#23: Make Mor(angie)

by Matti

The second blend in my Maker’s Mark miniseries is ‘Make Mor(angie)’ (the names will only get sillier as we go along I’m afraid). I picked the Glenmorangie as I figured its notes of banana and other fruit would mesh well will the orangy notes in the bourbon. I expect this will be the most candied and sweet of all blends, but as always the proof is in the tasting, so let’s go!

Maker’s Mark
Glenmorangie 10yo The Original

Straight from the top the nose lives up to my expectations, it is almost all fruit that I smell: fried banana, heavy tropical fruit and a hint of orange. Under all that is a hint of spicyness as well as some vanilla, but they only reveal themselves after the fruit has gotten bored and wandered off. The taste disappoints after the boldness of the nose with mostly notes from the bourbon appearing: vanilla, new wood and orange peel. Further on and into the finish it gets more interesting again with nutmeg and cinnamon giving a little spice to a fairly long ending of vanilla and wood.

All in all this is one of those drams you need to smell. It is by no means a bad dram, but the taste lets it down and makes for an anti-climax.

Blend score: 3 Drams, Interesting