GSN Review: Glenmorangie Spios

On an annual basis, Glenmorangie invites whisky aficionados to explore its passion for innovation through an award-winning collection of rare and limited-edition single malts. Today, Glenmorangie introduces the ninth release in the Highland distillery’s Private Edition series –  Glenmorangie Spios – the first single malt whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks.

Glenmorangie Spios (Scots Gaelic for ‘spice’ and pronounced ‘spee-oss’) recalls the heyday of American rye whiskey. Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, was intrigued by the subtle spicy character of American rye whiskey when travelling to the United States in the 1990s. Inspired by the few remaining rye distilleries he visited, Dr. Lumsden determined to one day bring a hint of American rye whiskey’s elegant past to a future Private Edition.

Long before the rye whiskey resurgence of today, Dr. Lumsden sourced the finest first-fill casks from American rye whiskey’s heartland of Kentucky and arranged for these hand-selected oak casks to be shipped across the Atlantic, to the Glenmorangie Distillery, deep in the Scottish Highlands. There, over the years, they began to impart their flavors to the pure and smooth spirit that emerges from Glenmorangie’s signature copper stills – the tallest stills in Scotland. The result is a full-bodied single malt whisky that invites rye’s subtleties to shine through.

“I have always loved American rye whiskey’s spicy character and believed our distillery’s smooth house style would perfectly complement the nuances of ex-rye casks,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden. “Glenmorangie Spios is a full-bodied, savory single malt whisky, that recalls American rye whiskey’s golden age, which fittingly is beginning to regain its former popularity. I hope connoisseurs and collectors will enjoy this latest innovative release in our Private Edition series – a single malt whisky that is unmistakably Glenmorangie, yet exquisitely different.”

Glenmorangie Spios will be available in specialist whisky shops worldwide and at The Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Center. The packaging is inspired by ceiling tiles that decorated America’s most prestigious saloons during American rye whiskey’s heyday and contains elements from Glenmorangie’s icon, the Signet.

Glenmorangie Spios (92 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Slightly smokey, but quite bright and malty with a keening high note of rye spice.  Elegant and masterful.
Taste: Honeyed, malty, rich, with a medium rye kick. The spice lends a pop to the ultra smooth malt base. Full-bodied and self-assured.
Finish: Long with more of the honeyed sweetness lingering on.  Think of light rye toast with honey butter.
Overall: Another winner from Glenmorangie.  Well worth seeking out.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Glenmorangie

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