
    Taste: honey, peach, slightly spicy,
    Finish: relatively short, fast away
    Summary: pleasant summer whisky, for 30-40 € fine, but not for 90 €

  43. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glenmorangie Spios is much more subtle than I was expecting, bringing the spices that you’d expect to find in a well-made rye whisky, but marrying them highly effectively with the distillery’s spirit character. At times you’d think you were sipping a slightly spicier version of the 10 year old - the underlying distillery character comes through incredibly strongly here. All this makes for a solid and tasty whisky, but perhaps one I was expecting a little more from – whilst balance and subtlety are to be commended, to my palate this new Private Edition seem like a somewhat restrained spin on Glenmorangie Original 10 year old. If that’s what you’re after, by all means seek out a bottle, it’s tasty. But, if you’re looking for something a touch more radical, previous Private Editions have delivered more drastic and sweeping results

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glenmorangie/glenmorangie-spios/
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity, herbal and spiced. The Glenmorangie house style is unmistakable to begin with – toffee, custard, baking sugar, Seville oranges and stewed apricots. These sit with some underlying herbalness – mint and leafy hedgerows. The spice influence makes itself felt immediately – nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon – all very well connected to the core distillery aromas. Resting adds some raspberries and rhubarb into the mix (rhubarb and custard is a lovely thing), as well as some dustiness to the spices.
    • Taste
      Rich arrival that delivers spice immediately – cinnamon, cloves, star anise and pepper – a little prickly and sharp. Then, we’re back in to a more fruit-driven format – rhubarb, peaches, raspberries – all still wrapped up in creamy toffee and vanilla custards. There’s some bakery flavour here – flans, pies and tarts, these sit well with both the fruit and the spice, evoking freshly made spiced pastries. 
    • Finish
      Short to medium and delivering vanilla flavoured toffee, dusty oak and snappy pepper and cinnamon.

  44. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. 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.

  46. SimpleSample scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    difficult ... plv not ok ... but a good whisky
    • Nose
      sweet ... malty ... bright fruits ... spice ... something strawy ...
    • Taste
      sweet ... seasoning ... bright fruits again .. maybe in the peach direction with a touch of honey
    • Finish
      pleasantly warm. nice finish

  47. 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.

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