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

€ 93.72

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Spìos

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.24 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. 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.

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  7. 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 ..

  8. ColdAesthetics 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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


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