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Glenmorangie’s taste relies on the waters of Tarlogie Springs

WHISKY comes from a Gaelic phrase for water: uisge. Glenmorangie, a distillery that’s nearly 200 years previous (based in 1843) takes its cues from its water supply, the Tarlogie Springs, thereby bringing the phrase’s which means again to the spirit.

We realized this throughout a Whisky Nights tasting on the Conrad Manila’s C Lounge on Sept. 7, the place Glenmorangie ambassador Kevin Charuel was a particular visitor. Glenmorangie, whereas owned by the Macdonald household for a number of years, could be later acquired in 2004 by luxurious conglomerate LVMH (LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton). It’s simply one of many many spirits manufacturers owned by the corporate — the Hennessy cognac model is true there of their identify.

Mr. Charuel launched us to the Glenmorangie 10 Years, the Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years, and the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Years. The Glenmorangie 10 was described by Mr. Charuel as akin to working in an Italian backyard, due to a scent of fruit and flowers. This additionally had a scent of blond woods, and fruit, vanilla, and honey notes within the style.

The Lasanta 12 was a bit extra particular. “The inspiration behind the creation of this whisky was the sundown,” he stated. It had a scent of shaved darkish chocolate, some musk; however one which was heavy with spice and darkish fruit. Completed in sherry casks, it had a mild smolder, like a candle simply earlier than it’s put out.

Lastly, the Quinta Ruban 14 Years had a woody and natural scent, like a stroll via a forest; or maybe firewood proper earlier than it’s lit. It’s fairly heavy and designed for sluggish, meditative ingesting — maybe by a fireplace. It had a sizzling and peppery word tempered by a word of caramel that tapered out right into a low, lingering warmth.

The model can hint its style to a number of elements. Mr. Charuel factors out that they personal the tallest copper pot stills in all of Scotland (he says that they’re about as tall as giraffes). “We are able to have more room to develop extra flavors via the copper,” he stated.

On the word of water, he stated concerning the centuries-old Tarlogie Springs: “It brings a selected minerality that can translate into fruitiness,” he stated, crediting this to the rocks that sit on the springs. “Once we use this water to provide our whiskies, then we will categorical and translate all of the fruity character.”

Its possession by a French conglomerate may clarify its qualities, even when it’s a single-malt Scotch (the conglomerate additionally owns whisky model Ardbeg). The French connection is there in Scotland: one remembers the Auld Alliance they entered with France in 1295 to struggle towards England, to not point out the varied princesses traded in marriage between the 2 kingdoms (Mary, Queen of Scots was made Queen of Scotland a couple of week after her beginning; in flip she married into the ruling Home of Valois in France).

“It brings its experience and know-how to create and to distribute superb merchandise,” he stated of LVMH. “Luxurious will not be about worth,” he stated. A fast take a look at Glenmorangie 10’s worth locations it at P2,500, give or take. “It’s luxurious for various causes. The principle motive is know-how.”

“Only some folks know the way to do it, and we can not do it in every single place on the earth.”

Costs for Whisky Nights on the C Lounge (normally held on Wednesdays) begin at P800++. — Joseph L. Garcia

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