Westport is the name of independently bottled Glenmorangies. These are only filled as teaspooned blends. I have a special connection to Glenmorangie, but always miss a higher alcohol strength in the standard bottlings. Bottling from Wilson & Morgen makes it clear very quickly that this is anything but a tame and reserved Highland Malt.
The influence of the Marsala barrel is already noticeable when the bottle is opened. Sweet wine notes go straight to the nose, paired with an alternation of sweet and sour red fruits. The alcohol is very noticeable. In the background there is a nice sweetness of prunes and oak and a hint of vanilla.
First impression is a lot of sweetness, again the red fruits and the prunes. A sour touch is included. In contrast to the nose, the alcohol is very well integrated. It pushes well, but the almost 60% are by no means uncomfortable. The oak influence is noticeable. It gets dry on the tongue and spices create a peppery heat.
The finish is very warm and long thanks to the spiciness. Salivation does not seem to stop. There are subtle bitter notes on the tongue. The oak notes last very long.
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