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Glenmorangie Original Will Now Be Bottled At 12 Year Old


9th July 2024
This is big news in the Scotch whisky world, Glenmorangie has announced that its flagship single malt whisky, the Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old will now be bottled as a 12 Year Old. The same maturation journey in a combination of first fill and refill American ex-bourbon oak casks, just for 2 years longer.

Glenmorangie Original 12 Year OldGlenmorangie has announced that its flagship single malt whisky, the Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old will now be bottled as a 12 Year Old. More often than not it is the Glenmorangie Original I would reach for
to check my palate is in tune before reviewing a new whisky and I would say that it is one of the best quality and consistently good drams for your money by far, so I consider it is a big move for the powers that be at Glenmorangie to decide to let the whisky mature for a further 2 years before bottling it.

As I am sure many of you already know through Glenmorangie's limited releases and and core range of whiskies, Glenmorangie's whisky creators are always exploring new flavours and possibilities for their single malt. They tell me that through their experiments, they discovered that their signature whisky's flavours were even more luscious at 12 years old than at 10 years and they have taken the bold decision to now age all Glenmorangie Original for 12 years.

When Glenmorangie’s tasting panel began experimenting with The Original they discovered that this smooth single malt gains extra silkiness, sweetness, and complexity when aged for 12 years instead of 10. Thus, Glenmorangie decided to share a reimagined Original to bring more joy to whisky drinkers worldwide. Swirling with creamy vanilla and a rush of citrus, layered with honey and peach, the Original 12 Year Old single malt is said to take The Original 10 Year Old's kaleidoscope of flavours to new heights of deliciousness. Some critics have already responded with delight, awarding it a coveted gold medal at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2024.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, said: "In 1984 when I was studying in Edinburgh for my PhD, I tasted single malt scotch whisky for the very first time. That whisky was Glenmorangie. I'll never forget my first magical sip and how I became beguiled by its complex range of flavours. During my many years at Glenmorangie, I have always aimed to keep the whisky true to my memory of that first taste. However, recently my team and I started to wonder whether we could reimagine our flagship expression, The Original, for even more deliciousness. The result is The Original 12 Years Old! Smoother, creamier and even more complex, I like to think it "turns up the volume" on our signature whisky’s classic notes of orange, vanilla, peach and honey."

I haven't tasted the new Glenmorangie Original 12 Year Old yet but when I do I will let you know what I think, in fact I will do a head to head review with the 10 Year Old and let you know my opinion, so watch this space.

Just as a sidenote, if you enjoy the Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old I would suggest you grab yourself a few bottles for your own archives before it disappears as it is being replaced worldwide with the Glenmorangie Original 12 Year Old.

The Glenmorangie Original 12 Year Old has a RRP of £40 and will be appearing on the shelves of whisky shops, off licenses and supermarkets worldwide from this month, and you will no doubt soon find it available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Glenmorangie Original 12 Year Old Review


Matured for a minimum of 12 years in a combination of first fill and refill American ex-bourbon oak casks. Bottled at 40% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Citrus and ripening peaches are balanced by vanilla softness.

Taste: Vanilla emerges, then gives way to a burst of flowery fruitiness.
 

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