Glenmorangie 1981 Pride

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Baccarat Crystal Decanter by Laurence Brabant
Stated Age
28 years old
Oak Casks (18y), Sauternes Barrique (10y)
Number of bottles
56.7 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2011 8:36 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 4425,00

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17 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie 1981 Pride

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior


    This whisky was aged for 18 years in American oak casks, then an additional 10 years in Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes barriques. The nose is very complex with coconut, pears, vanilla, and toasted oak. The taste has a clove spiciness, along with nutmeg, coconut, pineapple, and hazelnut notes. The finish is rich, spicy, and very long with touches of lemon, vanilla, and mint. Water adds more complexity with touches of roasted almonds and chestnuts.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Glenmorangie;

    Aroma: Captivating and heady with the combination of poached pears, baked pineapple sponge, demerara sugar, nutmeg and aniseed.

    Taste: The layers of delicious desserts are joined by honeydew melon and lemon vanilla madeleines with oak tannins bringing hints of French toast.

    Finish: Long, succulent and sweet with sultanas, toasted almonds and the lingering memory of lemon and coconut desserts.A single malt whisky beyond comparison, Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is the culmination of 28 years of passion, patience and artistry. As its name implies, the birth date was 1981 – in the month of October - when the original liquid was distilled and laid down for maturation in Glenmorangie’s finest oak casks. The intention had always been to create an exquisite vintage 18-Year-Old, yet in 1999, Dr Bill Lumsden acquired the key to crafting an even more outstanding whisky: a limited quantity of Sauternes barriques from the fabled vineyards of Chateau d’Yquem. Thus the whisky was extra-matured for 10 more years in those prized casks - the longest period any Glenmorangie whisky has ever undergone extra-maturation.

  3. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    COLOR: Intense, deepest gold

    AROMA: Apple tart with sprinklings of demerara sugar, nutmeg and aniseed are underpinned by musky oak tones. The addition of water releases a myriad of exotic fruits and spices

    TASTE: Intense layers of delicious desserts: syrup sponge pudding covered in milk chocolate sauce, honeydew melon and lemon vanilla burst on the palate. A strong backbone of oak tannins is present, bringing hints of French toast and steely mineral notes

    FINISH: Long, succulent and sweet with sultanas, toasted almonds and the lingering memory of lemon and coconut desserts



  4. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes from Whisky Advocate by Gavin D. SmithGlenmorangie
    Pride employs the use of Sauternes barriques to give a 10 year period
    of secondary maturation to a batch of spirit distilled in 1981. The
    result is a whisky with an intense, pungent, earthy nose; very complex,
    with polished old furniture notes, spices, oak tannins, and licorice.
    The palate is "full on" for a Glenmorangie; waxy, with sherbet, honey,
    and baked apple, then orange marmalade, sultana, and a hint of smoke in
    the lengthy finish. 
    Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93

  5. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Glenmorangie Pride 1981 whisky is the culmination of 28 years of
    passion, patience and artistry. At its heart is the remarkable
    Glenmorangie 1981 Vintage, which was aged for 18 years in first-fill
    ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky was then extra-matured exclusively in
    Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes casks for an additional 10 years before being
    bottled at 56.7% ABV. The whisky is presented in a striking Baccarat
    crystal decanter and wooden case.

  6. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very special edition Glenmorangie and one of the oldest whiskies they have on the market. Finished in Sauternes casks from Chateau d`Yquem, master distiller Dr Bill Lumsden describes the whisky as a `pinnacle` of their boundary pushing efforts. Its ornate wooden box, which lowers the round bottomed decanter as it opens, has caused some discussion in the whisky community, but the quality of the liquid seems to hold up to scrutiny. TWE

  7. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Release Date: 1st July 2011


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