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Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Review

23rd August 2017
After almost 10 years since the original release the Glenmorangie Astar returns with a 2017 Edition.

Glenmorangie Astar 2017The Glenmorangie fans amongst you will recall the Glenmorangie Astar which was first released back in 2008, well it is back, Glenmorangie have announced the release of a Glenmorangie Astar 2017 limited edition.

Just like the first release of Astar, Scots Gaelic for "journey", this latest release has been matured in bespoke oak casks from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, designed to impart the wood’s maximum flavour to the spirit.

The Astar’s custom-made casks began their journey in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, where Glenmorangie carefully selected slow-growth oak trees, for their porous structure. Staves were cut from these oaks to the Distillery’s exact specifications. Then, they were left to season in the open air for at least two years, to breathe and soften. After being coopered into oak casks, they were gently toasted to contribute further flavours of almond and coconut. Filled with bourbon, they were set aside to mature for four years to smooth away any rawness. Finally, they were emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with Glenmorangie’s delicate and complex spirit, for a long, slow maturation.

The original expression of Glenmorangie Astar launched in 2008 disappeared from the shelves of the whisky shops in 2012, I don't think Glenmorangie foreseen its popularity and given the time it takes to produce the casks to mature the Glenmorangie Astar it has taken Glenmorangie's whisky maker Dr Bill Lumsden 10 years to produce this new release of the whisky.

Glenmorangie say that the new limited-edition Astar displays all the smooth, creamy depths for which its predecessor was renowned. Bottled at a slightly lower strength of 52.5% ABV than the original release which was bottled at 57.1% ABV, it is non chill-filtered.

Glenmorangie Astar has an RRP of £74, which is considerably less than the £199 the original release currently sells for in specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange will be available in the UK from September from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deliciously enticing, rich, sweet nose, with honey, vanilla and a fruit cocktail of candied pear, lemon and pineapple.

Mouth coating sugary sweet fruit leads the way this is soon joined by some creamy vanilla fudge and a lovely oak spiciness.

Finish: Deliciously long. The fruit and sugars slowly fades leaving lingering honey and oak spices.

Comment: Top marks from nose to finish, I have to say I am a big fan of the Glenmorangie distillery, they certainly have an advantage in my opinion in that the quality of the spirit which comes out of their stills is top class and when matured in quality casks it is one of the best quality whiskies you will taste no matter what its age and this is a cracker. I got through a few bottles of the Astar back in 2008 when it was first released and I rated it very highly. I have to say the Astar 2017 is even better, the spice which was in the original Astar is more refined and not so in your face immediately but it is still there and balances very well with the delicious candied fruitiness and sweet vanilla and honey.

Welcome back Astar, I hope Dr Bill has more maturing in the warehouse to follow up this release as I am sure this will sell quickly once tasted and of course considering the 2008 bottling sells for £200 I am sure the collectors/investors will fancy a punt on this one at £74 a bottle.

SMW Score 95/100


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