I was rather unimpressed with this on opening but pleasingly with only a few days in, the distillery character begun to show through. My hunch is this bottle will turn out to be decent enough but i bet after all is said & done [over the next few months], the ‘Original’ 10yo will remain ‘the gold’.
N: This follows on so neatly from the Balblair 1997. Goes along similar bourbon-sweet lines yet with riper/sweeter fruits and a nice level of wood & yeastiness. Just a tad ‘easier’, honeyed/malty, the cereal/porridge base a little more rounded-off & actually far fluffier [Bavenie doublewood-esque] – that sweet Sauternes finish making quite the difference and hey, thats the Glenmorangie signature also. The Sauternes finish in fact really gives the bourbon-earthy-dunnage>pongy-putty character a rather pleasing twist. Other notes of white butter, some buttery floral notes [still don’t know my flora n fauna], cake mix, oat milk, poppadoms, dry flannel… E150a? Babycham? Moving on.
T: An arrival of fruity/molasses/Sauternes with some fizz, then to a relaxed/meandering, oaky-sweet, honeyed>barley development. E150a? – i say yes. Water management gives varying results. More Sauternes>sherry [scorched] molasses on the turn.
F: Honeyed with a little dry-sour oak. dried marmalade, strawberry jam, strong hints of Drambuie and very neat liquorice candy=<wood at the death. Concludes fairly pronto.
C: Admittedly I had initially resigned this bottle to the blending cupboard, finding it was hugely improved with a glug of Aberlour A’bunadh. A drop of Laphroagh completed the blend. However as the months past, on further inspection I found this D’or to be excellent in its own right. In fact i begun to tire of the A’bunadh [#47], and found it a more suitable blending partner – in the form of a dull-savoury Talisker 18yo – sacrilege i know! [Whats happened to Talisker lately – anyone else noticed the downward dog?]. So what about my first impressions eh? The ‘Original’ 10yo does indeed remain ‘the gold’ but this up there, scoring only a mark less than that Balblair ’97. It’s a bit of an ‘odd-ball’ too, which i like. I do however recommend blending a little A’bunadh & a drop of smoke if you have some Nectar to spare.Scores a B-