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Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Elagabalus » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:26 am

Glenmorangie PortWood Finish has anyone ever tried this. Glenmorangie is a Speyside malt right?

Glenmorangie has the Portwood finish, Burgundy finish, and Sherry finish. Do you have a favourite?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:31 am

Glenmorangie is in Tain, in the northern highlands, not Speyside. If there is such a subregion, its fellows would be Glen Ord, Dalmore, Clynelish/Brora, and Pulteney.

It has been a long time since I've had any of these, so I have no comment, but if you look at the tasting notes of the forums--first topic under "Whisky Tastings"--you will find notes on several of these.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:45 am

There are quite a few threads on port finishes, as TH says.
A quick answer though, Glenmorangie were pretty much the first to present finishes to a wider audience inthe late 90s. The port wood is one of their successes and still remains the benchmark that few other producers few attain.
As for their other finishes, everyone has their own tale to tell :wink:
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Postby Admiral » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:39 pm

It's a very good malt when they get it right....the bottlings have been a bit variable over the years, but when it's good - it's great. The port adds a delicious winey sweetness that complements the Glenmorangie's natural dryness.

A quick answer though, Glenmorangie were pretty much the first to present finishes to a wider audience inthe late 90s.


I remember Jens Tholstrup from Glenfiddich once telling me that Balvenie was the first to try 'finishing'. Yes, Glenmorangie certainly took it to the masses, but I've always wondered whether Jens was right or not.

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Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:46 pm

Glenmorangie Portwood...I've had 2 in the last few months, perhaps inspired by fond memories(it was a favourite some years back) and low prices at christmas...

They didn't last long. Say no more!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:06 pm

Only tried it once - but really liked it. Will probably buy a bottle of it later sometime.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:24 pm

My tasting narrative..

Score 77 (slightly above average, just below reccomendable).

Sm Glenmorangie NAS Port Wood Finish (43%, OB, circa 2006) This is the bottle I bought at duty free in Charlotte, $35. Nice deal! Drank it while off duty from a conference I was attending in Costa Rica. I did not take many notes, but enjoyed the malt fairly well. I did note that the Port seemed to be almost a separate element, not well integrated with the malt. This is why it did not achieve a higher score. Enjoyable. The best thing is how and where I drank it. The Hotel Castillo, my room at a little nook with big windows and a table, a great view of the city and mountains. At night, after the conference, it was a great place to have a dram. Nothing really like a good malt and a good view. Life is good.
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Postby middlecut » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:08 am

Personally I love the Glenamorangie port wood. It starts with a healthy liking of glenmorangie, which I find full of christmassy fruits. (appart from the 18yo which I think is over priced and a weaker expression than the younger barrels).
Here are my tasting notes so far for the Port Wood but I will update them soon ( it was late in the evening when these notes were made and they are not complete)
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Tonight I profiled the Madeira Wood and here are my full notes:
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as soon as I finish my profile for the port wood you will see it reflected in the profile link (it won't be long as I have a bottle on my shelf right now).

happy Drammin'
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Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:46 am

"Personally I love the Glenamorangie port wood. "

Me too. another old favourite recently revisited thanks to christmas offers...

...but in the meantime i really got to know and like the standard 10. just as good. Different...and perhaps a tad more consistent from bottle to bottle.

We have similar tastes!
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Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:27 pm

Glenmorangie Port wood and Madeira were excellent when I had them years ago.

Glenmorangie changes with wood rather than with age. The sherry cask isn't especially good and I find it unpleasantly sharp and not good value.

Any bottling which is 100% first fill bourbon is always excellent and livelier than the 10 (50% first fill/50% second fill).

Also brilliant is the marvellously sweet Golden rum finish.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:39 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:
Glenmorangie changes with wood rather than with age. .


That is a very interesting and insightful statement, or at least it strikes me as such.
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:49 pm

It's good, but not a favorite. I prefer the Madeira or Burgundy wood cask finished versions, very very good. But still, that 10y standard bottling is an excellent everyday whisky!
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Postby Admiral » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:12 am

Any bottling which is 100% first fill bourbon is always excellent and livelier than the 10 (50% first fill/50% second fill).


Anyone tried the Artisan Cask or the recent releases from the SMWS, i.e. 125.1, 125.2, 125.3, 125.4, 125.5, and 125.6 ?

These were all terrific Glenmorangies, and - as Bruce says - demonstrate that Glenmorangie in 100% first fill bourbon casks makes for great whisky.

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Postby Bullie » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:36 am

Out of the Glenmorangie Wood series I like the Port the least. The Burgundy on the other hand is a great dram. :)
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Postby BruceCrichton » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:49 pm

Di Blasi wrote:It's good, but not a favorite. I prefer the Madeira or Burgundy wood cask finished versions, very very good. But still, that 10y standard bottling is an excellent everyday whisky!


The burgundy wood finish tastes like dodgy wine spiked with vinegar.

A serious alternative to regular toilet unblocking fluids. :(
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Postby Drrich1965 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:09 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:It's good, but not a favorite. I prefer the Madeira or Burgundy wood cask finished versions, very very good. But still, that 10y standard bottling is an excellent everyday whisky!


The burgundy wood finish tastes like dodgy wine spiked with vinegar.

A serious alternative to regular toilet unblocking fluids. :(


Cone on Bruce, don't hold back, tell us how you really feel. :wink:
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Postby Badmonkey » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:57 pm

The Port Wood Finish has been a popular introduction to whisky for some of my friends. I haven't owned a bottle in about two years, but it was always one that I enjoyed and which was good value for the money.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:17 am

BruceCrichton wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:It's good, but not a favorite. I prefer the Madeira or Burgundy wood cask finished versions, very very good. But still, that 10y standard bottling is an excellent everyday whisky!


The burgundy wood finish tastes like dodgy wine spiked with vinegar.

A serious alternative to regular toilet unblocking fluids. :(


Sounds like a bad bottle, or something you ate or drank before it. Give it another try, another bottle, another day.
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Postby Admiral » Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:01 am

I trust Bruce hasn't been drinking toilet unblocking fluids in order to make the flavour comparison? :D :wink:
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Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:21 am

Di Blasi wrote:
BruceCrichton wrote:
Sounds like a bad bottle, or something you ate or drank before it. Give it another try, another bottle, another day.


No chance. I had it at the whisky fringe and nothing was anywhere near as poor a whisky, if it was indeed a whisky and not diesel with rusty nails in it.

And no, I haven't tasted that either. 8)
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Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:03 am

"Anyone tried the Artisan Cask ?"

Yes, Admiral. a free sample at Oddbins, but didn't shell out for it as it was beyond my budget at that moment(+ I had my eye on an Ardbeg...)

...but I did consider it! Very good it was. Dare I say(from rusty memory) it reminded me of the 10 YO on steroids(the whisky, not me!)
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Postby martin grant » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:54 pm

The choice of whisky I pour for myself depends very much on my mood, but Artisan cask is pretty much my summer evening dram. Sat out on the patio it's a fantastic dram. To me it displays the typical Glenmorangie style but with added citrus and lime notes. Very summer. Very tasty. Roll on the lighter evenings and warmer nights.
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby EdipisReks » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:14 am

sorry to dredge up an old thread, but i thought it would be better than starting a new one.

i just got a bottle of the Portwood, and i think it's delicious. delicate, fruity, almost drambuie sweet, but with an undercurrent of the sea, seeping in on the finish. this is going to be my dessert malt; it would be great with a nice Creme Brulee, i think.
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby woodhill » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:16 am

EdipisReks wrote:sorry to dredge up an old thread, but i thought it would be better than starting a new one.

i just got a bottle of the Portwood, and i think it's delicious. delicate, fruity, almost drambuie sweet, but with an undercurrent of the sea, seeping in on the finish. this is going to be my dessert malt; it would be great with a nice Creme Brulee, i think.

It's great you enjoyed that, its a fantastic whisky. Sadly it's been discontinued now so stock up whilst you can!
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby woodhill » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:53 am

lawschooldrunk wrote:I still see tons of the old glenmorangie finishes around.


Here in the uk Most supermarkets were knocking ou the old ranges at silly prices in time for the new line to come in.
We got
Port & Burgundy Wood £13.49
Golden Rum £9.99
15 YO £14.99

however a lot of the specialist whisky retailers responded by putting up their prices (I saw the 15yo for £43 recently) and claimed they were discontinued stock - hence rarer and more valueable.
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby les taylor » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:08 am

woodhill wrote:
lawschooldrunk wrote:I still see tons of the old glenmorangie finishes around.


Here in the uk Most supermarkets were knocking ou the old ranges at silly prices in time for the new line to come in.
We got
Port & Burgundy Wood £13.49
Golden Rum £9.99
15 YO £14.99

however a lot of the specialist whisky retailers responded by putting up their prices (I saw the 15yo for £43 recently) and claimed they were discontinued stock - hence rarer and more valueable.



Where can you get the 15 year old? Not seen it around here for ages.

Now I'm serious here, if you can get it would you get a couple of bottles and send it to me? Or is it no longer around.

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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Leither » Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:57 pm

Les, G15 was £15 at Asda a few months back, all gone now though.

You need to pay more attention to the 'Supermarket deals' thread, posted early October:

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2778&p=105764&hilit=asda+glenmorangie#p105764

I always post here after I see a good deal, but due to the increasing number of lurkers I tend to grab the booty first before making all aware.

As I always say, and sorry for repeating myself here, you can easily check Asda/Tesco etc prices online for stores near to you before driving round them all :thumbsup:
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Leither » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:35 pm

Cheers C57, that is one quick way but not bang up to date - it states 'Prices checked between 07 January 2007 and 09 January 2007'.

Deals, especially on Malts, go quick!

Best way on Tesco is to register your postcode for delivery and you can check the inventory for the store or stores nearest to you.

For example, I'm often on business in Inverness and can check their prices too by registering that address as one of my delivery addresses. All tescos have different stocks, 24 hour ones being the best :thumbsup:
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Secesh » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:43 pm

PortWood: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
SherryWood: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Dscotland » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:19 pm

Les , i`ve sent you PM of somewhere you could try for the 15yr Glenmorangie
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:03 pm

Who's had the new Quinta Rubin finish?

I thought it was even better than the old Port finish.
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:10 am

I didn't!
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby jazz lover » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:44 pm

I find the standard 10 year old
and the port finish the best of
the standard line up.I have
the fino finish not tried it yet.
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Re: Glenmorangie PortWood Finish

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:01 pm

Collector57 wrote:Damn you all! Now you've gone and made me pour a dram of the Portwood, depleting my small stock!
What did you do that for?
But it was worth it. It's a lovely whisky
Oh I really feel for you. Mine's been open for awhile now and may be up for drainage in the next batch of 10.

I'd love to replace it, but there are always newer whiskies to take it's place with. So little time, so much whisky .... and on the time note, here's an appropriate quote I just received that I rather like...
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again." -Og Mandino

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