Glenmorangie Spìos Private Edition No. 9 Whisky
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Tod Stewart
- Published on: May 17, 2018
- Last modified: May 17, 2018
For almost a decade, Highland distiller Glenmorangie has crafted limited quantities of whiskies destined as Private Editions. These single malts typically employ unique wood combinations as part of the aging regime. For the 9th edition, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, sourced first-fill American rye casks back in the 1990s, and transported them from Kentucky to Scotland to be filled with the distillery’s world-famous whisky. On the nose, Spìos (meaning “spice” in Gaelic and pronounced spee-oss) brims with spicy rye notes, buttressed by suggestions of cinnamon, clove, black cherry, cocoa and some floral, minty notes. On the palate it is lively, crisp and spicy, with flavours of toffee, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, but still with the characteristic marmalade and caramel nuances that make it distinctly Glenmorangie. The finish is persistent and fruity/spicy. A very unique dram, indeed.