In late 2007, this replaced Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish -- essentially, this was supposed to be the same thing in new packaging. But the ABV went up by 3 points, plus now it's unchillfiltered. And where'd the age statement go? We hear it's still 12 years, so we're calling it that. And of course, it's still Port finished.
Sweetish nose of honey, malt, and acetone. Palate is tasty and rather sweet, medium spice, toffee, and some alcohol-y notes. Palate is medium short. This is decent and would be much-improved without the detracting alcohol-y stuff... but maybe whatever's causing that is where some of the tastyness comes from as well. Anyhow, it's decent whisky.
N: Wood and dried apricots. P: Weaker and more dry than the previous 12 year version, similar spice but... F: The higher abv is noticeable and there is something bitter in the finish. Obviously when they change to no age statement it means there's some younger whisky in there, and I think that is evident in the finish. Go for the previous version if it's still around.
This was port like in many ways, and better than the old port finish, which was good (did a side-by-side). The new one is richer and darker. I like it. Lots of raisins, dates, figs. Wonderful sweet finish. Full body for a Glenmorangie. Made me into a new fan.
n: sweet nose with grape peel, purple cough syrup, butterscotch, and milk chocolate dipped prunes.
t: mix of prune and purple grape juice, more on the sweet side with full dark fruit flavour (figs and plum). Black raisins from a small paper box. Finishes with a little spice from the wood and prune juice to the very end.