Glenmorangie Astar 2017 Release (70cl, 52.5%)
Astar means "journey" in Gaelic, and here it refers to the journey of perfection that Glenmorangie is working to discover in their search for the perfect casks to mature whisky.
Glenmorangie Astar was originally released in 2008, matured in bespoke casks made from oak from the Ozark mountains of Missouri - though it was discontinued in 2012. In 2017, Astar was born again! The 2017 release of Glenmorangie Astar was once again fully aged in bespoke casks made from oak from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, and has been bottled at 52.5% ABV.
Despite being owned by blenders, MacDonald & Muir, for most of the 20th century, Glenmorangie had an early focus on bottling its single malt. Some records show that its single malt was being sold as early as the late 19th century. This became the distillery's main output in 1959, and with the unique flavours derived from Scotland's tallest stills, Glenmorangie is now one of the world's biggest selling malts. As a result, the distillery portfolio over the years has been extensive, and little has been spared for independent bottlers. Pioneers of cask finishes, the distillery has never shied away from experimentation, and under the guiding hand of Maestro Dr Bill Lumsden they continue to release a variety of expressions to keep "The Sixteen Men of Tain" rushed off their feet.