Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 23-year-old Highland Single Malt was initially matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks. It then spent the ensuing 13 years in ex-red wine barrels sourced from Château Montrose in appellation Saint-Estèphe of Bordeaux. It was during this extended maturation period that they whisky developed it's extraordinary dark berry fruit flavors.
This exceptional vintage bottling was then rounded off by marrying it with whisky which was matured exclusively in ex-Bourbon casks, along with whisky from ex-Oloroso sherry casks as well as "further, secret casks" undisclosed by the distillery.
Glenmorangie's Director of Whisky Creation Dr. Bill Lumsden described this seventh edition of the Bond House No. 1 Collection: “The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1997 is dramatically different: lively with aromas of red berries, seductive spice, melting marzipan and floral notes. Inspired by my dream of expressive single malts and in the spirit of the kaleidoscopic style of Glenmorangie."
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 Tasting Notes:
Aroma: An amazing, fruity-perfumed complexity. Floral notes of roses, jasmine and cloves mix with aromas of red berries, mint toffee, pastries or cakes and top notes of sweets. With a little water more mild, floral notes of roses and cloves emerge, with a subtle spiciness of sweet chilli, cloves and ginger.
Palate: a slightly tingling, gently spicy taste is followed by a symphony of sweet candy flavors, red berry fruits with pineapple and pear and mandarin wedges in fruit jelly. With sweet notes of ginger and chili, fine marzipan and candied apples.
Finish: sweet, rich, long and delicately spicy.