George T. Stagg boasts a reputation as one of the premier bourbons in today’s market. Though a new version has been released each year since 2002, it is a perennial favorite.
This year’s release is only the third time that the barrel proof bourbon has clocked in under 130 proof (the only others being 2004 and 2013). Since 2002, each release has been at least 15 years old. This year’s is 15 years and 3 months, just one month younger than last year’s.
Glenmorangie was founded in 1843 in the town of Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland, on the site of the Morangie brewery that had operated there since the 1730’s. In 1918, the distillery would be sold. Its then owners would retain control until 2004, when the company was sold to its current owner, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The distillery shut down several times during war and depression times.
Today, Glenmorangie has four core expressions – The Original (ex-bourbon casks), the Lasanta (ex-bourbon cask with Oloroso Sherry cask finish), the Quinta Ruban (white oak with ruby port cask finish) and the Nectar d’Or (Sauternes wine finish). Glenmorangie also produces what they call the “prestige expressions,” which include 18, 19 and 25 year age stated whiskies, and the Signet (more below). Additional vintage and private editions have been released over the past few years.
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We will be tasting Pisco from both Peru and Chile. Both countries claim to be the original distiller. Pisco is distilled from grapes in wine country in specific areas of both countries. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia regarding the spirits’ background in both countries.