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Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996


16th July 2020
Glenmorangie unveil the 6th release in their Bond House No.1 vintage series, the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996Glenmorangie today unveiled the next release in their Bond House No.1 Grand Vintage series of of single malts, the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 which is scheduled to launch here in the UK at the end of this month.

The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 is a 23 year old single malt whisky, making it the oldest whisky release from the Highland distillery to have matured solely in first fill ex-American Bourbon casks which they have sourced from the Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, bespoke casks which they have selected specifically to reveal new levels of creaminess in Glenmorangie.

First fill ex-American Bourbon cask releases from the Glenmorangie distillery have been rare in the past but if previous releases are anything to go by, such as the two outstanding Glenmorangie Astar releases and the sometimes overlooked but equally stunning Glenmorangie Millennium Malt 12 year old limited release, this new Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 should be very interesting indeed although given its age whisky fans will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets if they want to taste this one which has a £635 price tag.

Interestingly whisky writer and reviewer Jim Murray must have got hold of a pre-release sample of the new Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 as he has rated it very highly in his Whisky Bible 2020, scoring it at 95/100, which is high praise for the whisky as Jim is known to have a particular liking for Glenmorangie so a rating from Jim as high as this can be considered a good indication of the quality of the Grand Vintage 1996.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation, Glenmorangie said: "Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 wonderfully demonstrates how we can bring our most extraordinary dreams to life. The oldest whisky we have ever aged in our bespoke casks, its fresh, floral aromas and luxuriously creamy tastes are gloriously enhanced by age. A delicious step on from Glenmorangie Astar, this limited edition will be adored by whisky lovers old and new."

The whiskies of Glenmorangie’s Bond House No. 1 vintage series are created from some of the Distillery’s most prized parcels of aged whisky, for particularly delicious results. The series is named after the largest of Glenmorangie’s 19th century Bonded Warehouses. For generations, Warehouse No. 1 was home to casks of maturing spirit until in 1990, it was transformed into a majestic new still house. Today, Bonded Warehouse No. 1 is the heart of the Distillery’s wondrous whisky creation.

For the whisky collectors and completionists amongst you the line-up of the six whiskies released to date in the Glenmorangie Bond House No.1 Grand Vintage Series are:
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990, released in 2016. The inaugural expression in the new collection, matured in mainly ex-bourbon casks and a small amount of ex-sherry casks.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989, released in 2018. The first Glenmorangie expression to be part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1993, released exclusively in Travel Retail in 2018, was awarded gold at the 2018 Global Travel Retail Spirits Masters.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991, released in 2019. A marriage of two profoundly different whiskies, one was finished in Oloroso sherry casks for sweetness and spice, the other, was finished in Burgundy casks for earthy and truffle notes.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1995, The 2nd travel retail exclusive in the series, released exclusively in Travel Retail in 2020, scored 89 points out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020.
     
  • Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996, released this month, July 2020. A 23 year old single malt whisky, making it the oldest whisky release from the Highland distillery to have matured solely in first fill ex-American Bourbon casks

The new Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 will be available in the UK from the end of July with a RRP of £635, you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 Review


Bottled at 43% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright sunburst gold.

Nose: Fresh, floral and perfumed, with hints of roses, carnations, jasmine and a curious herbal note like coriander. Luscious mandarin orange and pear follow, with a beautiful candy sweetness, reminiscent of mixed fruit jellies. A splash of water releases even more floral notes of carnation and geranium, along with some soft, buttery vanilla.

Taste: A zesty, citrus mouthfeel leads into a powerful burst of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, kept under control by the thread of soft, sweet vanilla and fudge. The finesse for a whisky of this age is quite remarkable, with gentle spices, such as ginger and sweet chilli and subtle oaky notes.

Finish: Delicate and dancing with almonds, pear and cake mix.

 

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