Glenmorangie Spìos 2018 Limited Edition 70cl 46°
Ninth version of the Private Edition collection of the distillery, the Single Malt Glenmorangie Spìos makes us travel to the golden age of the American Rye whiskey.
The limited edition 2018 Spìos is a new Glenmorangie innovation. This is the first Single Malt Scotch whisky aged 100% in Rye Whiskey barrels, an American whisky made from rye, which has very characteristic spicy notes. The result is an authentic Glenmorangie with a rich and balanced character and particularly spicy and original notes.
Spìos (pronounced "spee-oss") means "spices" in Scottish Gaelic.
This 9th Private Edition plunges us into America at the beginning of the 20th century, in the golden age of Rye Whiskey. At this time, this whiskey was consumed in prestigious bars, where its inimitable spicy style inspired iconic cocktails, such as Old Fashioned and Manhattan.
Master blender Dr. Bill Lumsden from the Glenmorangie Distillery captured the potential of Rye whiskey first fill barrels, selected directly from Kentucky, with subtle spice aromas to shape the Spìos edition.
The casks were transported to Tain in Scotland in the Highlands, then filled with Glenmorangie whisky rigorously selected to offer exceptional characteristics to this Single Malt.
Glenmorangie Spìos is unfiltered to preserve its deep, silky texture. It's heading at 46 °.
The Glenmorangie distillery operates with the tallest Pot Stills of Scotland (5.13m). This is the size of an adult giraffe!
These stills with spherical compartments (boil ball) play a decisive role in the crafting of the light and subtle Glenmorangie character. Only the lightest alcoholic vapours are collected. The spring waters used by the distillery are naturally filtered through limestone and impart Glenmorangie with its spicy character. The aged versions are increasingly powerful and develop delicate vanilla notes.
Glenmorangie is today an extraordinary pioneer in the art & science of oak cask maturation, and offers a spectacular choice of special finishes. Glenmorangie has a very strict policy and uses only first and second fill barrels, a process that magnifies the layers of flavours. The Glenmorangie distillate ages in ex-Bourbon, American white oak casks for at least 10 years. Glenmorangie collects a share from the ex-Bourbon casks and transfers it into casks that previously contained other alcohols or wines, thus extending the maturation: this is the “wood finish”. The use of casks that previously contained Sherry, Port, Madeira wines or Bourgogne wines maintains the essential balance of Glenmorangie whisky, while imparting intriguing characteristics to the spirit.
The art of cask maturation at Glenmorangie has been influenced by more than 25 years of research, enabling the Master Distiller to find the perfect casks for the Single Malts, and acquire the reputation of an expert amongst the circles of whisky maturation experts.