Glenmorangie 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Highland Rare Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
15 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 319
Added on
03 Jul 2007 9:16 pm

Average value

€ 221,80

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie 15-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.35 points

  1. Avdkaaden scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Opened another one and held a comparison with my two brothers including
    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!

  2. korry78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    #Heelslayer: Glenmorangie 15 (Old Distillery Bottling, 15 Years, 43% ABV)    This week's #Heelslayer dram comes from the distillery claiming "the tallest stills in Scotland" (I think I've heard that from others too, much like the 'oldest' distillery claims), Glenmorangie.  This is a rather special bottle though, as this comes from the era before the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesy takeover in 2004.  This 15 year old bottle, served at 43% ABV hails from about the mid to late 1990's, and comes from a time when production was a little more detail oriented, and less factory produced whisky.  Still aged in the classic Bourbon-only style of Glenmorangie, this has long been a favorite of the both the collector and the GlenMo fan. Let's delve into the hell of this bottle and I'll tell you why.

    Colour:  Autumn gold with hints of amber.  There's no indication of colouring on the label so I'll assume it has some caramel in it, albeit rather light.Body:  An oily medium that wanes toward the thin side.  No mention of filtration type, but considering this stays crystal clear in a -30 car ride... it's pretty heavily chill-filtered.Nose:  Holy cow!  Vanilla city, pudding, white flowers and soft malt notes.  The rich malty backbone plays with hints of sweet corn and apricot cobbler.  Peaches, stone fruits and melted vanilla ice cream.  In the background there are subtle notes of jasmine and herbal green tea with a hazelnut twist.  The nose swims with so much vanilla, almost overpoweringly sweet, but so delicious.Palate:  Sweet cornbread, malt syrup and peach compote.  Sublime wood spice notes (fenugreek with hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg), drive the mid palate as oily malt notes lift the bottom.  Toasted oak and cream flourish here with subtle hints of lilac and more jasmine green tea again.  Towards the end Tellicherry black pepper, stone fruits and more herbal notes come forward as the sweet creaminess abates.  The malt shows great depth throughout the dram.Finish: Sweet creamy malt and deeply complex oak.  White flowers again provide highlights as does sweet black tea and some hints s of brine.  Vanilla oils, shortbread and hints of oak char.  Wood spices are diluted here, but still present and have picked up an almost cedar note.Empty Glass:  Peach Melba and more white tea this time.  There's a doughy middle note and some herb-ed liqueur and roasted malt.  The sweetness continues through the empty glass, with malted milk chocolate sweets and Applejack.      I actually noted in my notebook on two different tastings of this that 'I will miss this bottle when it's gone.'  It's like an improved-upon 10 year old Glenmorangie Original: oilier, heavier and with more wood presence but with all the rich vanilla sweetness that you've come to love.  I can't help but wonder why this was discontinued, and more importantly where the quality has gone.  This dram is hands down my favorite Glenmorangie of recent tastings, save some independent bottlings, and it bears to mind the quality shift of all the Glenmorangie offerings.

         With the recent limited releases like Tùsail, glimpses of this distillery's true character are still present, albeit now a manufactured façade.  I understand the same quality of barrels are no longer present (LVMH uses Jack Daniels and Heaven Hill primarily for the GlenMo10), and the quality of engineered barley is now very different from years past.  I think that whisky, like comedy, should come naturally, and cannot be forced.  Stepping off my soapbox; keep your stick on the ice and the ice out of your glass.


  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. SilvanoS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    It's a pitty that Glenmorangie changed their profile in the last years. This one is really oldschool.
    • Nose
      A nice expressive and elegant nose. I get ripe peaches and honey, vanilla, sandalwood and even some hints of menthol.
    • Taste
      Oily and chewy, with spices at first, then some honey and woody tones, then some fruits like apricots appear.
    • Finish
      Medium long with prickly and fruity notes and some spices from the wood. Very nice!

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A smooth and slightly syrupy body.
    • Nose
      Fresh sea air. More breezy.
    • Taste
      Lovely balance of sweet creaminess  and herbal notes.
    • Finish
      Appetizing spicy. Clean hit of salt.

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Avdkaaden scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I added the 15Y in a Glenmorangie 'wood' tasting with Old version 10 Yrs, first fill 12 Yrs Millenium Malt, and 19 years old virgin oak Ealanta. Had quite a lot of people round the table who never ever tasted whisky in a preset program. Most of them preferred the 15 Yrs in the end, some the 12 Yrs.

  9. Avdkaaden scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    One of my favorite Glenmo's. I buy every bottle that comes across at a decent price.
    • Nose
      Bursts from the glass. Flowery, sweet, ripe fruits, bakery spices.
    • Taste
      Nicely dosed oak taste. Spices have very gentle character. Sweetness of fructose kind. Caramel with deluxe creaminess. Luscious. Depth of flavors and still transparent
    • Finish
      Nicely stays with you, with some peppery afterburn and surprisingly some hints of peat

  10. Maczet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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