Whisky Review – Glenmorangie Milsean

Glenmorangie Milsean

46% ABV

Non chill filtered

£75.95 from Master of Malt
  

The latest in Glenmorangie’s private edition range. A limited edition release, bottled at 46% with no chill filtration. The whiskies in this range have pretty much all had no age statement, and been finished in a range of different casks. On this occasion this whisky has been finished in re-toasted Portuguese wine casks. I’m intrigued, I really liked Companta a few years back and that had quite a bit of red wine influence. Some like this style, some do not. Any which way, I can’t wait to check it out.  

Nose. 

On first pour the nose is quite light, creamy, buttery, with a backing of red berries, cherry and some pipe tobacco. After a few minutes in the glass the intensity of the fruit increases. New spicy aromas come forward now, some hot cinnamon, pepper and ginger. The toasted oak makes itself known with some oak char. The dark fruits are dried in nature with some raisin amongst dry cherry, red berries and raspberry. It’s a lovely concoction akin to an alternative fruitcake. 

Palate. 

Arrival is very fruity, long and intense, with a cherry led fruit basket, containing those previously encountered red berries from the nose. The development is slow and very interesting as things turn buttery with creamy intense vanilla taking the lead, almost bourbon like. The mouthfeel enhances this experience and is lovely and tongue coating. Spices enliven things with a cinnamon frosting like coating on the palate. Then fruit returns again, quite juicy and fresh. This is an exciting experience of a whisky. 

Finish. 

Lovely fruit juices and flesh continue through the long finish, with the warm buttery spices transcending into the chest giving a lovely feel good factor to this dram. 

Adding water. 

I really like this undiluted, so I’m going to go careful adding only a few drops. There is more vanilla on the diluted nose, with some of the spices dialled back a notch or two. The palate has a juicier fruit lead from the arrival into development, somewhat more integrated, with the vanilla not as prominent when diluted. There is a new found chewy Danish pastry note into the development continuing into the finish which is just as long and warming, but slightly less in the spicy department. Hmmmmm. I would probably stick with the undiluted in the future with this dram, but I can understand how others may like to soften things down a little. I would go careful with water though. 

Conclusion. 

Bloody hell, I’m quite surprised by this. It’s not as winey as I was expecting and really has a lot of variation throughout the experience. It really is delicious stuff, very different and quite frankly I really enjoy these differences. I’m not sure how traditionalists would take on it, but this is a successful maturation in my opinion and I’m loving it. 

Many thanks to Glenmorangie for the review sample

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