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Event Notice: Glenmorangie Dinner at Mac McGee’s

Glenmorangie is at the cutting edge of scotch experimentation. Mac McGee’s is at the forefront of Atlanta whisky events. A match made in whisky heaven.

Where: Mac McGee Irish Pub, 111 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
When:Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 PM
Pour: Glenmorangie Finealta, Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, Glenmorangie Signet
Menu: The tasting will be paired with a five course meal. Details TBD
Price: $55
RSVP: 404-377-8050

Drink wisely my friends,


Event Notice: Speakeasy 14 at Joey D’s Oak Room

I told you about Rare XIV a few days ago and I just got the information on Speakeasy 14 at Joey D’s. As you’ve probably figured out these sister restaurants usually do their cigar and scotch dinners on opposite sides of the same weekend. If you miss the Glenmorangie dinner at New York Prime on Sunday or just want a more casual experience then try Speakeasy 14 at Joey D’s this Friday. Here are the details:

Place: Joey D’s Oak Room
Address: 1015 Crown Pointe Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30338
Reservations: 770-512-7063
Price: $39.95
Date: 8:00PM on Friday, November 12th
Meet & Greet: Glenmorangie 10 Year with an Olivia G Cameroon Toro
First Course: Fried Calamari with Glenmorangie 12 Year
Second Course: Beefsteak Tomato and Onion salad
Third Course: BBQ Beef Rib with Cole Slaw and Glenmoragie 15 Year
Fourth Course: Key Lime Pie, Glenmorangie of Choice and an Olivia V Belicoso

I wrote this up as it was emailed to me. I’m not sure which of Glenmorangie’s 12 Year olds will be poured and I’m assuming they will actually be pouring the Glenmorangie 18 Year with the main course because I’m not aware of a bottling with a 15 Year age statement.

Drink wisely my friends,


Event Notice: Rare XIV – Steak, Cigars, & Glenmorangie

New York Prime’s next whisky and cigar dinner was just announced. Glenmorangie will be the scotch this time around. It’s again $59.95 and will be from 7:00PM to 10:00PM Sunday, October 14th. Here’s the menu:

Meet & Greet: Glenmorangie Signet with an Oliva G. Cameroon Toro Cigar

First Course: Caesar Salad with Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

Second Course: 16oz New York Strip, Creamed Corn, and Creamed Spinach with Glenmorangie 12 Year Old

Third Course: Cheesecake with Glenmorangie 18 Year Old and Oliva V. Belicoso Cigar

Call New York Prime at 404-846-0644 for reservations.

I’m not sure which 12 year old they will be serving but it could be the Quinta Ruban, Lasanta, or Nectar D’Or. For sure this is a great chance to try the Signet, which is something special.

Drink wisely my friends,


Beauty and the Beist

I just got back from brunch with Dr. Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller of Glenmorangie and Arbeg, at the Brandy Library.  The food was great, the whisky was better and a great time was had by all. Dr. Bill promised to bore us to death and then give us great whisky.  I told him that talk of whisky was never boring.  “You’ve never heard me talk before,” says he.  Needless to say, I was not bored.

One of the things I learned today:  Glemorangie has the tallest pot still in Scotland (16′-10 1/4″).  Dr. Bill also took us through the long journey that the Astar barrels take before holding Glenmorangie (ask me about it or ask Dr. Bill, it’s a long journey).  And we learned how to “release the serpent” in whisky (add water).

The whiskies on the menu were Glenmorangie Original, Astar, Lasanta, Sonnalta PX, Ardbeg Supernova and Corryvrecken.  I was also allowed to sample some Glenmorangie new make spirit.  Smelling and tasting of banana peels, coconut and rum, the new make would make a great cocktail mixer.  Too bad it’s not for sale.

We’ve reviewed both the Original and the Astar (Dr. Bill’s favorite) quite recently, so I won’t rehash those.  Notice there are no age statements…

Glenmorangie Lasanta
46% ABV, 92 Proof, Non-Chill Filtered
Nose: Sherry, cinnamon, ginger, raisins, toffee
Palate: Oily, sticky, sweet, spicy, hazelnut, blood orange
Finish: Oily, long, spiced orange and dark fruits
Comments: Lasanta is finished in Dry Oloroso Sherry casks for two years.  Otherwise, it is basically the same whisky as the Original.  I like what they are trying to do here.  Dr. Bill is one of the engineers of the extra-maturation movement afterall(remember all those old Glenmorangies?).  You still get some of the Glenmorangie character, but with an extra zing.  I like it, but I like the Original better.

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
46% ABV, 92 Proof, Non-Chill Filtered
Nose: Everything you find in the Lasanta but bolder, dark chocolate, berries
Palate: Again, like Lasanta on steroids.  Bold, rich sherry flavors with black pepper, tobacco and spice.
Finish: Long and oily, but sharp
Comments: Similar to the Lasanta, but using Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.  The extra richness of the PX really comes out in the whisky.  This is a great addition to the extra-matured world.  Plus, although this whisky is currently only available at Travel Retail, they will be releasing the Sonnalta PX domestically (in the US) soon due to popular demand.  Whose says the consumer has no control in the whisky world?  (It’s not like Glenmorangie is a Diageo company!)*

Glenmorangie Signet
46% ABV, 92 Proof, Non-Chill Filtered
Nose: Sherry, chocolate, dark berries, coffee, pecan pie,
Palate: Rich, chocolate, oak, spice, blood orange, vanilla, crème brulee, coffee, leather
Finish: Velvety
Comments: I knew that Glenmorangie was using ‘chocolate’ malt in the distilling process for the Signet.  What I did not realize was that the malting process for ‘chocolate’ malt more closely resembles tumble-roasting (like coffee) than traditional floor malting (hand or machine turning on the malting floor).  This is a wicked dram with one of the most complex recipes I’ve ever heard for a single malt.  Just to give you an idea, the Signet contains whisky from ‘chocolate’ malt, first and second fill bourbon cask whiskies (using the special oak of the Astar barrels), sherried whiskies, virgin oak whiskies, and whiskies of various ages (some over 30 years old).  There is no other whisky like this on the market.  It goes really well with dark chocolate and cigars, but you could drink it neat with no food and still be happy.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
57.1% ABV, 114.2 Proof, Non-Chill Filtered
Nose: PEAT.  I don’t get a lot of anything else.  It’s peat smoke and a lot of it.
Palate: Sweet, rich, spice, tar, nutty, medicinal, creamy, smoky, fresh shellfish and hot black top asphalt.  Incredibly complex.
Finish: Long, earthy and creamy
Comment: This will replace the Airigh Nam Beist, which is being discontinued despite being Dr. Bill’s personal favorite among the Ardbeg range.  I can’t say that I mind.  This is my very favorite Ardbeg to date.  Love it.

Ardbeg Supernova
58.9% ABV, 117.8 Proof, Non-Chill Filtered
Nose: The high proof puts the alcohol at the forefront of the nose.  The peat is surprisingly coy.  Sweet, lime juice and band-aids
Palate: Whoa!  Like chewing on a lump of peat covered in dark chocolate and burnt sugar.  Smoke, spice, lime and band-aids
Finish: I could still taste the peat, chocolate and sweetness after an hour on the subway.  So, yeah, “long finish.”
Comments: The “lime juice and band-aids” comment comes directly from Dr. Bill Lumsden, but he is right on with the description.  I’m not sure that is the best way to sell people on your whisky though.  For being Ardbeg’s peatiest whisky and one of the peatiest on the market, the Supernova is surprisingly approachable.  I like it, but give me more of that Corryvreckan.

Thanks to the Dr. Bill Lumsden, David Blackmore of Moet Hennessy and Ethan Kelly of Brandy Library for putting this together.  I always love a chance to meet a Master Distiller.  It only sweetens the deal that it was Dr. Bill (Glenmorangie is my ‘go-to’ whisky).

*The Glenmorangie and Arbeg are owned by Moet Hennessy.

Drink well, drink responsibly.