See this post for more background on Glenmorangie distillery.
Since 2010 Glenmorangie has released a rare single malt whisky every year as part of their award winning Private Edition range. Milsean is the seventh release. Last years’ release was named Tusail and the year before that was Companta. Most of these unique whiskies begin as experiments by the venerable Dr Bill Lumsden. The whiskies that turn out the best are inevitably bottled as part of the ongoing Private Edition collection. Milsean is a no age statement (NAS) whisky first matured in ex-bourbon casks then aged for an undisclosed number of years in charred ex-Portuguese wine casks. This is the first ever whisky from Glenmorangie to be aged in deeply toasted wine casks. This whisky is bottled at the standard 46% ABV. In Gaelic Milsean means ‘Sweet Things,’ and this whisky has been marketed for dessert lovers. The packaging would be perfectly at home in confectionery. Without further introduction, let’s dive into the tasting notes.
Nose: vanilla, red fruits, chalky, blueberries, candied apples, sour gummies
Mouth: green strawberries, cinnamon, orange peels, grapefruit, toffee
Finish: sweet sherry, cloves, green apple, bitter aftertaste – orange rinds, chocolate notes long after, nutty
Verdict: The nose on this whisky is really quite nice – playfully sweet with hints of red fruits, candied apples and blueberries. It really smells like a candy store. After the stellar nose the taste is a bit underwhelming. There some bright red fruit character that is countered by grapefruit citrus and orange peels. It was a bit too bitter for my palate even though I do enjoy citrus. There’s are some nice notes of cinnamon and toffee. The finish is initially sweet and bitter with some hints of cloves. It’s a pretty interesting finish. I didn’t particularly enjoy the lingering citrus but it eventually fades and is replaced by some nice nutty chocolate notes. Overall this whisky is a pretty light sipper. I think that if you’re a grapefruit citrus fan then you’d really enjoy this whisky.