Glenmorangie Artein Releasedon Jan 05 in Editorial, Scottish, Single Malt Whisky, Speyside by dan
The world famous distillers Gelenmorangie have released yet another addition to the core range of whiskies. The Glenmorangie Artein (Scots Gaelic for “stone”) will sit along side the other expressions very nicly in our opinion having been extra matured “Super Tuscan wine casks“. It look great, sounds great and the only thing left to do is get my greedily rubbing mits on a bottle. When we know more you will too.
Also: keep an eye out for our nectar d’or review coming out soon.
Here is what thier press release says:
Glenmorangie is proud to announce the launch of Artein, the third release in the award-winning Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for stone, Artein is an assemblage of 15 and 21 year old single malts, extra matured in Super Tuscan wine casks.
Stone has always been at the heart of the making of Glenmorangie; unusually, the distillery uses hard water from its own source – the Tarlogie Spring – which slowly filters through layers of limestone, adding rich minerals that contribute to the whisky’s complex fruity aromas. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone, an ancient stone of symbolic significance, stands close to the distillery and has been used as a motif for the whisky.
Widely regarded as an innovator and pioneer in extra maturation, Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, felt strong affinity with a highly-talented group of Super Tuscan producers, celebrated for breaking with Italian wine tradition. Tuscany’s rugged, stony coastal hills seem an improbable area for vineyards. However, the stones play an important role in the development of these fine wines as the vines delve deep into the soil seeking nourishment; the intense flavor of the grapes is a result of this terroir.
Dr Lumsden comments:
“Wine is one of my huge passions and I was fascinated by the role stony ground played in cultivating the vines – therefore influencing the flavour profile of the famed Super Tuscan wines. I was inspired to experiment with extra maturing Glenmorangie in these wine casks and was thrilled with the result – a rich, outstandingly fragrant whisky – born of stone.”
Glenmorangie Artein has been crafted from hand-selected American white oak ex-bourbon casks of 15 year old and 21 year old whiskies (in the ratio of 2:1) subsequently extra-matured in Super Tuscan wine casks.
Glenmorangie Artein has a nose of ripe red berries, honeysuckle and fresh mint. On the palate, ripe apricots, peaches and plums harmonise gracefully with hints of spearmint and cherries in milk chocolate. Glenmorangie Artein has a long finish with high notes of zesty, lemon sherbet and a flourish of creamy cappuccino.
Bottled at 46% ABV, Glenmorangie Artein will be available globally, and in the UK at specialist retailers at £69.99.
Glenmorangie Artein joins the Private Edition range, comprising the highly-esteemed Finealta and Sonnalta, named Best Single Malt Scotch* by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2012.
* No Age Statement (Multiple Casks) category