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08 Oct 2009

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenmorangie

The Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is the first expression in the “Private Collection”, a range of limited editions sold in travel retail (although by now it’s available in regular shops as well). It was finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks after maturation in white oak ex-bourbon casks.

 

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
(46%, OB 2009)

Nose: aromatic and luscious. A very complex play of chocolate, raisins and toffee. Vanilla, cinnamon, ginger. Richly sherried but it respects the original spirit, with hints of apricots, honey and oranges. Wonderful notes of roasted nuts. Sweet, rich and quite magical. Mouth: good mouthfeel with vanilla, lovely coffee beans and blood oranges. Sweet and coating but never too sugary. Soft pepper. Tobacco. Plums and berries. Nice balance between malty flavours and the sherry again. Very polished. Finish: long and creamy, on demerara sugar and spices.

I must admit that until now, Glenmorangie had a rather commercial image in my opinion, with a well composed but harmless profile. This is totally different though, quite unique and very drinkable. Very modern and meticulously designed but the result is great. Around € 70 for 1 liter.

Score: 89/100

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-10-08

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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