Posted 28 February 2018
Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition bottles has always been where spirit and wood experimentation intersect, resulting in some unique and oft-times tasty whiskies. 2018’s edition is no different. With the release of Spios (Gaelic for ‘spice’), Glenmorangie are doing something which I believe is a first – taking American ex-rye casks, and using them to full-term mature their single malt. You may have seen a few examples of rye finished whisky (Johnnie Walkers Blenders’ Batch springs to mind) where the liquid has been re-racked (usually from ex-bourbon) for a period of some months, but Glenmorangie’s 9th Private Edition bottling takes the rye and puts it front and central by wholly maturing all the whisky in ex-rye casks.