Glenmorangie Spìos

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

Average value

€ 89,19

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Spìos

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.06 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. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A special bottling of Glenmorangie, which is indeed something special. Not necessarily a very good taste but definitely a very unusual character for a Glenmorangie. Not fruity and soft but edgy and strong.

    [Color] gold (NKG)

    [Nose] fresh, very flowery, lavender, has a very special grauchis

    [Taste] strong, very spicy onset, very powerful in character, the distinctive rye note tastes clearly out

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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

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


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