Côte d’Or Barriques – 43% abv 1L Duty Free
I remember Glenmorangie being among some of the first Single Malt Whiskies I tried. It was a big brand name and widely available whether it be in bars or friends’ homes. It was a very “accessible” whisky for a newbie like me.
This bottle was purchased at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on the way home after a visit to Paso Robles wine country. We had some time before our flight home to Vancouver so we hit the Duty Free shop. Usually it’s a window shopping exercise but I remember specifically that my bosses at the time saying, “Get in there [to the whisk(e)y section] and get something!” I can’t remember the exact selection available but likely an offering of Glenmorangie with their various wood finishes – likely Port and Sherry. I had tried other whiskies with these finishes before so that is likely why I chose the Burgundy finish as it was the first non-fortified “wine” cask finish I had seen. Combine that with the Duty Free price and a 1 L format? SOLD!
I don’t have any tasting notes from the time I first opened the bottle, but it is one that has been enjoyed often.
Since this was purchased, the distillery no longer produces this expression and has repackaged their line up. It was actually a tweet from a friend @MaliaYoskia that showcased a taster pack with 4 expressions that spurred me to look for this bottle to post some tasting notes.
C: old burnished gold
N: light floral, almonds, clover honey, vanilla sugar cookie
P: up front bourbon sweetness with a slight tingle (from abv?) ; medium, plush, creamy, fruit from the wine cask comes through and sweetness continues with a touch of subtle spice
Jameson Irish Whiskey 12 Years Old Distillery Reserve 40% abv
This bottle was a souvenir gift from a visit to the Midleton Distillery in County Cork in 2002, and there continues to be a “Distillery Reserve” offering available only from the distillery itself. I had forgotten that it had been signed by Master Distiller, Barry Crockett, at the edge of the label.
Aromas of cedar, orange marmalade, spice, Christmas pudding; ex-bourbon sweetness and vanilla at the front of the palate, pronounced spice but not overpowering; sherry wine sweetness at the back with burnt orange; soft lingering finish.