In 1997, the distillery embarked on a remarkable journey by laying down its spirit in the finest bourbon casks. This marked the beginning of one of Dr. Bill's rarest wood experiments. After almost a decade of careful aging, a portion of this spirit was meticulously transferred into Château Montrose red wine casks. Sourced exclusively from the celebrated Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, these casks are so limited in supply that only a few could be obtained. The deep, rich color of the wine previously held in these casks is so profound that it is even reflected in the wood of the whisky's case.
Driven by curiosity, Dr. Bill sought to uncover the unique soft, red fruit notes that these casks could impart to the whisky. Venturing into uncharted territory with a finish never before attempted or replicated at the distillery, he aimed to create a Glenmorangie expression that would stand dramatically apart from the rest.
Thirteen years later, this single malt whisky had evolved into a masterpiece, teeming with extraordinary depths of berry flavors. Encouraged by this remarkable transformation, Dr. Bill embarked on the complex task of marrying various casks to enhance the whisky's unique taste. He skillfully combined whisky aged solely in bourbon casks to highlight Glenmorangie's signature citrus notes. Whisky finished for extended periods in oloroso sherry casks contributed layers of sweetness and spicy finesse, while a carefully selected array of secret casks added their distinct influence.
After maturing for a total of 23 years, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 now overflows with the luscious flavors of red fruits and candied sweetness, a true testament to the artistry and dedication that define its creation.
Tasting Note by Glenmorangie:
Nose: Astonishing, perfumed and fruity complexity. Floral notes of rose, jasmine and carnation intermingle with soft red fruits, mint toffee, pastry or cake mix and a sweet confectionery top note. With water, even more soft, floral top notes like roses and carnations emerge, with a very subtle spiciness like sweet chilli, clove and ginger.
Palate: A slightly tingly, gently spicy mouthfeel is followed by a symphony of sweet candy flavours, more soft red fruits, pineapple chunks and a taste reminiscent of pears and mandarin segments in fruit jelly. There are sweet ginger and chilli notes, gentle almond marzipan and vanilla toffee apple.
Finish: Sweet, rich, long and gently spicy.