Individual Scotch Review - Glenmorangie 12 Malaga Cask

Individual Scotch Review - Glenmorangie 12 Malaga Cask

*For our individual reviews, we won't be using the same rating system as our group reviews.  We ask each Ram to give the "score" of - Dram, Bottle or Case.

Dram - try it first

Bottle - the review has conviction in this bottle and would be comfortable recommending someone purchasing a bottle to enjoy

Case - money being no object, having this as a constant in your rotation

The reason we wanted to share individual reviews as well is to give additional avenues and resources for readers to calibrate their palates with the different Rams.*


Foti's Review

So, what is Malaga wine?  It is a sweet and fortified wine that hails from Malaga, Spain.  The grapes used for this wine are either Moscatel or Pedro Ximenez.  If you like sweet dessert wine, you should try and fine some Malaga dulce. 

A Limited-edition 12-year-old single malt matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in casks that previously held one of the rarest fortified wines in the world - Malaga Dulce.

12 years @ 47.3% Alcohol and non-chill filtered, cask finish is a first fill Malag dulce wine. 

Tasted neat in my Glenmorangie copita glass, then added water and then an ice cube.  This was the neck/first pour so I will most likely revisit this. 

Color - Honeyed amber, beautiful color.

Nose - I get raisins, figs, a dessert sweetness, caramel, orange peel, honey. This is a wonderful Scotch to nose, lots of pleasant aromas keep you coming back for more. 

Palate - Dried fruit, orange, dates, a bit of chocolate…it’s got a nice mouthfeel. It’s sweet but balanced nicely with a nutty, malty kind of note. I really like this bottle, glad I bought a backup.  The finish is medium-long. 

A dash of water brings out more sweetness on the nose and on the palate, it toned out and muted that nutty note a bit.  I popped in a small ice cube and it really became a dessert wine, the honey notes were pronounced and I enjoyed it even more on this hot and humid day.  This dram is a winner no matter how you like to enjoy your whiskey.

Verdict - Bottle but tempted to grade it as "Case" because I would enjoy having this in regular rotation.  I will revisit this as it opens up and see if I adjust my score, but I don't hesitate to recommend it as a bottle worthy purchase.


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