Glenmorangie Cask Masters

Genmorangie Cask Masters

Last week I was invited to a Glenmorangie whisky tasting with a difference, the three drams on offer were each hand selected from three special cask types, Grand Cru Burgundy, Grand Cru Bordeaux and Manzanilla and we were asked to select our favourite, fortunately Dr Bill Lumsden was on hand to guide us through the tasting.

The name of this new initiative is Glenmorangie Cask Masters, and the  first stage of this journey is to assist Dr Bill Lumsden in choosing just one of the three casks.  Wait… that’s not all, there are a few more steps in the Cask Masters journey before the Whisky will be bottled and available, see below:  I am VERY interested in seeing and tasting the finished product.

  • Stage 2 of the process is naming the chosen whisky
  • Stage 3 is designing the packaging
  • Stage 4 is to chose the photographic style for this expression
  • Stage 5 to assist is celebrating the launch of the new special edition, selected by Bill and friends…

Glenmorangie Cask Masters

As you can see from our red carpet style pic (Julie Hamilton – Glasgow Whisky Club, Helen Stewart – Brand Manager SMWS), Cask B was our winner, but see below my tasting notes from all of the samples tasted:

Cask A – Grand Cru Burgundy Cask:
nose: earthy, mouldy, chewy, wet bark, rubber bands, dark choc truffles, overripe plums
taste: dusty, cocoa powder, wet matches, red fruit diluting juice, fresh vanilla pod

Cask B – Grand Cru Bordeaux Cask:
nose:
lemons and oranges, lemon curd, fresh pine needles, roasted nuts, nut roast, musky fragrant, spritely
taste: toast and lemon marmalade, vanilla essence, almond & lemon sponge pudding

Cask C – Manzanilla Cask:
nose: 
black olives, peppery rocket lettuce, dates & raisins, Garibaldi biscuits, dark chocolate, coffee creams
taste: sweet barbecue glaze, stewed Christmas fruits, hazelnut latte,  thick cherry concentrate

#CHANT – Cask B, Cask B, Cask B

The night was fun, busy and exceptionally well presented, it was great to see so many fellow bloggers, tweeters and writers there. Scottish Whisky bloggers “Edinburgh Whisky Blog” were there, you can read their tasting notes of the three casks here.

You can see what Bill has to say about the casks in more detail on YouTube:
Cask A – Find out more | Cask B – Find out more | Cask C – Find out more

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