Caramelized orange and peaches soaked in liqueur are immediately revealed before giving way to sugared almonds, raisins, lime and a hint of distant wood smoke.
Forest loam; modeling putty; orange marmalade; sea salt; lemon zest; creamery butter; burning oak with hints of peat smoke and wood spices.
A nice, gentle wood presence emerges in a way that evokes the same allspice that was noticeable in the nose. There's also a floral presence here like jasmine. The sherry presence in my glass is mercurial, to be sure. Fruit flavors emerge, yielding mandarin orange, Hachiya persimmon, marzipan and sour pie cherries.
Farmy, smokey charms are never far behind. There's also a charming essence of minerality. A coating note of dark chocolate with the impatient bite of virgin oak. Woody resins, together a splash of young spirit, create the sensation left in one's mouth from chewing tobacco, long after the “dip” is gone.
Medium in length with allspice, pepper corn, dark chocolate, lemon rind, and a gentle curl of peat smoke. No water is needed to fully appreciate all that this whisky has to offer.
Glenmorangie did it again with this expression of their private edition. A great balance between peat smoke, wood and spices.