Malt Mileage Rating: ★★★
Type: Single malt
Origin: Highlands, Scotland
Glenmorangie Milsean is the seventh release in Glenmorangie’s “Private Edition” range. The whisky was matured in ex-bourbon casks, and then in heavily toasted casks that previously held Portuguese wine – that toasting of the oak releases natural sugars in the oak, so one can expect that this whisky might be designed to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.
The flavour profile appears to be dominated by sugars – caramel, cherries, candied orange peel. There are notes of coconut, nectarine, apple and orange, and soft spices (especially cinnamon). The mouth-feel is watery and thin, and once the superficial layers of sweetness fall away the whisky tastes young.
At a cost of $150 a bottle, I expected more. Much more. This strikes me as an unimpressive (and fairly average) whisky, when we compare it with other quality malts in what has become a highly competitive market. But if young and sweet is your thing, I can think of half a dozen other expressions that taste just as good to me but cost much much less.