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Are You Tasting the Pith? - 28th August 05

Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood Finish

It's not right, I know. I am starting to be known as a stalwart of independent retailing in the industry, and then I go and blow it by doing stupid things that just make the problem worse. For example; the weekly shopping trip to Asda is an opportunity for me to indulge in a little industrial espionage, to examine drinks aisles, and to generally ferret about bit. Sometimes I buy beer; very occasionally I buy wine; and with alarming regularity, I seem to be buying whisky.

I remember being taken on the Saturday shopping trip when I was young, and my dad looking through the different butters on offer. He muttered something along the lines of "I can't believe how they manipulate the prices on this stuff", before falling for it and plumping for the cheapest there. Like father, like son - I find myself doing a similar thing with whisky. This time, a bottle of Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood Finish (43% abv), selling for about 20 - a bargain by anyone's standards.

Nosing the whisky gives a riot of flavours - the cask finish is quite apparent, giving a sherryish, sweetish note, a deep fruitiness (think cherries dipped in dark chocolate), and hints of marzipan. On the palate, it's quite sweet, giving a well-structured body showing toasty oak notes, moving through a vaguely jammy plumminess (greengages), and developing a marzipan and cocoa note in the finish.

I really rate this pretty highly indeed, and at this price, it's unbelievable.

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