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Glenmorangie release Amontillado Finish - the fourth whisky in Distillery’s Barrel Select Release series

Published: February 28, 2023

Glenmorangie Highland single malt Scotch whisky has announced the release of its Amontillado Finish, the fourth in its Distillery's Barrel Select Release series.

Available exclusively to whisky lovers in Australia and the UK, Glenmorangie Amontillado Finish 12 year old whisky has notes of cashews, clove and ginger with citrus tones.

A long-time fan of Amontillado sherry, Glenmorangie's whisky creator, Dr Bill Lumsden, has always adored its nuttier, spicier style.

Years ago, he began to imagine a unique, delicious whisky, which would entwine its casks’ distinctive flavours through the Distillery’s gentle, honeyed style. But since such casks are hard to come by, opportunities are few and far between.

Eventually, Dr Bill sourced a precious handful of Amontillado casks. Then he filled them with a soft, mellow whisky which had spent eight years in American white oak bourbon barrels.

Glenmorangie Amontillado Finish

Transferring it into the Amontillado casks, he left it to age for another four years, until it achieved the flavours he had dreamed of.

Finished in this way, the whisky has sherried hints of cashews, clove, ginger and dried fruit as well as Glenmorangie’s classic notes of peaches, orange and lemon balsam.

Dr Bill hand-selected the finest of those casks to be bottled for the Distillery’s Barrel Select Release.

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Of this, he said: “I have always loved the nuttier, spicier tastes of Amontillado – my favourite style of sherry. It’s such a delight to bring its casks’ sherried influences to our whisky’s signature delicate style for this special release.

“Aromas of dried fruit and cashews are balanced with peaches, while tastes of clove and ginger contrast wonderfully with orange and lemon.

"Our fourth Barrel Select Release, Glenmorangie Amontillado Finish, is a delicious treat for any whisky lover.”

Glenmorangie Amontillado Finish, priced at £75, is available exclusively through The Whisky Club Australia, at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre in Tain, and online in the UK at the Glenmorangie website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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