Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996: The sixth edition of the Bond House No. 1 Collection

The 23-year-old whisky was matured exclusively in special bourbon casks


Within the Bond House No. 1 Collection, Glenmorangie releases a very exclusive whisky every year, luxuriously packaged and in a higher price segment. The series is named after an old warehouse from the 19th century, Bond House No. 1, which now serves as the impressive still house of the distillery. This year the Highland distillery introduced a 23-year-old single malt for which Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangies Director of Distilling, Whiskey Creation and Whiskey Stocks, selected special bourbon casks: The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996.

For standard whiskys, the origin of the wood of ex-bourbon casks that were used for maturation is rarely specified. It is different here with the new Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996: the press release for the new edition of Bond House No. 1 collection talks about the best barrel wood on the northern slopes of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, USA. We learn that the slowly growing wood was pre-filled with bourbon for four years after it had been gently dried. The Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 was bottled at 43 % ABV, is individually numbered and packed in a representative oak-copper box.

“Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1996 wonderfully demonstrates how we can bring our most extraordinary dreams to life. The oldest whisky we have ever aged in our bespoke casks, its fresh, floral aromas and luxuriously creamy tastes are gloriously enhanced by age,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden, and he promises everyone who knows Glenmorangie Astar will discover the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996 to be a delicious development.

Producer’s tasting notes for the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996

Color: Bright sunburst gold Nose: Fresh, floral and perfumed, with hints of roses, carnations, jasmine and a curious herbal note like coriander. Luscious mandarin orange and pear follow, with a beautiful candy sweetness, reminiscent of mixed fruit jellies. A splash of water releases even more floral notes of carnation and geranium, along with some soft, buttery vanilla.

Taste: A zesty, citrus mouthfeel leads into a powerful burst of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, kept under control by the thread of soft, sweet vanilla and fudge. The finesse for a whisky of this age is quite remarkable, with gentle spices, such as ginger and sweet chilli and subtle oaky notes.

Finish: Delicate and dancing with almonds, pear and cake mix.

Images: Moet Hennessy