The Pursuit of Perfection
The new Glenmorangie "Astar" 2017 edition is here and it's quietly selling to those folks in the know, but I'm wondering how much bandwidth a whisky like this has in the current market. Nothing about Dr. Bill Lumsden's new release of Missouri Oak-aged single malt is big or bold (although it is bottled at 52.5%) and the flavors are classically Highland without the addition of sherry, peat, or some crazy cask-finishing that adds color and richness. Simply put, this is straightforward Glenmorangie whisky in its purest form. As the bottle says, it's not about making something new, but rather a pursuit of Scottish single malt perfection.
It's pretty damn good. As long as you still like regular old Glenmorangie single malt (which I do). It's nice to taste a limited edition whisky that tastes more like a really, really good regular edition!