Glenmorangie 10-year-old

Overall rating
81.21/100
votes
121
Whiskybase ID
WB15255
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st & 2nd Fill American White Oak Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Bottle code
L9
Barcode
5010494560121
Added on
08 apr 2010 7:53 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 43.55

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Whisky reviews for Glenmorangie 10-year-old

21 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.21 points.

  1. Ostap scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    08/11/2013:
    Both taste and aftertaste are empty and alcoholic.
    • Nose
      Honey, floral, sweet, pear and apple jam, paint notes, sour malt, gingerbread. Not complicated and summer scent.
    • Taste
      Sweet with pepper.
    • Finish
      Short, dry, apple-pear.

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  3. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Dear Dirk, dear Josh, thank you very much for the great campaign.

    It works!

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The original Glenmorangie 10, which I rate 84 points in the Tastings Notes from Dirk's (Hs305) "experiment" here, is a tasty, easy to drink and clean whisky.
    What it and almost all other comparable standard bottlings in the price range lack is the complexity of the aromas and the intensity and mouthfeel on the palate.

    After I tried his described creations, Dirk managed a small coup here, from which other whisky lovers can also gain a lot of drinking pleasure and fun, because they can put together their own creations with their own taste preferences.
    The advantage is that you don't have to pay anywhere near 100 euros for an over-finished sherry whisky and you can even put together the profile that you like best with Dirk's method.

    Basically, he may have done pioneering work here by suggesting rough indications for mixing ratios and presenting his idea in the first place. In any case, his first samples all taste very balanced, harmonize wonderfully after just a few days in the glass and give a solid whisky many additional aromas.
    In a blind tasting nobody would notice Dirk's method and the majority of his samples were around 90 points after just a few days in the bottle. And that at about 40 euros for a whole bottle!

    The exciting thing is that you can also add the sherry aromas to an Islay whisky or an Irish whisky in the intensity that suits your personal taste best.
    Of course you can also choose an older whisky or a whisky of a slightly higher quality.
    I think a high-quality sherry is definitely important. It is available from 10-15 euros; World-class sherries with +95 Parker points from 15-20 euros.

    Personally, I liked the sherry profiles of "Amontillado" and "Fino" and each with the Glenmorangie 10 in the samples best, because exciting aromas are added, which harmonize perfectly with the Glenmorangie 10 in both variants, offer OBF, and in the one mentioned Mixing ratio no spectrum superimposed on the other.

    The "Manzanilla" offers super exciting, salty aromas and here the somewhat stronger Glenfiddich 12 can counter the salty aromas of the Manzanilla more. These salty aromas are still a little too powerful in the harmonious but subtly soft Glenmorangie 10.

    I also like the "Palo Cortado" better with the slightly stronger Glenfiddich 12 because of its exciting but very special aromas.

    In Dirk's mixing ratio, the notes of the "PX" come into their own perfectly without covering the whisky. In combination with the Glenmorangie 10, as with the Amontillado, I made a note of a few OBF flavors. Nevertheless, after the past 5 years I don't need any PX whisky - thanks whisky industry! :-)

    Have fun experimenting and PS:
    along the way, you get to know (or even get to know) the delicious world of sherry (again).
    As a whisky lover, that doesn't hurt either.
    • Nose
      Pure Glenmorangie 10:
      A summery yet creamy dessert whisky with light aromas of light fruits, sweet vanilla, some citrus notes in the middle and slightly nutty at the end.
      The nose is round, balanced and harmonious.
    • Taste
      Pure Glenmorangie 10:
      The first attempt is not so weak at first, but then quickly becomes quite thin, although initially sweet, tasty, golden-yellow peach aromas flash up.
    • Finish
      Pure Glenmorangie 10:
      The mouthfeel is nice, initially completely clean. Unfortunately, the finish comes too quickly and little remains on the palate.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 99 points Connoisseur

    [December 2022] Another update: I pimped-up many of the drams which stood on my shelve for a long time without nobody ever touching them twice, and it worked pretty well. The secret is: Just find out what the malt lacks in terms of flavours and add the respective sherry accordingly, e.g.:

    - If the malt is okay, but lacks a profile as such: Use Oloroso sherry and start with a ratio of 1:13.
    - If the malt is powerful, but lacks sweetness: Use PX sherry and start with a ratio of 1:20.
    - If the malt is both balanced and owns an average profile, but lacks complexity or "finesse": Use either Amontillado or Palo Cortado sherry and start with a ratio of 1:15.
    - If the malt is delicate and shy, but lacks complexity or "finesse": Use Fino or Manzanilla and start with a ratio of 1:6 (Fino) or 1:10 (Manzanilla).

    Please remember, the sherry will become stronger after some marriage time in the bottle - but you can adjust anytime by adding more whisky or sherry respectively. So, go for the ratio you like best (on the spot) and adjust later if needed.

    [October 2022] IMPORTANT UPDATE: I re-tasted all the creations of my experiment after four weeks and I am stunned: All the different sherry wines gained a lot of power during the marriage hence all the drams became unbalanced with the sherry clearly dominating. So, the ratios below are perfect if you plan to drink the stuff within one (or two) weeks, but if you want to keep them for longer the ratios have to be reduced substantially. I will prepare a bunch of bottles of several lowered ratios to find out what works best but this will take some time. In the meantime, you can add some more malt anytime to re-establish balance again (tonight it is about 10-15 per cent more Glenmorangie). If you are still interested, stay tuned...

    [September 2022] I bought this bottle for 33 Euro (per litre) in July 2009, and it was bottled on the 324th day of 2008 (bottling hall code L8 324). I scored this dram at 85 points back in 2009 and I rate it 86 points neat tonight - so how can it be my score is way above 90 points? The answer is both simple and tricky...

    ...because I created my own sherried expressions of this dram. I selected this Glenmorangie because it is a flawless, very balanced and easy quaffable dram which just lacks some impressive flavours. The latter any high-quality sherry wine adds within seconds, and it does not need any cask to do this. It is just because of Scottish regulations that they pour the sherry in a cask first as these regulations forbid any additives to Scotch malt whisky accept caramel for colouring purposes. So, the clever Scotsmen pour some bottles of sherry wine into a cask, roll it across the distillery plaza to the warehouses so that the sherry is soaked up by the wood and then they re-rack any whisky that should be converted into a sherry profile into this "wet cask". The effect is almost the same as if you pour the sherry into the whisky in your glass, all you need to know is the ratio of the mix (but this is tricky as the wine overpowers the malt very quickly). I like both sherry wines and subtle malt whiskies, but both lack something the others can provide: Sherry wines lack the power ("Oompf") and subtle whisky lack the impressive flavours ("Wow-effect"), hence a combination of the two seems to be a win-win situation.

    I did some extensive experiments with high-quality but still reasonable priced sherry wines (all about 15-20 Euro per bottle) to find out these "hidden formulas" and here they are (always 1 part of sherry : x parts of whisky):
    - Fino sherry 1:6 (Valdespino "Ynocente" Fino dry sherry from Macharnudo vineyard) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:5
    - Manzanilla sherry 1:11 (Valdespino "Deliciosa" Manzanilla sherry from Sanlúcar de Barrameda) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:10
    - Amontillado sherry 1:14 (Lustau "Los Arcos" Medium dry blend of Amontillado) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:12, with Laphroaig Triple Wood (bottled 2009) it is 1:13
    - Oloroso sherry 1:15 (Primus Inter Pares "El Maestro Sierra" Dry Oloroso 15-years old) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:12
    - Palo Cortado sherry 1:17 (Lustau "Península" Dry Palo Cortado) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:14
    - Pedro Ximenez sherry* 1:22 (Primus Inter Pares "El Maestro Sierra" natural sweet vine) => with Glenfiddich 12-years old the best ratio is 1:19

    The results were astonishing, I really liked all compositions (in their final ratio) because they all offered an old-style sherry profile, and I scored them all above 90 points with the following characteristics:
    - Fino sherry 92 points: elegant and subtle profile, malt and sherry in perfect harmony, not very impressive to sherry monster lovers, interesting to explore
    - Manzanilla sherry 93 points: like Fino but with a little more complexity (additional saltiness), interesting to explore (because this profile is very rare)
    - Amontillado sherry 94 points: the best combo of Fino and Oloroso profiles, both complex and delicious, very impressive to both "flavours seekers" and "harmony drinkers"
    - Oloroso sherry 91 points: standard sour-sweet sherried malt profile, a little boring compared to the others but still great (hey, we are talking about a 90+ points dram!)
    - Palo Cortado sherry 94 points: complex and nicely balanced, full load of flavours, extremely quaffable and interesting to explore (because this profile is very rare)
    - Pedro Ximenez sherry* 92 points: sweet, full-bodied, very rich flavours, malt in a walk-on role only, sherry monster candidate at 1:15 or lower.

    So, I created excellent drams for around 30 Euro per bottle and I am dead-sure that nobody would recognise this "forbidden practice" in a blind setting. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you do not sell such "illegal" stuff, but you can save a hell of money compared to the ridiculous over-priced sherry malts of today which are often of average quality only. So, if you drink just because of the taste and for your pleasure simply try this dirty trick (maybe your preferred ratios are different to mine, but you can find out easily by adding more sherry or whisky respectively).

    PS: By the way, I am absolutely serious about this note - I just set the score to 99 points to draw your attention to it, so please be soft on me for that little cheat (as there are hundreds of other rates for this Glenmo' my cheat will not manipulate the overall score). I am completely aware that pouring sherry into a glass of whisky might be seen as a sacrilege by hardcore malt enthusiasts and I am very sorry about that. But I did not start the fire for ordinary whisky drinkers with these outrageous prices for average-only sherried malts, I just want to inject some extinguishing water into the over-heating whisky boom.

    [October 2022] I checked all the ratios again using precise measures and adjusted them where needed. After some months of marriage these might change again (a little bit) so if you are interested in this experiment stay tuned, I will keep you posted. By the way, according to Scottish law these drams can no longer be called whisky that is why I named them "Whishersky" instead. I do not plan to register a trademark for that name, but I will be very upset if anyone else does it ;-)

    After a lot of extensive experiments here is what works according to my taste buds (as of today):
    - Amontillado sherry (1:12) and Manzanilla sherry (1:10) works with (almost) all whiskies
    - pimp-up delicate and subtle whisky using Fino sherry, e.g., Lowlanders or light Speysiders/Highlanders (start at 1:6)
    - bolder or lightly peated profiles are better improved using Oloroso or Palo Cortado sherry (start at 1:15)
    - use Pedro Ximenez* for very bold profiles only and with care (start at 1:25)
    - the best way to pimp-up heavy peated profiles is using good Cognac (start at 1:5), maybe additional sherry (Manzanilla or Amontillado) can help to enhance the dram further (1:10)

    If you are as curious as I am and you are open to explore new impressions, I strongly recommend playing around a little with such mixtures as this both saves you a hell of money and maybe creates a profile you really like but is not available on the market. So far, my best creation is Laphroaig Triple Wood (2009) at 13 parts, Cognac (high quality) at 3 parts and Amontillado sherry (medium dry) at 1 part. I score this astonishing 94 points for drinking pleasures, and it cost just about 35 Eurobucks per 700ml bottle.

    PS: I will try high-quality Calvados and single cask high-ester rum later, because I can imagine these spirits will work too in certain circumstances. But nothing beyond that, for now (subject to further investigation).

    * Pedro Ximenez sherry is named after a German guy ("Peter Siemens") who invented this method of creating a very sweet sherry, but to be honest: As a German myself I prefer all other types of sherry over this one, not kidding.

  6. VanOpek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      sweet, dessert, milk candy, hazelnut, vanilla, pear, green apple, marzipan, nut cream, complex and deep
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet, dessert, slightly peppery, mild and full-bodied, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of oak, hazelnuts, creamy, rich and rounded
    • Finish
      79 79
      light and pleasant, semi-dry, herbal, medium-long and warm, balanced, simple

  7. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My starter whisky, excellent value for money.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice aroma of furniture wood, vanilla, and gummy bear. Lots of orange and orange peel. Yes the nose is light, but is surely not weak in terms of flavor. Lots of spices and ginger as well.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft, and very fluidy. Lots of citrus, more oranges. Ginger. Rather weak on the palate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very short finish, but it ended very pleasantly. Nothing too special or stand out. Lemon tea and orange peel.

  8. scary scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  10. WhiskymagCZ scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Well balanced scotch indeed.
    • Nose
      Soooo citric, floral and little bit fragnant nose.
    • Taste
      Fresh taste of vanilla change 

      gradually changes to herbs.
    • Finish
      Clearly wax.

  11. Koning scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A pretty aromatic and fruity highlander. Improves with water, despite the low strength.
    • Nose
      Quite aromatic. Fruity (peach, apple and citrus fruits), sweet vanilla, some flowers and a bit perfumy, albeit accompanied by a fresh note of mint and washed clothes.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla with a sharp edge (pepper,alcohol), citrus fruits and peaches, garden herbs (parsley,rosemary,oregano) and a bit of honey
      .
    • Finish
      Wood spice, walnut, sweet vanilla. Fresh citrus fruits and a slighly waxy mouth feel
      .

  12. JHS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. JHS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    overall a very smooth, mellow and mature single malt that is easy to drink and only show's weakness on th palate
    • Nose
      very delicate; slight sweetness; citrus notes; lemon; lime; tangerine; apples; pears; peach; dried fruits in the backround; slight spices; hints of oak; overall a good, complex and mellow nose
    • Taste
      very mild/mellow; sweet barley; slight vanilla; (dryed) fruits; nuts; after some time more exotic flavors like coconut; very smooth and mellow although the lack of %vol is noticable
    • Finish
      oak; spices more dominant; hints of chocolate; sweetness in the backround; (bitter) friuts; hints of coffee; nuts; surprisingly intense and long finish

  14. Dre73 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Friendly, fruity and sweet but not too complex whisky.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  15. Dre73 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and sweet, soft (and friendly) whisky.
    • Nose
      fruity, orange peel, a little flat. Also sweet, honey, spekkies, toffee, capuccino.
    • Taste
      fruity, sweet and soft: orange, citrus, honey, caramel
    • Finish
      medium-long, somewhat dry, somewhat bitter. Also some sweetness.

  16. mer1973 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  17. squaadgras scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  18. Igor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My previous experience with The Original 700 ml was somewhat different as compared to a newer 1 L. The first one was quite good in general, still not as good as was the content of 1 L bottle really. Batches do matter I suppose.
    • Nose
      Ripe apples are in front with tangerines, sweet orange, peach. Leave out fruity components and you've got freshly shaved wood, vanillin, citric acid. It's crumbly, close to lemon wafers, vin blanc (sec), a little sour, white grapes, however sweetens onward - flabby like gelatin now. Apple-/pineapple juice, lemon jelly, lemony lollipop, boiled sweets.
    • Taste
      Some may say delicate, I'd rather call it thin or light. It is delusive lightness though. To me it's similar to triple-distilled lowland style in some way, maintaining on the other hand plenty of pungency, robustness. Sucrose, candied violet/-rose petals, praline, fruit syrup, honey-lemon throat lozenge. Becoming sweeter in the last phase: lollipop again?, crème caramel, banana cream fudge and just a faint trace of salt.
    • Finish
      Cereal grain (malted barley), has got some creaminess to it, nearly custardy, condiment heat, cloves, pepper, punch (drink), zest, aniseed, white oak, maybe a hint of roasted chestnut, citronella oil?, citron.

  19. drkrylov scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland`s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.

    http://www.glenmorangie.com/

  20. drkrylov scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  21. drkrylov scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very distinctive, clean, oaky peatiness. This character is in the background throughout.
    • Taste
      Flowery. Fudgy. Toffeeish. Nutty. Very soft, strained spiciness. Then toasty and peaty.
    • Finish
      Firm, clean (almost crisp), peatiness. Then long, very soft, spicy and remarkably warming.

  22. D&A69 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. granella2003 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  24. granella2003 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, toffee, honey forms the base with hints of ripe juicy fruits such as apples, pears and berries. Tightening and several flavors of almonds, citrus and caramel are also to observe
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy exchanging sweet and spicy off. Ingredients like ginger, nutmeg, caramel, raisins and sugar are clearly over with hints of almonds and cloves.
    • Finish
      Long aftertaste of apple cider, fruit and pepper

  25. granella2003 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    The golden Glenmorangie arouses curiosity, a whisky that has placed the bar high for the competition. Has for at least 10 years aged in American oak from the forests of the Ozark Mountains, Missouri, owned by the distillery itself.

  26. Xstream scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Maybe not the most exciting whisky, but one i enjoy every time. It`s just one of those whisky`s i`ve pretty much always in my collection. Easy and lovely. 

    Apple, pear, orange, pineapple, vanilla, creme brûlée and oak. Spice in the finish.
    Love the spring time fresh and fruity flavor profile. Weak part is the body and maturation. It's still a tad young and unsettled.

  27. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A classic!

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