Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Year Old Azuma Makoto Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This expression is a collaboration between Japanese floral artist Makoto Azuma and Glenmorangie. Aged 18 years in a combination of bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, it's a fittingly floral expression with an attractive floral design.
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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.

Makoto Azuma is a famous Japanese floral artist. This expression is a collaboration between Glenmorangie and the artist who was drawn to the whisky's floral profile. "It begins with rich, rounded aromas of dried fruits and honey, then unfurls into a bouquet of geranium, tuberose and jasmine. They dance on the tongue with honeysuckle and sweet pea, figs and nuts until the blossoms fade into a sweet and lingering finish," says Azuma of the 18-year-old spirit. The first 15 years were spent in bourbon casks, then a portion of the whisky was transferred into Oloroso sherry casks for another 3 years. Finally, the whiskies were blended together and bottled at 86 proof.

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Proof 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Glenmorangie Distillery
Size 750mL
You can expect rich and sweet aromas of dried fruit as well as complex floral notes. The palate is pleasantly sweet with honey, fig, date, as well as layered floral undertones. The finish is long with lingering dried fruit and nuttiness.
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