Glenmorangie 10 Year Old – The Original

A brief review of the ubiquitous Glenmorangie 10 year old.

The 10 year old ‘Original’ Glenmorangie is head of distilling, Dr Bill Lumsden’s favourite expression in the range.

I’ve had it several times in the past, but (to my shame) often not actually properly ‘tasted’ the drink, so it’s time to put that right.


Golden Straw.


There’s a sharp youthfulness in the nose, a little acetone, some honey but a slightly overpowering raw alcohol smell which was surprising given it’s been reduced to 40%.


Quite a thin spirit, there is a pleasant honey sweetness with some vanilla.

Not a long finish, slightly dry with some of the pear sweetness coming through. Lacks much in the way of complexity.

Water changes it as expected, the nose settles down and more honey sweetness comes out in the flavour. A little bitterness appears in the finish and the dryness remains.


I like Glenmorangie 10 and would definitely recommend that people try it as it’s one of the classic whiskies that most bars will stock. It’s a very pleasant whisky and excellent value, however it does lack that ‘wow factor’.

The lack of complexity means that it’s a great whisky for just drinking, but it’s not going to blow you away.

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