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Glenmorangie Finealta

Overall rating
84.90/100
votes
325
Whiskybase ID
WB17760
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Bottled
2010
Casktype
American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Oak
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L10 208 6ML
Barcode
5010494903584
Added on
25 aug 2010 5:44 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 545.98

52 × in wishlist

325 × member ratings

1145 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Finealta

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.90 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 49,50 Euro in May, 2012.  The first Glenmorangie private edition Sonnalta was a really stunning and absolutely clean sherry release that I liked very much.  But the private editions of the last years show the dilemma with "designed" whiskies - it simply gets harder from year to year to create a new idea that is at least as good as the older ones.  Actually, that is impossible and so I turned back to this older (second) private editions to re-taste it tonight.

    Another nice composition of Dr. Bill that is very sippable and adds a new dimension to the Glenmorangie range with its slightly peated aromas.  But I bet the second best part of my body that a Glenmorangie tasted very different in 1903...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is deep copper and the texture shows big tears and slow legs. The nose is that of a typical "modern" (aka designed) whisky with significant wooden notes besides the sherry (from the virgin oak casks). In that sense the marketing story of the "old recipe from 1903" is simply nonsense. Nevertheless I like this nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is smooth and mellow mainly on sherry-induced flavours in a firm wooden structure. All nicely balanced and delicious but not with different layers. Water is not needed as it both flattens the dram and adds bitter-astringent notes that I do not like.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating, no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and a little chocolatey with some spicy and bitter notes from the virgin oak. I call that enjoyable.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of Usquebaugh Society. I thought this to be the Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or though I had a better perception in memory of that one. I.e. I assumed this was a 40-euro whisky and was a bit disappointed, so I'd never buy this one.
    • Nose
      Orange, honey, banana and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Orange, honey, caramel, grapefruit and pepper.
    • Finish
      Caramel, orange and honey.

  3. InbhirNis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Decent - the nose is rich with creamy custard, the palate and finish a little less refined.

    From a commercial sample.

  4. SebStar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. FeydRautha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. herby.usa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A little more turns wouldn't hurt.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Citrus (orange, lime, maybe clementine), peaches, caramelized sugar, hint of smoked malt. Almonds, Raisins.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Tangerine, fruit jam.
      Spices, nutmeg and ginger
      Sweetness: honey, brown sugar, vanilla
      Hmm, is there a violet flavor (reminds me of the old Bowmores from the 80's)
    • Finish
      84 84
      The smoke is there in the aftertaste (but very subtle).
      oak and vanilla

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, pear, orange
    • Taste
      Smoky, lemon, orange
    • Finish
      Peppery

  9. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice dram, I got from a friend. Looking to the right of the screen I do not think it is worth that amount of money.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Better after a drop of water.
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, slightly smoky, straw, marzipan, honey, vanilla, cake batter, walnuts
    • Taste
      caramel, chocolate, ginger, wood tones, peach, vanilla, coffee, honey

  11. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Warm, aromatic, slightly fruity and sweet, somewhat “vinous”, light wood notes, vanilla. Overall, a pleasant and balanced impression.

    Taste:
    Slightly spicy, but still relatively soft with notes of wood, light sweetness but also slightly tart barrel note

    Departure:
    A hint of hot and spicy with a slight barrel note, first a hint of tart then malty, sweetish, medium-long finish with notes of wood ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Mark-E scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  17. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Color - Deep Amber
    Tasted on 11/12/2011
    • Nose
      83 83
      Clean, smooth, very light peat with subtle Sherry.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Caramel, citrus, cherries, Sherry, vanilla and pleasant, less than overbearing peat notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to moderate. Olorosso Sherry Oak notes linger with some tart Apple peel and dried fruit.

  18. M134481 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. DavidH. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. stefsel111 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  21. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Well for its original price (I think round about 70€) it was a good choice (not even a very good if I think of old prices for Bunnas, etc.). Today where best prices are round about 150€ (03/2016) it is simply a waste of money. Nice Marketing of Glenmorangie though
    • Nose
      The nose is for me the best part of this dram. I really like it and I was hoping that the whisky can keep this level. I have a bit of smoke which is not normal for Glenmo, then honey/caramel sweetness and also some fruits (lemons/oranges)
    • Taste
      A bit of everything but somehow also nothing. So I have a bit of peat a bit of oak a bit of: lemon, vanilla, sherry, oranges, caramel. Don't get me wrong not bad but also nothing that I will remember forever.
    • Finish
      The finish is OK but you realise that the majority of the whisky is quite young

  23. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced and smooth, but way to expensive for a NAS whisky!

  24. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits e.g. lemon or orange, vanilla, caramel and a hint of peat smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet roasted oranges, spicy pepper and ginger, oak and sherry
    • Finish
      Smooth, voluminuous and floral

  25. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Springfrench scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A whisky very attractive at first, which announces a nice pot of fruit with some notes of spices. We find ourselves in the mouth with something bitter, dry, on spices and pepper. Disappointment.
    • Nose
      the nose is at first very flattering and very dense. Frankish and very sweet aromas. Vanilla, notes of orange, blood orange, a hint of mint, chlorophyll, all sprinkled with cinnamon. The marzipan extrudes itself from this joyous kale of odor after a few minutes. It is very pleasant and promising for the mouth.
    • Taste
      slim. Test unprocessed ... Fruits and sweetness are replaced by spices, lots of spices ... Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom. The wood is quite present and gives an impression of drought, bitterness not very pleasant. A rough and spicy mouth. Mint is also part of it, but does not succeed in making this mouth a really pleasant moment.
    • Finish
      short and dry on pepper, bitter orange and spices.

  27. q-runa scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  28. Peter87 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  29. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: Smooth, malty, slightly smoky, with some vanilla,
    tangerine, orange, and chocolate chips, as well as with some heather.
    Taste:
    On juicy oaky, fresh, light, rather grassy, with some light toffee notes, some
    sultanas and pears and a hint of smoke. Very smooth. The finish is medium,
    juicy, oaky, grassy, fresh, light and with some pear drops.
    General
    Impression: A very nice, fresh and juicy Glenmorangie, rather old fashioned but
    most enjoyable. Some lightly peated barley has been used, but the peat is barely
    perceptible.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting16.html#Nov21

     

     

  30. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Glenmorangie;

    Aroma: Caramelised orange and peaches soaked in liqueur are instantly revealed before giving way to sugared almonds, raisins, lime and a hint of distant woodsmoke.

    Taste: Mandarin, marmalade and hints of cherry brandy combine with the spiciness of nutmeg and ginger before icing sugar, chewy meringue and violet build up slowly on the palate.

    Finish: Full, rounded aromatic smoke with chalky minerals lingers on top of subtle layers of powdery floral scents.Glenmorangie Finealta is a painstaking recreation of a recipe dating back to 1903. Matured in a combination of American white oak casks and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks this whisky is unusual for its light touch of peatiness - a reminder of a time when Glenmorangie dried its barley in a peat fired kiln.Distillery archives show that at this time, Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt was being served at The Savoy in London. Making this whisky a window onto a grander age, where optimistic young souls toasted sweeping changes within Art, fashion, and technology. And where society demanded a drink of both depth and distinction.Glenmorangie Finealta is the second release in our prestigious Private Edition range: carefully selected, limited edition whiskies chosen from the 'cabinet of curiosities' of Dr Bill Lumsden, head of our Whisky Creation Team.Non chill-filtered.

  31. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, vanilla, lime, pepper
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, sherry, rich, creamy, pepper
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, ginger, dry

  33. The Whisky Cyclist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      tic-tac (menthol), tabacco
    • Taste
      very slightly peated, sweet
    • Finish
      Medium weak finish

  34. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal

  35. angelus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. Buckeyechemie scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: Port, sherry, honey, slight peat, banana peel, vanilla bean

    Taste: Toffee, apricot, vanilla, pear, cotton candy, leather, smoke, pepper, oak

    Lightly peated Glenmorangie, lingering sweetness.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good dram but I have only tasted it once. 

    (Rating interval 84-87)
    • Nose
      Starts with a spicy sweetness, brown sugar, soft peat, leather and cereal. Almost some kind of baked potatoes involved in the nose as well.
    • Taste
      Sweet cereal, oat, meat, peat and black tea. with water there is a hint of apple cider vinegar, mango chutney and canned pineapple juice. 
    • Finish
      medium in length with malty caramelized ginger, soft peat and black pepper.

  39. BeatF scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Everything perfectly styled: the beautiful packaging, the elegant bottle and the composed content
    • Nose
      Vanilla, menthol, grapes, the finest bitterness of an oak barrel, everything crystal clear
    • Taste
      It thickens: oranges, milk chocolate, even some coffee
    • Finish
      And now it gets thicker like syrup or molasses: Orangeade, a scent from a wood fire, all backed by vanilla

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

    A great expression!

  41. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Fine Alta is a marriage of whiskys of different ages. Fine Alta comes from the Gaelic and means "elegant"

  42. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  43. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Aromas of caramel and orange followed by peaches, almonds, raisins, lime and a hint of smoked oak
    • Taste
      Full flavors of mandarin, marmalade and hints of cherry brandy combine with the spiciness of nutmeg and ginger
    • Finish
      Full, round and aromatic aftertaste of smoke, mineral and floral ingredients

  44. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A meticulous reconstruction of a historic recipe dating

    back to 1903, the Glenmorangie Fine Alta is based on this recipe and within a

    short time many fans got behind him. Aged in American white oak barrels

    and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. The special thing about this whisky is its light peat

    flavor, which is typical for that time in which barley was still dried in a

    peat-fired oven.

  45. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant
    • Nose
      Orange, vanilla, marzipan, sweet spices
    • Taste
      Fruits (oranges, apricots, peaches), pepper, hazelnuts, smoked touches.
    • Finish
      Long enough, drier and spicy.

  46. Hvem? scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    From the bottle:

    Finealta (Gaelic for `elegant`) is an exquisite recreation of Glenmorangie as it would have been enjoyed in the early 1900s. Created from an original recipe, Glenmorangie Finealta has distinctive vanilla and citrus notes, and layers of rich fruit flavours from part-maturation in Oloroso sherry casks. Lightly-peated malt adds a surprising hint of subtle smokiness and deep layers to discover.

  47. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    "The second in Glenmorangie`s series of Private Editions (the first being

    the hugely popular Sonnalta), Finealta is lightly peated barley that

    has been matured partly in ex-sherry casks and partly in plain new

    American oak casks. the name means `Elegance` in Gaelic (it says here)."
    TWE

  48. Aristocat scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A strange Glenmorangie, indeed, a bit smokey, but, don`t be put off by this, it`s just a hint, a nice hint. It`s not a particular strong tasting whisky, but, it`s soo drinkable, too drinkable actually. Smell it, nip it, you won`t be dissapointed I think.

  49. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur



    The nose was outstanding, the palate more or less ok.
    All in all a rather unusual, but pleasant Glenmorangie. It will set you back
    about 70 EUR though, which I find somewhat expensive.
    • Nose


      The nose is definitely a far cry from anything Glenmo
      I have tried this week. It has a lot of depth and is rather dry. Almond paste, camphor, roasted nut, chicory. Is this
      even Glenmorangie? What a disguise! Leather, white pepper and a touch of
      caramel. White chocolate. And peat? Well, maybe. With some good will. Be that as it may, this
      is a very atypical but rather enticing nose!
    • Taste


      The attack is creamy and round. Very feisty now, with
      a whole mixed bag of peppers (you know, like the little flask that allows you
      to mill yourself, containing white, red and black peppers) and ginger. Some
      orange marmalade, touch of bitterness and something sharp. Like lemon
      eau-de-vie. Something dusty also, that transports me to the attic.
    • Finish


      The finish is medium in length and drying, with an
      emphasis on ginger.

  50. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The second in Glenmorangie`s series of Private Editions (the first being
    the hugely popular Sonnalta), Finealta has sparked interest in that
    some lightly peated barley has been used in its creation - supposedly
    inspired by an (ahem) recently-discovered 1903 order for Glenmorangie
    from the Savoy hotel. The name is Gaelic for `Elegance`, it says here,
    and Finealta has been matured in ex-sherry and plain new American oak
    casks.

     

  51. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I liked the spicy/sweet/bit smoky combination. 
    • Nose
      Oranges, tangerines, sweet cream liqueur.
    • Taste
      Figs, clove. After a while comes wood, apricot jam.
    • Finish
      Ginger, nutmeg.

  52. I_SPEY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I personally do not believe this is a top whisky, is not a special one; but he/she* is nice and very drinkable.  And there are some very sophisticated tastes in the whisky, like the pepper and ginger. And indeed a finish with smooth chocolate. Water is not needed with this whisky. That `s murder!!
    *question: is whisky masculin or feminine?
     

     

  53. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Love this private edition of Glenmorangie. When I first tried it I was blown away that it had sweet, spice, smoke, finish! This also is nice on the ABV 46% is very drinkable still for even the beginner.

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