Yesterday I posted a review of a whisky available only in India, a sample of which I acquired while in Delhi last month but which I did not drink there: Amrut Amaze. Today I have for you a review of a whisky available worldwide—though mostly (only?) in duty-free shops in airports—that I did in fact drink and review in Delhi: Glenmorangie’s The Tayne. A bottle of this was in my father’s bar and I tasted it on a couple of occasions. I failed to photograph it, however, and after returning asked my parents to take a picture and WhatsApp it to me. What you see alongside is the best of many pictures they sent me. It appears to be of a full bottle which means my father had more than one hanging around. Okay, now that I’m done with the fascinating family anecdote, what can I tell you about the antecedents of the whisky itself? Not very much, I’m afraid. I have no idea why it is called “The Tayne” and I am reluctant to find out as it may make me feel bad about laughing to myself sophomorically every time I think of it as Glenmorangie, The Taint. I can tell you that it is a NAS whisky that has been “finished” in Amontillado casks. How long the original maturation lasted and how long the finish, I do not know. But I can tell you what I thought of it.
Glenmorangie, The Tayne (43%; from my father’s bottle)
Nose: Biscuity at first with richer winey notes of sherry and roasted malt then coming through. As it sits it picks up some earthy notes and a bit of leather. With time the herbal notes that pop out on the palate show up here too. With a drop of water there’s some raisins to go with the other stuff.
Palate: Nutty (walnuts) and spicy; that roasted malt comes through clearly here as well. The texture is a bit thin but it’s quite full flavour-wise. More bitter with each sip and leafier too. The bitterness is somewhere between walnut skins and coffee grounds and somehow it works with the other notes. With time and air it develops an herbal quality. Drier with water and oakier; less bitter and herbal too. Actually, with time the herbal bitterness comes back quite intensely.
Finish: Medium-long. Not very much new happening here: the bitter notes ease out and it gets more winey as it goes. As on the palate with water.
Comments: This is not exactly my favourite whisky profile but it’s very well made and balanced. The sherry is either held in check or works harmoniously with the base spirit. A bit of a surprise as I’ve found a lot of Glenmorangies to get overwhelmed by their wine finishes. Worth a look if you like this sort of whisky and are traveling through an international airport.
Rating: 83 points.