1) the new Glen Grant 18 years
2) our home whisky Glenmorangie Original 10 years
3) the newly launched Glenmorangie Bacalta
4) and the Glenmorangie Signet
Three tasters and five whiskies.
The Glen Grant was included because Jim Murray gave up very high about it in his 2017 edition. The Original is the solid reference that should never miss in a tasting with Glenmorangies. The Bacalta is the new private edition expression and really designed around Madeira wood and the Signet I recently received from one of my brothers, who by the way never tasted it himself.
Of course these whiskies are uncomparable and yes, that came out well. Nice and sweet Bacalta and impressive Signet are really whiskies for the occasion and as far as I am concerned after a really good dinner, preferably closing with chocolate. But if you just want to enjoy a good whisky: well made, no peat, no smoke, subtile, complex, enjoyable, friendly, no liquid oak, no overpowering American stuff?
Unanimous conclusion: go for the Glenmorangie 15 years. If you can get it. Well, I have one for sale, so that solves the availability problem. Forget Jim Murray's Glen Grant 18 choice. It is a nice, soft, subtile, floral, complex and well made dram, but not as good as the price suggests and not as likeable as the Glenmorangie Original. But the depth of the 15 years Glenmorangie is really convincing.
Bill please: Put some of your Original for five extra years on new oak and re-use those casks. That should not be an uneconomical proposition though? Sell the 15 years for about €60, which is almost double the sales price of the Original. It won't cannibilize the 18 years old, it might a bit with the Original, but that won't hurt. It will keep the people away a bit from the Lasanta (but real sherry wood lovers don't buy that one anyway), or the port wood Quinta Ruban. Anyway this 15 years old Glenmorangie fits perfectly in the Care for the best oak strategy. Expect him back soon!