Halò Single Malt Mates,
Time was Distilleries matured whisky in bourbon or sherry casks only. Nowadays they are experimenting with exotic wine casks like Calvados or champagne casks.
In accordance with the times, Glenmorangie has come up with a new exotic expression called Spios matured in Rye whiskey barrels.
American rye whiskey
In the United States, “rye whiskey” is, by law, made from a mash of at least 51 percent rye. (The other ingredients of the mash are usually corn and malted barley.) It is distilled to no more than 160 U.S. proof (80% abv), and aged in charred, new oak barrels. The whiskey must be put into such barrels at not more than 125 proof (62.5% abv). Rye whiskey that has been so aged for at least two years and has not been blended with other spirits may be further designated as “straight”, as in “straight rye whiskey”.
Rye whiskey was historically the prevalent whiskey of the northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania and Maryland. Pittsburgh was the center of rye whiskey production in the late 1700s and early 1800s. By 1808, Allegheny County farmers were selling one half barrel for each man, woman and child in the country. Rye whiskey largely disappeared after Prohibition. A few brands, such as Old Overholt, survived it, although by the late 1960s even Pennsylvania names such as Old Overholt were being distilled mostly in Kentucky. Today, an expanding number of brands are produced by Campari Group (Wild Turkey Rye), Diageo (George Dickel Rye and Bulleit Rye), Heaven Hill (Pikesville Rye and Rittenhouse Rye), Beam Suntory (Old Overholt and Jim Beam Rye), The Sazerac Company (Col. E. H. Taylor, Sazerac Rye, and Thomas H. Handy), and various smaller companies. One notable producer is MGP of Indiana, which is a distiller for many brands marketed by others (including some of the large companies previously listed).
Rye has been currently undergoing a small but growing revival in the United States. Since the beginning of the 21st century, many more producers have been experimenting with rye whiskey, and several now market aged rye whiskey. For example, Brown-Forman has also begun production of a Jack Daniel’s rye whiskey, releasing unaged and lightly aged as limited editions. A distillery at Mount Vernon, the homestead of George Washington, sells a rye that is said to be like what Washington made
Here tis the new Scotch;
Private Edition 9 Spios 46% 70cl
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range has produced some amazing whiskies in the past few years. For the 9th edition master distiller Bill Lumsden has looked across the Atlantic to the USA and hand picked a selection of first-fill rye whiskey casks to mature his soft, Glenmoangie new spirit in. The result is their first whisky (and possibly the first Scotch whisky ever) to be fully matured in rye whisky casks. Another very interesting release from the Tain distillery.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Glenmorangie Spìos first entices with its fresh and herbal nose, hinting at cherry, clove and mint toffee, followed by scents of green grass. A splash of water releases more perfumed notes, both crisp and clean – and an inviting complexity of herbal tones.
Palate: Then, rye’s characteristic spice bursts forth, as tastes of toffee, clove and cinnamon mingle with nutmeg and sweet, buttery vanilla.
Finish: The finish is rich, sweet and lingering, with toffee and Brazil nut emerging alongside a citrus tang.
Lord keep our pots distilling weel
Lord send the excise man to the de’il
Lord bless our couthy meal
Lord keep our pot stills distilling well,
Lord send the revenuer to the devil
Lord Bless our agreeable meal
Inspiring bold John Barleycorn!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’tippeny, we Fear nae evil;
Wi’usquabae, we’ll face the devil!
Slainte gu Soirriadh
Your Scotch Spirit Master