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.

Sniff:
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.

Sip:
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.

Swallow:
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 a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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