Glenmorangie Distillery officially announced the ninth expression to be added to its ‘award-winning and always intriguing’ Private Edition series. The newly released Glenmorangie Spìos, meaning ‘Spice’ in Gaelic, marks the great age of American rye whiskeys.

During its golden age back in the early 20th century, the spicy signature of Rye whiskey inspired many classic cocktail recipes such as Old Fashioned or Manhattan which were enjoyed in the most prestigious salons. In the early 90s when Dr. Lumsden met these rare whiskeys with their cinnamon and clove notes, they captured his imagination.

Regarding the release of Glenmorangie Spìos, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation for Glenmorangie, commented;

I have always loved American rye whiskey’s spicy character, and I believed our smooth house style would perfectly complement the nuances of ex-rye casks. The result is Glenmorangie Spìos – a full-bodied, savoury single malt which brings to mind American rye whiskey’s golden age. Its fresh, herbal nose hints at cherry, clove and scents of green grass. The rye’s spice bursts on to the palate, as toffee, clove and cinnamon mingle with buttery vanilla, before a sweet and lingering finish – a single malt whisky which is unmistakeably Glenmorangie, yet exquisitely different.

Glenmorangie Spìos is the combination of mesmerizing aromas from these once used Rye whiskey barrels from the heart of Kentucky and the signature flavour profile of Glenmorangie Single Malt. Bottled at 46% ABV, you can get Glenmorangie Spios from The Whisky Exchange with a price tag of £74.95.

Glenmorangie Spìos

Glenmorangie Spìos Whisky Tasting Notes (from the producer)

Color: Straw Gold.

Nose: Glenmorangie Spios 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.

Plate: Rye’s characteristic spice burst forth, as taste 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.