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GLENMORANGIE 25 YO ‘QUARTER CENTURY’ (2014, OB, 43%)

Glenmorangie recently launched a serie of bottlings named with similar suffixes: Lasanta, Ealanta, Companta, Sonnalta, Finealta, Quaranta, Cinquanta, Lagallinacanta, etc… Since we’ve been diagnosed with a rare allergy to endings seriality, we decide to taste a different Glenmorangie, not from that serie. Thanks to Katerina Logvinova, we drink today a sample of the 25 yo, the top of the line.

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N: an enchanting blanket of wax crayons welcomes us. Beside this delicious shield, the typical Glenmorangie fruit explodes: strawberry, orange bitter, some vermouth, golden apples and a tropical sensation, like a cargo loaded with bananas. An oily note and a flavour of buttery malt enrich the nose. It’s very consistent with the distillery style. Comparing to the 18 yo, it loses freshness but it earns an amazing waxy highlander note… Dried fruits: figues? Serge talks about Sauternes, and it’s a good idea…

P: very drinkable and direct, it replicates the fruity nose with good intensity. The wonderful waxy fog lifts and the malty character is now more evident: apricot croissant, orange, honey and a load of coconut. Milk chocolate, fresh figues and plums. Light vegetal notes here and there.

F: coconut to the Nnth degree, mixed cooked fruit and toasted malt.

Except for the high price, that doesn’t affect our judgment, it hasn’t any actual flaw. It’s round, fresh, intriguing and well balanced. The nose – so waxy and complex – is simply enchanting. If it had shown some extra intensity on the palate, it would have earned a +90 vote. We stop at 89/100, so – just to be clear – we really enjoyed it.

Recommended soundtrack: MaurizioL’amore è blu.

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