Glenmorangie Artein, #Dramogram

#Dramogram was a small whisky project that happened during May of this year. The idea was that every participant got a random other participant and would send a blind sample to that person. This way everyone got one sample and sent one sample.

I sent a couple to England, because nobody sends just one sample. I also got a wee box of samples from Joe Ellis, of Whisky Wednesday fame. Two other samples were in the box. One was the standard Ballantines Finest (which I hadn’t had in ages) and the GlenDronach Allardice. Reviews of those two are to follow at some point.

As for the notes I was supposed to put on Twitter on May 31st. It turned out to be a bit tricky, since that was the day we arrived in Scotland and we were still settling in to out cottage when the night was upon us. I did manage to get a few tweets out but I did the tasting notes from the top of my head. Here are the more ‘official’ ones.

Glenmorangie Artein. Available from Whiskybase Shop.

Glenmorangie Artein. Available from Whiskybase Shop.

Rose wine at first, with barley and vanilla added. It’s warming and you can smell the cask it comes from (Super Tuscan wines). I also get a whiff of dunnage warehouses. It’s very sweet and gentle, with quite a lot of vanilla notes.

Gentle too, with a light sparkling touch to it, like soda water. There’s a hint of pepper, grapes and less wine influence than I expected. It’s tasty though, with syrup, grapes and chalk.

The finish suddenly has a rather overpowering wine flavour. There’s also oak. It’s lasting quite a while but when it starts fading it just drops off the radar.

The first time I tasted it my palate must have been off since I didn’t really pick up on the wine notes and I thought it was a bourbon. There’s such a lot of sweetness and vanilla going on that it would have been entirely possible.

What do I think of this whisky: I’m not entirely positive. While it is a tasty drink, the rather overpowering vanilla oakiness take away a lot of the Glenmorangie character and what’s left is overpowered by the wine notes. It’s a nice experiment but not one I’d love to own a bottle of.

Glenmorangie Artein, Super Tuscan casks, 46%, available from the Whiskybase shop for € 92.50.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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