Glenmorangie is getting ready to re-release one of its signature expressions after a four year absence. Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Edition will be available via selected retailers from early September.

Originally released back in 2008, Glenmorangie Astar – meaning journey in Gaelic – is defined as ‘the big brother of Glenmorangie Original’ by Dr. Bill Lumsden,  the head of distilling and whisky creation. It was the follow up expression to the highly acclaimed ‘Designer Barrel Project’

What makes Astar unique is the special casks used for maturation of the spirit. These casks are crafted from ‘slow growth’ oak tress coming from the Ozark Mountains located in Missouri, US. The staves made from these trees are left in the open for 2 years to allow extra breating and softening before coopering. Bourbon is filled and left to mature for 4 years in these charred and lightly toasted barrels before being sent to Scotland. Due to the limited nature of the supply, original edition has to be discontinued after 4 years.

Regarding the re-release of the expression, Dr. Lumsden commented;

“Now that I’ve got a larger quantity coming through we’ve decided to do a limited release of Astar and we’ll see how it goes with people.”


Based on the information provided from the company, Glenmorangie Astar 2017 version  has a sweet and fruity aroma with “fresh, bright, floral” top notes including lavender and carnation. The palate offers notes of crème-brulée, tropical and stone fruits, apricots with vanilla custard, hazelnuts in soft buttery fudge mix, and clove spiciness and toasted oak, followed by honey, almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed on the finish.

This edition will come at 52.5%, bit lower than the original release which was at 57.1% – It is non-chilled filtered. No clear information is present about the color so It may be safe to assume it does have some sort of artificial coloring. It will be avaible via selected retailers and online with a price tag of around £74.