Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Malaga Cask Finish Scotch Whisky

After the initial 8-year period of aging in ex-bourbon casks, this spirit gets transferred into rare casks that used to hold Spanish Malaga fortified wine for another 4 years. The whisky obtains rich dried fruit notes and is bottled at 94.6 proof.
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In 1738, a brewery was built upon Morangie Farm in the Highlands region of Scotland. A century later, William Matheson acquired the farm and equipped the Morangie brewery with two stills that he purchased second-hand, and renamed the brewery-converted-distillery Glenmorangie. Their Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using malted barley, which is mashed and fermented with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground being filtered through layers of limestone before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. In the 1980s, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, Glenmorangie purchased 600 acres of land around the spring in order to ensure a consistent and everlasting supply.

After the barley has been fermented, the wash is twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills by a team of 16 distillers known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. Glenmorangie's stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a purer flavor. In addition, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky.

Glenmorangie has several expressions that start their aging in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in more exotic ones. The 12-year-old Malaga Cask Finish is one of these. After its 8 years of initial aging it was transferred to first-fill Spanish Malaga fortified wine casks for an additional 4 years. Malaga is a sweet wine that is made with Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel grape varietals. These casks, chosen by Glenmorangie's Dr. Bill Lumsden, impart the non-chill-filtered whisky with rich dried fruit notes.

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Proof 92.6 (46.3% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Glenmorangie Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with a honey sweetness, mead, toffee, and freshly baked bread, as well as red fruit and a subtle herbal touch. It's oily on the palate with sultanas, raisins, dates, honey, brown sugar, citrus, and spice. Finishes long and gentle with a touch of nuts and oak.
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