Glenmorangie Artein, 46%

Price: $80 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Artein is the third release in Glenmorangie's Private Edition range, with ‘artein' being Gaelic for stone. The expression comprises two-thirds 15 year old and one-third 21 year old whisky, finished in ‘Super Tuscan' wine casks. Briefly pear drops, then vanilla on the nose, with developing peaches and apricots, shot through with mild ginger. Viscous, mouth-coating, intense, dark fruits, spice, aniseed, and late onset of cloves and blackcurrant cough medicine on the palate. The finish is fruity, long, and herbal.