Glenmorangie Astar
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla
  • oak
  • mint
  • spicy
  • cinnamon
  • honey
  • black pepper
  • white chocolate
  • caramel

Glenmorangie

Astar (0.7l, 52.5%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
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Astar means Journey in Gaelic. Don't stop believing.

The Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 when the Matheson brothers converted the Morangie farm into a distillery. It lies just north of Tain, on the wind-swept coastline of Easter Ross. Their stills are the tallest found in the Highlands - as tall as a giraffe, apparently - of the same design as those used in the 1880's which were actually second-hand gin stills. Which means that only the very lightest vapors make it to the top, giving a smooth and elegant Whisky.
 
In 2004 the distillery was sold to LVMH, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate and has since adopted a brave strategy of giving their drams French-sounding names, which apparently has payed out. Glenmorangie was Scotland's best selling single malt almost continuously since 1983 (it has recently lost the position to Glenfiddich). 
 
The Glenmorangie Astar has a long journey to make before it is ready for s(h)ipping. First, special casks are assembled using hand-select oak from the Ozark Mountains, Missouri. This wood has grown slowly enough to create a spongier and more porous wood which is perfect for welcoming the spirit and imparting the maximum amount of flavor. After that casks are air-dried (instead of kiln-dried) for at least two years. Then they are filled with Tennessee Whiskey and left to mature for four more years. Finally, the casks are transported to the Glenmorangie distillery for slow maturation of their Whisky.
 
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color         
Bright Gold.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Toffee, smoky vanilla , sweet malt and white chocolate. Cinnamon, ginger, cardboard. Fresh menthol , aniseed spices and Black pepper.  
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Crème-brulee, vanilla custard, pineapple, pears and apricots. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Spicy, peppery and bourbony. High tannins and quite oaky.
 
Finish
Strong and creamy.  Warm and spicy with a mix of almond, coconut, honey and oak.
 
Comment
A powerful dram that needs a drop or two of water to open up. 


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  • vanilla
  • oak
  • mint
  • spicy
  • cinnamon
  • honey
  • black pepper
  • white chocolate
  • caramel
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
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