ABV: 50.4% | VOLUME: 70cl
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Bold, creamy yet surprisingly subtle, our latest limited edition, Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve gives whisky lovers old and new a delicious taste of California’s sunlit vineyards.
Overflowing with floral, fruity brilliance, this sumptuous 25-year-old Highland single malt Scotch whisky is one of Glenmorangie’s most rare and unique creations. Finished in celebrated Californian Chardonnay wine casks, as part of an experiment which may never be repeated, just 1,000 bottles exist.
Glenmorangie’s whisky makers are endlessly creative on their quest to bring delicious single malts to the world. In Scotland’s tallest stills, whose necks are as high as a giraffe, they distil a more delicate spirit, ripe for experimentation. Then they age their whisky in the finest casks, sourced from far and wide. Years ago, Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation, discovered the prized Chardonnay white wines of the renowned Sonoma-Cutrer winery, in the Sonoma Valley – birthplace of Californian wine. At once, he began to imagine how their casks might bring a sumptuous richness to Glenmorangie’s spirit.
Dr Bill said: “I can almost taste the sunshine ripening California’s grapes, in our richly delicious Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer Reserve. Swirling with aromas of roses and carnations, and tastes of buttery vanilla, mandarin and pears, it’s as delicious as the whisky I imagined when I first tried Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnay wines, so long ago. Finished for 15 years in a small batch of these casks, which we have never used before at Glenmorangie, this single malt is an absolute one-off. Bold and creamy, yet still superbly subtle, it deserves to be enjoyed by whisky lovers old and new.”
Fresh and floral, with scents of carnations, roses and narcissi, heightened by a sweet waxy note. Glenmorangie’s hallmark tones of vanilla, pear and peach follow, with a gentle tang of mandarin orange. A splash of water reveals a flinty note and more mouth-watering mandarin, this time rich with Chantilly cream.
Almost sparkling textures bring a cascade of vanilla and Victoria sponge cake, laced with mandarin segments in syrup, zesty lemon and poached pears. Then a rounded oaky smoothness flows into bold buttery notes, coconut and almond, lifted by hints of pineapple and melon.
Subtle and honeyed, with final suggestions of cocoa powder, toffee apple and fudge.