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Review: Glenmorangie “Finealta”

September 22nd, 2010

This one is available only in Travel Retail for now, but I expect it to be imported to the U.S. early in 2011. (My review bottle was 750 ml, so the 750 ml U.S. release size Finealta has already been bottled. That’s a good sign.)

It’s not super- peated. I wouldn’t expect it to be. They don’t want to mask all of Glenmorangie’s suble complexities.

Glenmorangie Finealta, 46%, $80
Glenmorangie enters the world of peated whiskies (like everyone else these days—not that I’m complaining). Richly textured layers of sweetness (vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate), fruit (tangerine, orchard fruit—especially ripe cherry), roasted nuts, mushrooms, hint of menthol, and gentle smoke. Certainly entertaining, even if the whisky doesn’t always seem to know what it wants to be. The soft sweetness mid-palate is balanced nicely by dried spice and smoke on the finish. Curiously enjoyable.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88

7 Responses to “Review: Glenmorangie “Finealta””

  1. B.J. Reed says:

    Nice addition to Bill’s vintages of GlenMo – Will be fun to try it

  2. Red_Arremer says:

    John, I’m interested in this mushroom note. Are these marinated white mushrooms, portabello, or what?

  3. smsmmns says:

    John, is there any indication in the release or on the bottle as to the source of the peaty character? Is it made of peated barley? Is it Glenmorangie finished in peaty casks? other?

  4. JohnM says:

    Looking forward to the Glenmorangie Esperanto.

    Taste is everything, as the ad says, but I can’t help but be put off slightly by the names of the Glenmorangie whiskies. They know what they’re doing, though. I’ll probably buy a bottle.

  5. DramOfScotch says:

    What a tasty dram! I was able to purchase it at Binny’s in Chicago. See here for my take on it:
    http://www.dramofscotch.com/2011/06/glenmorangie-finealta/

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