Glenmorangie Astar

Overall rating
85.98/100
votes
460
Whiskybase ID
WB2875
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Missouri Ozark Oak Casks
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L10 139 20:55 6ML
Barcode
5010494325287
Added on
22 jul 2008 9:12 am
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 174.22

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Whisky reviews for Glenmorangie Astar

44 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.98 points.

  1. MasterMork scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, apple and banana in the foreground. Very tasty. A bit flat at the back.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting

    Quite tasty, it also has enough potential to be tasted with the addition of water. It's actually really good.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, slightly light fruits, muesli, no smoke, a little oak spice in the background. Alcohol well integrated, hardly noticeable a stinging nose in spite of the 57.1%. Still fresh and lively.
      Adding a little water opens the malt towards the vanilla cake batter.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pure: Whoa, he has power. Sweet, rich oak spice, again the light fruits, becomes dry on the tongue.
      Nice and creamy with water, without any loss of other aromas.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, with fruit sweetness and oak spiciness, dryness on the tongue remains, but without bitterness on the palate.

  7. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2021-12-04: always added a little water
    • Nose
      84 84
      flowery, soft, caramel, toffee, non-sweet vanilla, fine
    • Taste
      84 84
      Honey, slightly woody, cinnamon, vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. DocF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, popcorn, caramel, glue? Should be a grain. Or bourbon. With water: powdered sugar. In the mouth: now it's getting exciting. Is called Rest of Scotland, is actually not thin enough for a grain and bourbon actually does not work. Virgin Oak? Long finish, bittersweet, caramel, resin, polished oak.

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [Blindtasting Notes]

    Great balance between strength and finesse. Very satisfied!

    Tip: An ex-BC Glenlivet (or a similar flowery-fruity Speysider with inherently high distillate quality) with approx. 16-20 years.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Classic bourbon barrel aging with warm wood notes and a straw scent. Vanilla croissants, puff pastries, lots of caramel, light stone fruit (apricot?), Pear pulp, and more difficult to grasp, fragrant-floral aspects. At the beginning - i.e. immediately after pouring - looked younger, but becomes more beautiful the longer it is. Now there are also almond butter and light roasted aromas (coffee). You don't even notice the high alcohol content in the nose, which impresses me very much. Very clean and elegant, for some it could be too round or without edges, but I find it extremely successful in its flawless and straightforwardness. It has enough small, subtle aromas that make it seem somehow "playful" and delicate. The style totally reminds me of Glenlivet, especially this pear and almond combination.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wow, nice and oily, and the alcohol is also very well integrated here. Great. Sour-spicy in the middle, the wood builds up gradually, but remains perfectly balanced with the spirit. It is a bit simpler on the palate than on the nose, but great to drink at cask strength and also flawless here. Nothing burns there, nothing disturbs, the key word is "harmony". Really a well-rounded thing. A little more fruit would have been nice, it's a bit barrel-heavy, but that's whining on a high level.
    • Finish
      89 89
      First fresh and tart, then after about 30-60 seconds the oils come up again and bring a great residual sweetness with them. Extremely round and harmonious, creamy and tasty. Ripe pineapple and sweet white peach pulp will stand for a long time.

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Yes, a nice bare strong whisky, a lot of vanilla, not super komex but very harmonious and in all respects aromatic and intense. Glenmorangie can do anything if you want.
    • Nose
      A real sweet vanilla bomb on the nose, just a little bit of fruit, the intense vanilla and marshmallow aroma is very fascinating.
    • Taste
      Nice start in the mouth, strong, sweet with tart and slightly fruity components.
    • Finish
      A little pepper, mint, cool, subtle fruit also less sweet than the nose. Some popcorn and a light vanilla aftertaste.

  11. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 04-01-2021

  12. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Glenmorangie loves Cask Strength! And the influence of the wood comes back beautifully.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark yellow fruit (think banana, ripe apple and ripe pear). Spices, sawdust.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Yellow fruit salad (banana, pear) with wood, nuts, spices and herbs. Tasty barrel!
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    After Tarlogan / Tayne / Cadboll the highlight of the evening, I was looking forward to it and was not disappointed - saulecker like 7-8 years ago. For 55 € that was a blast (even if that was already quite expensive then). I'm curious if the new Astar with its 80 € rankommt.
    • Nose
      mjam - vanilla, coconut, shortbread, honey, with beautiful tropical-fresh fruitiness - pineapple, banana, grapefruit, splashes of lemon, white grapes ... some white pepper and fresh sawdust ... water? -> No, do not hesitate, that's good!
    • Taste
      again scones, almond biscuits, vanilla crisps, everything well browned until lightly burnt, honey, overripe banana, or better baked banana, to bitter fruitiness (green apple peel, grapefruit, lime peel), fresh, slightly resinous wood, pepper, cinnamon ... leaves even more reindeuteln, but enough - delicious!
    • Finish
      long, dry, again burnt biscuits, sweet, not very bitter, some grapefruit, pepper ... and nice and warm

  15. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Glenmorangie Astar works very well although the finish is quite unidimensional.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Fruits (dominant pears), honey, vanilla, citrus fruits, hints of pineapple and coconut, some banana, ginger.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruits, candy sugar, citrus, honey, burned pears, coconut, pepper, vanilla, ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet oak and caramel.

  16. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Probably. the most disappointing of all the special Morangies ...
    • Nose
      Custard, some ginger and white wine, banana immature, some honeydew melon, grapefruit, but everything is watered down, some almonds. still
    • Taste
      Cotton candy, chamomile, lemon cream sweets, light white wine notes again, a bit of green apple and light oak
    • Finish
      Fairly dry and bitter, lemon peel, some pistachio nuts, toffee and not too long, here also the light oak, nothing special, short to medium long

  17. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

      And again excellent, now with a barrel fortress, a powerful, dense, rather restrained aroma, but then just shine - a beautiful balance, a bright character, perfectly inscribed in taste and finish the fortress - a mantle of the sun of a seaside city burning under the rays of the July sun.
    • Nose
      Citrus-mineral, dry, slightly dusty boulders on the hot sun, creamy notes, vanilla, a little carpentry and varnish shades.
    • Taste
      Sweet-oak, pepper, a lot of oak and dried apricots with raisins, powerful, tight.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, soft pepper, oak, sweet raisins, light citrus notes, dried, slightly burned apples, dense, saturated, long.

  18. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/glenmorangie-astar-ob-2008/

  19. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and aromatic, nice wood influence with balance between the wood spicies and some elegant almost white wine's aromas, vanilla fudges, slightly waxy,some ginger biscuits and boiled chestnuts.. reminds me a bit of the first glenlivet nadurras..very good 

    87

  20. Implar scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blindly

    http://whiskyinformer.com/home/glenmorangie-astar
    • Nose
      Very fruity at first impression. Apple and peach. Quite creamy as well, butterscotch, a bit of mint and grapefruit. Maybe a hint of pistachio.
    • Taste
      A strong arrival. Some green apple at first, but the oak dominates. A bit of a waxy mouthfeel, almonds and hazelnuts too.
    • Finish
      Slightly drying and quite bitter. Pistachio peels. Slight notes of citrus and toffee but they don’t stay long. The wood dominates here too.

  21. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      ohne Wasser: Vanille, Apfel, der Alkohol ist zu spühren / mit Wasser er kommen herrlich grünen Noten durch z.B. Gras, Nuss, Malz, Lemon
    • Taste
      zart trotz der 57,1% ohne Wasser: Eiche, ganz leicht Rauch, der Alkohol / mit Wasser: Ananas, Banane, Eiche, Süße, Malz
    • Finish
      ohne Wasser: schön lang mit Eiche / mit Wasser. kommen Nussnoten durch

  22. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    One of the best whiskies in this series, only the Companta beats it.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, orange, apple, caramel, banana, sweet lime, almond, malt, honey and a whiff of tree resin. With water a bit of pastry.
    • Taste
      Orange, vanilla, apple, banana and caramel.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, banana, hazelnut, apple and caramel.

  23. Maczet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. barryfox915 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Straw.
    Nose: Very nice fruity notes (peach), with some nice oakiness,
    spicy, fresh, on tangerine and lime.
    Taste: Oaky, spicy, malty, rich, on
    vanilla and banana. The finish is medium, smooth, oaky, slightly smoky, fresh
    and satisfying.
    General Impression: The presence of the fresh oak is quite
    present, but it gives a nice fruitiness to this savouring Glenmorangie.
    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting8.html#29Apr08

     

  25. korry78 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Astar
    Astar is all wood-driven. If there ever was a designer Glenmorangie whisky, this is it. To quote Bill, this whisky is made from “slow growth, air seasoned, heavily toasted, lightly charred, ex-bourbon, American oak barrels.”

    Astar doesn’t have an age statement, but it is in the 9-10 year old range, so comparing it to the standard 10 year old is logical. Astar is a more dynamic expression compared to the 10 year old, handled in a very personal way with every detail of its maturation carefully monitored using only the finest oak to age it in. If you like Glenmorangie aged in bourbon oak without being finished in the wine cask du jour, then you will immediately fall in love with this whisky.

    In fact, did you know that Bill has slowly been incorporating Astar-like whisky into the 10 year old bottling? If you thought that Glenmorangie 10 year old has been gradually improving over the past few years (like I did), this is the reason for it. According to Bill, as much as 30% of the current 10 year old bottling is Astar-like whisky. So, just imagine what pure Astar tastes like. Here’s my formal review of the whisky.

    Glenmorangie Astar, 57.1%, $85
    Astar’s flavor profile is similar to Glenmorangie 10 year old in many respects (showing a superb balance of sweetness, fruit and spice). It’s not as subtle as the 10 year old expression, but it is creamier, richer, and fleshier, with loads of honeyed vanilla, coconut cream pie, toasted almond, vibrant spice (cinnamon, mint) and a basketful of citrus and summer fruits. And the fact that it is bottled at 100 British Proof (57.1% abv) just accentuates every flavor and helps to make this whisky quite invigorating. Imagine Glenmorangie 10 year old with a shot of testosterone. I don’t rate very many ten year old whiskies or younger over 90. This whisky certainly has earned that right.

    Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93

    Similar to Signet, Astar will become a permanent whisky in the Glenmorangie range. It will be available in the U.S. in 2009.

    Bill Lumsden is doing amazing things for the Glenmorangie company, both with Glenmorangie whiskies and Ardbeg whiskies. He’s a true leader and one of the greatest innovators in the Scotch whisky industry.

    http://whiskyadvocate.com/whisky/2008/09/14/signet-astar-a-tale-of-two-glenmorangies/

  26. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    My personal preferences let the Quinta Ruban and especially my baby the Nectar d'Or get away a bit better than their more expensive relatives, but still another above-average good tasting whisky, which I probably do not buy as a whole bottle, but where I too would not say no to a dram in a bar.
    • Nose
      Wow, it clears the nose! Very fresh peppermint. If you do not breathe too deeply, it has a heavy caramel sweetness. Very good!
    • Taste
      I just noticed that I very rarely drink non-smoky ex-bourbon barrel-aged whiskys without Weinfassnachreifung. But if I could do it more often, that's delicious. The difference in the taste but very from the smell. Here now rather fruity and after a minute it is as if I had eaten an apple and still the aftertaste in the mouth. If you smell again, you can also feel something appleish in the nose. The second sip I have the sweet again and at first a touch of earth (maybe potatoes ;-))
    • Finish
      For me a pure apple simulation, pleasant

  28. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Glenmorangie;

    Aroma: Rich in toffee and crème-brulee, drizzled with fresh menthol, warm cinnamon and deep aniseed spices. Mint humbugs and a sweet honey-lemon complexity follows.

    Taste: Crème-brulee with a burst of mouth-watering pineapple, poached pears and apricots, smothered with vanilla custard.

    Finish: The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.Five thousand miles away on a secluded Missouri hillside, oak perfect for the maturation of this whisky reaches straight for the heavens. Here, in the relative shade of these north-facing slopes, we hand-select oak that has grown slowly enough to create a spongier and more porous wood. Perfect for welcoming the spirit and imparting the maximum amount of flavour. The 'Astar', meaning journey in Gaelic, has certainly come a long way. But with its bright gold colour and smooth but spicy finish, we feel the journey has been more than worth it. Non chill-filtered.

  29. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  30. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, creamy, chocolate
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity (lychees, grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple), vanilla  
    • Finish
      Medium long, honey, smooth, creamy

  31. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      vanilla, apples, pears, a wift of yeast, honey 
    • Taste
      Fruityness, apricots and fresh plums quickly overruled by peppery spices
    • Finish
      Medium long, pepper, fresh oak drying away

  32. littlebuzzed did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Added water brought out a smell of fresh apples and hay.

    I 'd be happy to smell this whisky all day, but the taste and finish left me wanting more...
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, banana, creamy, hint of pepper and wood
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, vanilla, little strong at 57.1%
    • Finish
      Dry finish with lingering fruits

  33. cuhp scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Recommendable daily dram
    • Nose
      Vanilla,
      menthol, grassy, licorice, bananas, spicy, wood, pepper, peach, pear, citrus. 
    • Taste
      Vanilla,
      apples, pears, peaches, toffee.
    • Finish
      Vanilla,
      toffee, licorice, spicy.

  34. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Has a freshness, with creamy, sweet malt and white chocolate
    • Taste
      Really sweet and fruity, lychees and grapefruit, oak, barley, mandarin. Pineapple chunks in yoghurt.
    • Finish
      Honey, smoothness, lovely creamy, tropical

  35. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Aged in Glenmorangie`s specially made from using
    wood from the Ozark mountains in Missouri, named Astar from the Gaelic for
    journey. Creamy and tropical.

    Astar is the successor of the "Artisan Cask". Aromas include vanilla, toffee, cinnamon and herbs which are followed by notes

    of sweet honey, lime and lemon. The palate is spicy and contains pure tones of vanilla,
    white chocolate and cocoa with hints of cinnamon, stewed pears and
    apples.

  36. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good Glenmorangie full of punch!
    • Nose
      Alcohol, vanilla, citrus. Honey and spices, woody notes. More floral with water.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, exotic fruits, wood, some sweet spices and pepper. With water: caramel at the beginning of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Long and woody with the power of alcohol coming back.

  37. Jonkers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I tried this whisky with and without the addition of water. When you add water, it makes the whisky a little more "friendly" in all its elements. But I prefer to drink it without water.
    • Nose
      Floral and very malty. Fresh and also a little salty. Hints of chocolate and citrus. Sweetness from vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      Oily. Very, very sweet. Chocolate and vanilla and hints of honey. Malty.
    • Finish
      At the beginning the sweetness from vanilla and honey. After that malty. Longlasting.

  38. Furtia scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  39. D3US scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A true Glenmorangie whisky. Real distillery character with the floral and vanilla notes, citrus fruit and malt. I made this tasting with water added, so I have yet to try the undiluted version. Try sniffing this a few minutes after you emptied the glass, I got a really strong chocolate note there.
    • Nose
      Big malt. Floral too with some nice fruits, orange or lemon especially. Honey and vanilla sweetness. A hint of coconut. A light prickle of spice, pineapple chocolate and oak. 
    • Taste
      More drying than I expected. A bitter edge of spice and cocoa powder, juicy fruits of pineapple, orange and apricot. Maybe a faint coffee note. Some good vanilla, honey and oak. 
    • Finish
      Medium to lengthy. The sweetness stays but is suppressed by the coffee / spice / oak note. Malt at the end with some vanilla and fruit. 

  40. mmaclean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    "Aged in Glenmorangie`s specially made from using wood from the Ozark

    mountains in Missouri, named Astar from the Gaelic for journey. Creamy

    and tropical."
    TMOM

  41. mmaclean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    "The Astar bottling from Glenmorangie is a second incarnation of the

    much-loved Artisan cask bottling from several years ago. A massive

    dram, with huge spices - a drop of water is the sensible option."
    TWE

  42. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is, despite the simplicity, one of the best Glenmos around. It has punch, which many of the standard Glenmorangie range lack a bit.
    • Nose


      The nose is extremely sweet with a truckload of
      vanilla, lemon curd and light spices à la nutmeg and ginger. After a little
      while, I get some chocolate. Very fresh, but rather simple.
    • Taste


      There is a good attack, thanks to the new oak, with
      white pepper and nutmeg. The aromas from the nose return, but are upholstered
      with Mirabelle (the very sweet, light orange prunes with shiny skin) and pears.
      A touch of caramel and coconut,
      too. Good body. Remains very sweet throughout.
    • Finish


      The finish is rather long, but very dry. The fruit
      ebbs away and the wood takes its place.

  43. Dede scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not unpleasant, but not enough to get up at night. Wood dominates everything, fortunately in its mildest form. To book lovers of sweets.
    • Nose
      The first nose is alcoholic before this sensation fades, but also marked by gourmet expressions of wood, vanilla, vanilla and vanilla, a hint of banana and coconut, as well as nutmeg and fresh sawdust . Pear after adding water. Not unpleasant, or even outrageous, but that leaves me a little on my hunger.
    • Taste
      First observation, the alcohol is quite well controlled, at least on the attack, because the middle of the mouth is more hot. A lot of sweetness again, with vanilla, from Turkish delight to the rose, peach-apricot chewing gum (special mention to uncle Jean-Mi), wood, nutmeg. A little water makes it more fragrant, always in the same vein, with perhaps a pear aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Rather long, in the continuation of the mouth.

  44. mmaclean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I love this private edition from Glenmorangie. This is huge on the palate and is very complex flavor profile. The finish is absolutely incredible and in my book one of the best whisky for the money on the market!

  45. ontherocks scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: Vanilla (pudding), oak, honey, marzipan, redcurrant jelly, cardamom T: Oak, very sweet (from saccharine to vanilla), strawberries, tannins, apricots, seville oranges, rather light F: medium long, oak, vanilla, honey

  46. lexus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Only first fill casks.
    Excellent whisky, very clean, no false notes
    • Nose
      Nose: very sharp, sharp but not unpleasant, oaky, http://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies.php?merkid=54&whiskyid=2875a lot of vanilla €
    • Taste
      Palate: the same vein as the nose, powerful but not aggressive, lemon, orange ...
    • Finish
      Finale: long, very long on the sweetness of spices (pepper), ginger

  47. alectron scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Seems to fall if had on it's own and shine if drunk after other drams as a sweet counter-weight/after-dram.
    • Nose
      Honey +, Chocolate +, Sherry +/o, Coconut o/-, Pear -,
    • Taste
      Sweet malt with Peach/Apple
    • Finish
      Dry, Med complex

  48. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has many god reviews, but this isn't one of them. Colored spirit.
    • Nose
      Very strong, alcohol.
    • Taste
      Very powerful taste, no flavors, only strong...
    • Finish
      Long.. Woody..

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