I tried these:
12yo Madeira wood Finish
12yo Sherry Wood Finish
12yo Port Wood Finish
12yo Burgundy Wood Finish
Cote de Beaune Wood finish
1987 Chateau Margaux Cask Finish
And the only one, which left me impressed was the Chateau Margaux Finish, so I daresay that Glenmos usually are mediocre. But on the the other hand I do very well understand Mr.TÂ´s:
I'm as much a cultural contrarian as anyone, but sometimes you have to admit that there's a good reason why something is as popular as it is.
There is no contradiction between his 'good reason for its popularity' and my 'they are usually mediocre'. Only 0.?? % of all people are malt-drinkers and only a small number off them are used to old stuff, sherrybottlings, peated malts and/or caskstrength or are able or willing to pay prices above 50 or 100 euros/gbp/$ for a bottle. So they are looking for mild, smooth, highly drinkable, available and affordable whiskys .....
and find Glenmorangie, which meets all these criteria!! Reason enough for itÂ´s popularity!!
And why do I still call it mediocre? Well, IÂ´m always looking for the specials, for the highlights and for particular charakteriscs. I like single cask bottlings often better than batch-bottlings, because of their higher level of charakteriscs, I prefer casksttrength to drinkingstrength.
And IÂ´m perfectly sure itÂ´s not only me, whoÂ´s looking for something else than smoothness, mildness and drinkablity and who will say glenmos are trivial.
There are still good reasons for Glenmos popularity, but there are different goals too.