Glenmorangie 18 has taken "The Priz" — beating all comers in its category.
Located near Tain in the northern Highlands, the Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 when the Matheson brothers converted the Morangie farm into a distillery by the sea. The stills are the tallest in Scotland at 26’ — ensuring that only the lightest vapors make it to the top and resulting in a smooth, fresh, and elegant range of 23 fine single malt Whiskies. Glenmorangie is thebest selling single malt Whisky in Scotland and the rest of the UK, and one of Uncle Flaviar’s personal favorites.
If you're already a fan of Glenmorangie single malts, then you understand. If you are new to Glenmorangie, you — my friend — are in for a treat. The core single malt in the Glenmorangie line-up is a classic Highlander aged for a decade in ex-Bourbon casks. The 18 YO takes this winning formula up a few notches in complexity and sophistication by starting with an initial aging of fifteen years. Then about 1/3 of the spirit is placed into Oloroso Sherry casks for the remaining three years while the rest stays put. Both parts are then remarried for bottling. The end result is deliciously rich and sophisticated.
SmartАss Corner: In the cult fantasy-film hit The Highlander, after Connor MacLeod catches up with the lovely Brenda Wyatt at a local tavern where he orders a Glenmorangie — surprising and impressing the bartender.
What does Glenmorangie 18 YO Extremely Rare taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Glenmorangie 18 YO Extremely Rare and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Full disclosure: I'm NOT a fan of peaty or smoky drams, and I also don't have the breadth of experience to discriminate between the nuances of flavors like citrus/pineapple/spice. However, I know what I like, and my collection includes everything from Macallan 10 to Oban 10 to Balvenie 21. I have to put this Glenmorangie 18 ER at or near the top of my list. Fantastic for the price - my latest MaCallan 18 Double Cask can't touch this at 3x the price.
Smooth. Rich in taste.
This stuff is awesome. Dried fruit is the main characteristic. Plums, raisins, citrus. I even get like a raw pastry dough flavor on the finish. Very nice. Probably the best scotch at this price point. Similar scotches are $40-50 more at least
Absolutely outstanding dram. This bottle is a true joy and its sweet flavor and after taste can be appreciated by novice or experienced palate. Take a chance and grab a bottle...at this price...you will be pleasantly surprised.
Nothing compares to you.
Wow this is a fantastic bang for the buck. Very good!
Fabulous whiskey and happy with the Flaviar price of $100 - locally it sell for $120. Notes of fruit, honey and light citrus on the finish. Very smooth and no burn. No smoke or peat - for those who cherish that, look elsewhere
I’m normally an Irish Whiskey drinker but this Scotch is absolutely delicious!
One of my top five. Absolutely awesome whisk(e)y. Glenmorangie has NEVER disappointed me. BUT.....this rating is based on a neck pour so I will return with a final thought. 😉
Excellent. For the money, I prefer Lagavulin 16, but it’s close. This is more oak flavored, where the Lagavulin has more smoke and sherry. This has sherry, but it’s a little more subtle. I get the dried fruits also. Very complex, just not quite my favorite at this price point. If you’re not an Islay fan, this is probably a 9 or 10.
By far the best value and best nuance of a whisky at this price point I've had 2 bottles so far and I'm an addict I've never had such value hit so many parts of my palate and towards the end of the bottle I got a almost wasabi like citrus note in my nose don't come to my store I buy it as soon as it comes in unless I like ya
Smoothest scotch I have ever had
Awesome dram. Tried alongside the Glenlivet 18, Hibiki Master Select, Glenfiddich 15. All beautiful, but this won. So smooth and mellow.
And to think it's a value compared to a macallan 12
It seems Glenmorangie can do no wrong. It's worth the extra $20 bucks over the 'regular' 18.
very smooth, great flavor profile. Great over ice.
Glenmorangie does an amazing job with thier whiskys. This 18 YO is fantastic, oak, caramel, vanilla, honey notes, and super smooth. Worh the money!!
Very happy with this. Taste is of a much higher price Scotch. I have never had a better flavor and finish in a Scotch at this price range. Well exceeded my expectations. This will be a new staple in my cabinet. Cheers!
Nice, light, easy sipping scotch. No sherry but a smooth oak palate and finish. Finish is short-medium.
The house scotch.
Fantastic complexity. I'm not yet equipped to describe this. Probably my favorite so far, but spendy.
If I look up Glenmorangie 18 year old scotch outside of my account, you show it at 125.00. When I log in, and look it up, it cost 133.00. I want it at the 125.00 price.
That's not a review, bud. Try reviewing here and complaining somewhere else.
Incredible highland scotch. One dram in and already a favorite. Okay but not too much. Complex and smooth. Oak, Carmel, lemon, and vanilla. Really exquisite
This amazing whisky is now in my top 5 of all time. Wow
Full bodied and complex
Smooth and sweet w/no smoke. This has become my go to drink of choice!
It's an oakier, more complex version of the Original. It's a wonderful dram and one of my favorites!
Very smooth 18 YO scotch. Very little to no bite after each taste.
Got this as a gift. I savored every last drop
One of my favourite whiskeys to date! So smooth and subtle, you must nose this great whisky, it smells great and tastes just as good.
Mmm Glenmorangie, you never fail to impress
I enjoyed this so much I had a couple glasses very smooth, taste was awesome. Ive had glen mo 10 yr and 12 yr Lasanta and Lasanta is comparable. recommend without reservations
Incredibly smooth; the initial honey taste transitions to a very light floral finish. No hints of smokiness to my palate; this one should be appreciated neat. Almost qualifies as a dessert.
Sweet with oranges and subtle vanilla but runs a bit hot…a creamy finish gets a little overwhelmed by the heat which disappointed me. Very good but could have been so much better.
It’s above average. I was told to try this out by a friend and it has been a good one for a decent price.
Best ever. Smooth
So smooth, shared a bottle with a cheese maker friend of mine while sampling some of his new cheeses. Went down a treat.
If I could only drink one Scotch for the rest of my life, this would be it! Wonderful balance, and as smooth as it gets.
Excellent. Well balanced but with a slight sweetness towards honey and peach, but only slightly. No much smoke.
This is a smooth and delicious whiskey, but not worth the extra cost compared to Lasanta or Quinta Ruban. If the price were more in line with those 2 offerings, I would keep it replenished. Not sure why it’s called “extremely rare” when it’s in Costco’s all over the US.
One of the smoothest I've ever had. Honey and peach notes.
Nice, clean Highland
Sweet raisin smell and flavor. Taste like figs and a cool touch on the tongue. Not smokey, but a smooth sweet short finish. Highly recommend.
Extremely gently Whisky, beautiful notes of honey and figs, with dried fruits (caramelizad orange) and some spices. Once in the mouth you can feel some tropical fruits. Long aftertaste with a sweet finish
best scotch I've ever had
Nice nose and smooth. Overall was expecting more out this.
Holy shirt this is right up my alley. Right away you can smell raisin and vanilla. Taste has a little spice to balance out the sweetness and finish is smooth with one last bite and notes of fruit and lavender.
I’ve been a big fan of Glenmorangie’s expressions , and this one is no exception. The extra maturation of the 18-year brings out the qualities of its core product and makes something truly exceptional. Sherry notes are prominent on the nose, but it still retains the soft citrus notes of the Original. Honey and malted barley hit the tongue at first, but then smoothly transform into a sweet, lemony custard midway, and ends in a medium finish with nutty sherry after notes. If you’re looking for a centerpiece in your whisky collection, this is it.
nose: vanilla, oak, banana, creme brulee, a little lime
palate: creamy, sweet, a little nutty, caramel
finish: medium long finish, buttery. nutty, vanilla extract, coconut, a little oak, honey
Overall: very balanced, highland with no smoke , didn't try in tulip glass though
Initial taste was what I expected, but a little strong on the floral notes in the end
Can’t remember, but remember it was lovely!
Wonderful color, aroma and taste. A great addition to any home bar. Pleasant from beginning to end.
Extraordinary. Regular in my bar.
Excellent sub-$200 scotch.
Almost a 10, citrusy with a nice balance but not overbearing smokiness. Great balance. Always a go to!!
Citrus, fruity, awesome!
The drinkability is only bested by its elegantly bright flavor profile. Exceptional.
I was not impressed. Maybe mine was a bad bottling/cask? Nose was light and neither pleasant nor repugnant. Taste was lacking. Finish was short. Nothing terrible but not enjoyable. Almost as if they accidentally put 8 year old whiskey in the bottle.
Very nice smooth taste. Great price.
Best scotch I've ever had so far.
One of the most well balanced scotch in the $100 price range. While each person will taste different notes, I enjoy the light smoke against the slight honey sweetness. I recommend enjoying with a few whisky stones to give it a slight chill without watering down.
An excellent dram from Glenmorangie and one to add to the whisky collection.