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Glenmorangie Duthac Review

20th May 2015

Introducing Glenmorangie Duthac the first release in the new travel retail exclusive Glenmorangie Legends Collection.

Glenmorangie Duthac is a new travel retail exclusive whisky from the Tain distillery and the first release in the new Glenmorangie Legends Collection.

The Glenmorangie Duthac is a creative mix of whisky finished in Spanish Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and whisky finished in charred virgin oak casks which is sure to add some sweet fruit and spice to the signature Glenmorangie whisky we know.

It has been chill filtered and bottled at 43% ABV, it has a price tag of £59.99 and it is presented in a 1 litre bottle like all travel retail exclusive whiskies should be but unfortunately this is becoming less common these days. The whisky joins the outstanding limited edition Glenmorangie Dornoch launched last year which is also exclusive to travel retail but the the Duthac will be around when the Dornoch is long gone.

Like so many new releases these days there is a fascinating story behind the the whisky and Duthac certainly celebrates a fascinating story.

The new Glenmorangie Legends Collection celebrates stories from the lands that have been home to Glenmorangie since 1843. This first release in the collection was inspired by King James IV’s yearly pilgrimage to the saint’s shrine in Tain where the King often sought peace ahead of foreboding times. St Duthac’s shrine held a particular importance for the King of Scots, who felt such a personal connection with the saint that he made a six-week round trip to Tain each year for up to 20 years. The final leg of James IV’s journey to St Duthac’s shrine, through the Highlands and across the Cromarty Firth, became so renowned, it is still known as The King’s Route.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said: "Glenmorangie Duthac honours the pilgrimage of King James IV, who felt such an affinity for Tain and its patron saint – St Duthac. The paradox of flavours will take malt whisky enthusiasts on a journey of the senses through rich, dark notes of milk chocolate, toffee, Brazil nuts and spice, into the delicate sweetness of vanilla, apricots in cream and marzipan. Part-finished in casks which contained Pedro Ximénez – the King of Sherries – and in charred virgin oak, Glenmorangie Duthac provides a majestic balance of bold sweetness and intense spice."

The current Glenmorangie range is available from The Whisky Exchange

Glenmorangie Duthac Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  A delicately rich nose, orange citrus, ginger, vanilla, a hint of cocoa and a touch of almond lurking in the background.

Taste: Syrupy mouth feel. Sweet vanilla toffee, a touch of orange, a little stewed plum, hazelnut and almonds, mild creamy milk chocolate, a little cinnamon all coated in the gentlest touch of oak spice.

Finish: A medium length finish, with toffee, a little orange and oak spice. Slightly drying after a few mouthfuls.

Comment: No surprises here, it does what it supposed to given the casks used to finish it. I would say the PX sherry finished whisky makes up the bulk portion of the Duthac adding a rich sweet vanilla toffee'd fruitiness with the charred virgin oak complementing it with delicate oak spice. Difficult to guesstimate an age for this one, perhaps the use of new virgin oak to finish some of the whisky makes it harder to pin down but I would guess a creative mix of 8 to 12 year old.

Worth a try for any Glenmorangie fan passing through the airport but look out for the outstanding limited edition Glenmorangie Dornoch which is currently on the shelves at airports. The Duthac and the Dornoch have the same £60 price tag but the Dornoch is only a 70cl bottle but very much worth picking up when you are on your travels as it wont be around forever.

SMW Whisky Score 82/100

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