For its ninth Private Edition series, the venerable Highland whisky house Glenmorangie has released its first single malt aged in American ex-rye whisky casks. In the late 1990s, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky, travelled to the United States, where he was inspired by the elegant cinnamon and clove notes of rye whisky. “I have always loved American rye whisky’s spicy character, and I believed our Distillery’s smooth house style would perfectly complement the nuances of ex-rye casks,” he says.
Glenmorangie Spios is the result.
It is a sophisticated, savoury and spicy take on classic single malt. (“Spios” is Gaelic for “spice.”) It’s full-bodied, with notes of cherry and clove on the nose, bursts of cinnamon, vanilla and toffee on the palate, and a lingering sweet finish. Glenmorangie Spios retails for $149.99 at select BC Liquor Stores.
—by Joanne Sasvari