"What whisky will not cure, there is no cure for."
My ex-girlfriend (AKA my wife) came home the other day with a Binny's bag in her arms. My first thought was either she is turning into a drunk like me, or is contributing to the destruction of my liver. So I grabbed my pipe and put on my thinking cap to solve this dandy of a mystery. When I opened the bag, my liver took it's top hat and monocle and strolled off in to the sunset. In the bag was a gorgeous box that said "Glenmorangie Finealta".
Glenmorangie released a recreation of a recipe dating back to 1903 called Finealta (pronounced ‘Finalta’, is Scottish Gaelic for ‘elegant’). Unfortunately, they yield no information about the overall duration of its maturing. Although, it doesn't help us in comparing it with other similar aged single malts, it forces us to judge it with fewer preconceptions.
THE STORY: The Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Bill Lumsden, states, ‘Glenmorangie decided to recreate this recipe so that we, and whisky connoisseurs, could have a taste of this historic Glenmorangie expression. We followed the recipe meticulously, which included marrying whiskies of different ages and different cask types. The final result is a whisky of such depth and distinction that we selected it as the second release in Glenmorangie’s exclusive Private Edition.’
THE PACKAGING: The packaging design for Glenmorangie Finealta is inspired by Art Nouveau, which had a style for incorporating elements of nature such as floral and plant motifs into artwork, architecture and home furnishings.
You will find the conclusion to be very surprising. It's similar to being ambushed with kisses from a supermodel that just smoked an Opus X (a fine cigar for those of you non-cigar aficionados). The initial smoky kiss is shocking, but then you realize you're making out with Marissa Miller. Trust me, it has a happy ending.
NOSE: Caramelized tangerines and mandarins saturated in the glorious sunlight with a slight hint of lime.
PALATE: Apricots and hints of dragonfruit combine with the spiciness of nutmeg and ginger before the flowery jasmine and chamomile creep up patiently on the palate.
FINISH: Surprising fragrant peat with sunkist oranges lingering on top of subtle layers that once again bring out the floral scents that were present on the palate.
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