Single malt whisky - tasting notes

11 Apr 2010

Glenmorangie Original

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenmorangie

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that most people are not interested in € 200 bottles which they can’t find in their shop anyway. So let’s review a brand that’s very popular in bars and supermarkets: Glenmorangie.

Glenmorangie Original is their entry malt. It’s 10 years old and the only release in the current range that’s bottled at 40%.

Glenmorangie Original Glenmorangie 10 yo Original
(40%, OB 2008)

Nose: malty/fruity start with tangerine, ripe gooseberry, lots of pear and honey. Vanilla cream. Some caramel. There’s a buttery side to it that I don’t like too much, but overall not bad. Mouth: weak delivery. Again fruity. Apples, pears, oranges, but with less appealing flowery, even perfumy hints as well (geranium?). Slightly spicy and zesty. Almond. Dry oak. Finish: short but quite warm, with apple and nutmeg.

Not bad as an entry level malt with a sharp pricing. Not something I would actively recommend though. Around € 30.

Score: 74/100

Glenmorangie Original 1.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-04-11
  • Gal

    if we’re speaking glenmo, i’d recommend the Nectar D’or finished in Sauternes casks. much better than this “original”.

  • dede

    Islay malts, often are the best choice amongst supermarket malts, with Talisker 10yo and HP 12yo. But you’ve got to like peat !

  • Gal

    HP 12 is not a peat monster but it’s a damn good dram for a great price.

    same for the Talisker 10. i agree fully.

    now ruben, do i like peat? 😉

  • MSR

    Parece mentira que una marca como Glenmorangie que tiene excelentes whiskies como el Nectar d’Or, el 18 años, el Astar, el Signet, y tantos otros, tenga de base este 10 años que es tan pobre. Sí, muy pobre.

  • Ruben

    I’ll be reviewing the rest of the Glenmorangie range as well, so stay tuned.

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  • H.Diaz

    Nice to finally see reviews of whiskies I have actually seen on the shelf, or even heard of for that matter.

    Not sure how you do it, but your frequent posts keep me coming back.

  • Ruben


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  • Dr Dramkenstein

    Just had a dram from a fresh but older bottling of a 10yo Glenmorangie (older bottle shape) – Good … I like the buttery notes, works well with the vanilla and almonds. I agree the finish is short-ish, nice though!


  • Jacobfra

    Light Color and body are typical and nondescript. Nose begins with a dry sourness and proceeds to a bouquet of thick, partially digested food and ends with a hint of regurgitated cereal from a bad stomach bug. The pallet starts dead and reluctantly succumbs to a sour mix of acid, bile and rotten fruit notes. There is no finish worth mentioning, or rather, I don’t know -since the five or so times I was self-loathing enough to taste this “whisky,” I felt the instant and urgent need to quickly eat something with a strong flavor in order to drown out the putrid flavors of this offering. Are negative numbers allowed for a rating? Minus 93 points. Seriously, go back and nose it again, and tell me you don’t get the distinct aroma of vomit. Nasty. Anyone want my bottle? I have over half left.



  • Larry Symms

    totally agree. every sip tastes like I ate my own sick



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