Glenmorangie is situated at Tain in the Northern Highlands and is one of the most popular single malt brands in the world. It is certainly one of the most innovative when it comes to wood.
It uses top quality, slow-growing white oak from the Ozark mountains in Missouri, which is then used to mature Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey for four years before being sent to Tain.
In the mid-90s it released a range of wood finishes including port, Madeira and sherry, the first distillery to do so. It has further developed this range and has also released a range of different oak finishes, including burr oak and chinkapin oak.
The Nectar D'Or is a relatively new addition, using French Sauterne barriques to finish the maturation after a minimum of 10 years in Bourbon casks. The Sauterne gives the already crisp and fruity Glenmorangie a luxuriant French patisserie character, full of citrus and light gingery spice.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Lemon meringue pie. Shortbread. Custard. French apple tart.
Palate: Initially soft and creamy, but the fizzing oak soon kicks in, lemon puff biscuits, rhubarb and custard sweets.
Retails for around £50