Whisky Review – Glenmorangie Tùsail

Glenmorangie Tùsail
46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
~£75.95 from specialist whisky suppliers.

Tùsail (Scots Gaelic for originary) is the latest bottling in the Private Edition range from Glenmorangie, is created using a rarer breed of barley known as Maris Otter. This barley tends to have a lesser alcohol yield than more traditional barleys used in whisky production. Maris Otter is used quite frequently in the production of ale. The winter barley being traditionally floor malted at Glenmorangie.

Nose.

Light, clean, fresh fruit nose. Nearly ripe banana. Citrus oil. Sweet shop sugar based sweeties. Sweet cigarettes. Refresher fruit chews. Light pineapple. Touches of pear drops. Powdered sugar. Some hot cinnamon spice if you get your nose in too deep. Some toffee and honey notes in the background with whiffs of floral. This is a very fresh fruit dominated nose.

Palate.

An initial soft sweet arrival, getting more vigorous into the development, with a little salt, some pepper spice, and alcohol heat, subsiding quite quickly to reveal thick, gentle fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is oily and thick. We have lots of thick barley maltiness, dry in the development, quite nutty, with walnut skins coming to mind. Some chewy malted barley notes and subtle citrus fruits.

Finish.

The nuttiness remains with some sugar sweetness returning, then a mainly dry finish, with continuing nuttiness, wood spices, pencil shavings and pear skin.

Adding water.

A few drops added to my rapidly disappearing dram. There is little change in the nose, possibly a little more spice up front, with the fruit still dominating nicely. This is a very fruity, juicy nose which I do like a lot. There is a touch more of the powdery sugar confectionary on the nose now. On the palate we have a more refined, constant gradual experience, fruit moving through the development more, but with still a nutty overtone. The finish retains a little of the fruit, and is still drying and nutty, with some added toffee, almost like a nut brittle bar.

Conclusion

A unique dram, I’ve not tasted anything like this before. The nose is fabulous, with lots of fruity goodness. The fruits are more slight on the palate, and a very different nuttier experience is had, the likes of which I hadn’t experienced before. It’s truly a unique barley.

This is going to be a very popular whisky being of the highly acclaimed Private Edition range from Glenmorangie. If you’re buying, for collection or enjoyment, I suggest a quick move would be needed. These things tend to sell out quickly!

Thanks to Glenmorangie for the review sample.

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