A small group of customers sat down at the Kensington Wine Market last night to sample their way through three barrel samples of Glenmorangie. The Glenmorangie Cask Masters tasting was lead by Brand Ambassador Ruaridh McIntyre a native of Islay in Scotland. The three casks samples were matured in Grand Cru Burgundy, Grand Cru Bordeaux and Manzanilla sherry casks respectively. There was a bit of a split between our group as to the favourites, but the Manzanilla seemed to be the most popular with the Burgundy in 2nd place. Here are my tasting notes:
- Cask A Grand Cru Burgundy – Nose: nutty, leathery and floral with pine scented car air freshener; mossy and musty with honey, plums, apricots and sour jujubes; Palate: very leathery, nutty and spicy; fruit bowl with liquid honey; thick and oily; Finish: becomes sweeter and more creamy with leather and dried fruits.Cask B
- Grand Cru Bordeaux - Nose:very peppery, allspice, freshly cut oak, honeycomb and Demerara sugar; big potpourri with cinnamon sticks, Jujubes and fruit leather; Palate: very leathery (over the top), dry spices, coffee beans, burnt bacon and cloves; Finish: dry and light with a bit of leather and sea salt.Cask C
- Manzanilla Sherry – Nose:candied nuts, big lemon and lime citrus notes, pancakes with maple syrup, white chocolate and Fruit Source bars; Palate: creamy and fruity, white chocolate Hershey’s Kiss’, cherries, sweet spices and brown sugar; Finish: very sweet and fruity with a touch of salty caramel.Here are some photos from the evening.