The limited-edition return of Glenmorangie Astar, bottled in 2017. Like the 2008 original, this has been aged in oak casks from Missouri, and has notes of almond, coconut and lots of spice.
Out of the bottle, Astar had sun bleached pear skin that had dried somewhat, revealing the notes of crème brûlée, lemon peel, sweet coconut, vanilla custard and mango. The nose had a civil war cigar front and center but with the addition of the smokey oak coming through in warm swirls.
The palate was similar to the nose in terms of the strong fruit notes but also woody and a warming effect at the end that had a bit of light cigar quality to it. The Astar had a middle weight to it and gave flavors of the citrus, savory and woody, while the end notes were the coconut and mango flavors that lingered on the tongue. The finish was medium long with a very decent afterburn that left the palate with a warm feeling on the tongue that lingered for several minutes.
There were no astringency, bitterness, burn or off notes at all in the Astar that was very well balanced and incredibly tasty. The finish was excellent with a warmth and sweetness that was quite unique and it stayed with the palate in a good way. The Astar really peaked young with the young oak in the cask; unlike the eight year veteran. The loss of the woodier note from the newer cask allowed the fruity notes to peak slightly too soon, but this could not be helped where such a small amount was being casked for such a limited time. The Astar had better aging potential than the eight year old release, but this was more of a palate-building cask. This was a very good sipping dram and easy to drink. It was worthy of the price, was delicious in the way only Glenmorangie can do, and with the absence of astringency and bitterness the Astar is a very welcome addition to the blend.
Nose : lemon peel, sweet coconut, vanilla custard and mango.
Palate: Mid-weight, strong fruit notes of citrus, savory and woody. Woody ends with a warm steamy feel.
Finish: Medium long with a very decent afterburn. Warm, noticeable afterburn and left palate with a warm feeling for several minutes
Nose : coconut, crème brûlée, mango and lemon peel
Palate: Powerful fruit flavors of coconut and mango. Savory woody notes. Hints of smoke. Caramelized toffee notes.
Finish: Medium long with the coconut, mango and caramel notes remaining. Earthy, smoky oak.
Nose : Lemon peel, sweet coconut, mango
Palate: Fruit notes of lemon peel, sweet coconut and mango. Woody notes of woodier curry and orangy wood.
Finish: Medium long with the lemon peel, sweet coconut and woody notes remaining. Finishes with apricot, orange peel and wood notes
Glenmorangie Astar Review:
Nose : Nutmeg and peat. Hints of smoke and a hint of wood.
Palate: Lots of nutmeg and mulled spice. Shimmering, minty and creamy.
Finish: Short but very enjoyable nutmeg and peaty finish. Creamy, woody finish.
Nose : Nutmeg and pepper. Vanilla and cinnamon.
Palate: Beginner palate. Burnt nutmeg, mulled spice and pork meat.
Finish: Short with notes of woodlander spice and nutmeg.
Nose : Sun-bleached pears, crushed candy cane, cotton candy, vanilla, banana, hints of smoke and cinnamon.
Palate: Sweet, fruity and a fierce drunk! Sweet notes of brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and candy spices.
Finish: Medium long with the only flavors being the sweet, fruity bourbon.
Nose : Pear, apricot, peach. Hints of vanilla and almond.
Palate: Sweet honey and apricot with a bit of wood.
Finish: Short with fruit notes lingering on the tongue.
Nose : fresh baked cinnamon cookies, caramelized toffee, marshmallow, apricot, peach, and hints of chocolate and smoke.
Palate: Nutmeg, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, cocoa and vanilla.
Finish: Medium to long with the flavors just burning nicely at the end, like good Mexican hot chocolate.
Nose : citrus, nutmeg, honey, maple syrup, oak, vanilla and hints of spice.
Palate: Rich in caramelized bourbon flavors. Rich with warm, spicy notes.
Finish: Long with burnt caramelized bourbon notes. Sweet, spicy, caramelized bourbon notes remain.
Nose : Lemon pudding, honey and walnuts.
Palate: Like the nose with a sense of orange juice, coconut and walnuts.
Finish: Medium-short with the walnuts and coconut hanging.
Nose : vanilla, honey, bread, cream, walnut, and hints of oak.
Palate: Creamy and rich with cream, vanilla and honey. A warming oakiness. Oaky finish.
Finish: Medium-long with the oakiness lingering. Burnt, caramelized notes.
Nose : leather and raisins. Hints of musk, beeswax and vanilla.
Palate: Generic with a strong oak presence.
Finish: Long with a warm spicy finish.
Nose : Sweet, vanilla. Hints of sun-bleached pear.
Palate: Sweet, young, fruity palate with pear notes, vanilla and woody notes.
Finish: Medium long with the vanilla caramelized pear flavors lingering.