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X by Glenmorangie Made For Mixing Review


4th June 2021
Review of X by Glenmorangie which has been made for mixing but as it turns out it is also good on its own.

With pubs and bars being closed during lockdown there is no doubt that the popularity of At-Home Whisky Cocktails has soared during these strange times, and with this the realisation by amateur At-Home Whisky Cocktail makers that the quality of the whisky cocktail is very much influenced by the quality of the whisky used in the cocktail and a cheap blended Scotch doesn't always produce a great cocktail.

So those amongst you who may perhaps dabble in making a long refreshing whisky cocktail during the warmer summer months as an alternative to just a straight dram of single malt will be intrigued to hear that the creative folks at Glenmorangie has released 'X by Glenmorangie', a new no age statement single malt which they have specially made for mixing.

X by Glenmorangie has been created using a combination of whisky aged in bourbon casks, and some finished in new char oak casks, it was crafted in collaboration with a range of top global bartenders and its richer taste is said to be perfect for tall, simple serves, which promise to refresh the way single malt whisky is enjoyed.

Described as luscious whisky with an extravaganza of flavours, from pear, vanilla and honeysuckle to orange sherbet and chocolate fudge, its sweet and rich taste is said to both complement and cuts through all manner of mixers, for delicious drinks.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, said: "X by Glenmorangie came from our dream of creating even more flavour possibilities, with a single malt that’s made to mix. Consulting with top bartenders, we crafted this sweeter, richer single malt for all those enjoying mixing at home.

"Luscious with vanilla and pear, succulent orange and honeysuckle, all drizzled with chocolate fudge, X by Glenmorangie is perfect paired with a favourite mixer. So, whether you’re planning a brunch or a date night or want to experiment with your own flavour combinations, this whisky will bring your drink the x-factor!"

Bottled at 40% ABV and with an RRP of £30, you will find X by Glenmorangie currently on offer for £26.96 from Amazon which also qualifies it for free delivery.
 

X by Glenmorangie Made For Mixing Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Some Scottish vanilla tablet and honey, a sweet citrus mix of orange and lemon which is joined by a little fresh apple and some slightly more prominent pear. A wee touch of sweet coconut is lurking in the background.

Taste: The vanilla, honey and fruit from the nose arrive with a delicious gentle candied sweetness, the coconut hinted at on the nose arrives alongside it in the form of coconut iced sweets and there is a lovely gentle spiced oak edge to it all.

Finish: Medium to long finish, gentle apple and pear, a little barley sugar sweetness which is bittered out by some gentle slightly drying oak spice, the apple and pear fades to leave some lingering honey.

Comment: This may have the X factor for mixing but it also has the G factor for drinking neat, unmistakably Glenmorangie, and quite a good one at that. I know it has been created for mixing which going by the cocktail I tasted below it does so very well, but it could also rival any young single malt for quality and most importantly taste pleasure.

It really is not surprising Glenmorangie has created this as the At-Home Whisky Cocktail market is huge these days. If you are playing safe in these strange times and you are staying home this summer I can happily recommend this to drink neat as a summer dram or equally if you want to get creative and make yourself, friends or family a long refreshing cocktail to sip on.

SMW Score 87/100
 

Glenmorangie X Grapefruit Cocktail


Here is the ingredients and method for the Glenmorangie X Grapefruit cocktail, I had it in a tall highball glass with crushed ice this afternoon and I have to say it really was deliciously refreshing.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Ingredients:
  • 50ml X by Glenmorangie
  • 55ml 100% Grapefruit Juice
  • 12.5ml Maple Syrup
  • 25ml Club Soda or Sparkling Water

Method:

  • Fill highball glass with crushed ice. Add X by Glenmorangie, grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Stir top with club soda or sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit slice.

#MADETOMIX X by Glenmorangie cocktails.

As I said the Glenmorangie X Grapefruit was delicious and I can highly recommend it as a long refreshing drink on a warm summers day.

To inspire mixing, Glenmorangie has designed a series of refreshingly simple serves – each needing just 2-4 ingredients and easy to make at home using X by Glenmorangie: They include takes on familiar classics such as Glenmorangie X Tonic, Glenmorangie X Cola and swizzle-style drinks for fun-filled occasions, Glenmorangie X Brunch, Glenmorangie X Date Night, Glenmorangie X Karaoke Party and more. The recipes for these can be found on Glenmorangie's website and on their social media channels.
 

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