Another quick review of Artein, an older bottling from Glenmorangie’s Private Edition series.
Glenmorangie Artein was finished in Super Tuscan wine barrels. What makes a Tuscan barrel so great that it’s designated as Super? I’m honestly not sure. Either way, the makeup of this 2011 release is a 2:1 ratio of 15 year old whisky to 21 year old whisky. Unlike later Glenmorangie private releases, the age is there. Is the quality there too?
|Nose||Oranges, raisins, clove, honey, lots of tart berries, the red wine influence is apparent, raspberries, perfumy, crushed grapes, nutmeg.|
|Taste||There's an interesting non-citrus (almost earthy) acidity to this, cranberries, more honey, red grapes, wood chips, malty, vanilla, cherries.|
|Finish||Plenty of baking spice, hot chocolate mix, malt-forward, key limes, the fruit is actually pretty subdued in the finish, some oak at the end. Medium-long length.|
|Overall Thoughts||I think the success of this Glenmorangie is more the product of some decent age rather than the finish itself. I'm not sure I would have been able to pick out the wine cask finish if I didn't know about it ahead of time. Still, the final product delivers just the same.|