Glenmorangie AStar 2008 1000ml
Glenmorangie AStar 2008 1000ml – Rare and Collectible
Do not confuse this bottle with the 700ml, 2017 bottlings that are available online at ¥1250 – ¥1500. The FRONT LABEL is the clear distinction between both types. The 2017 bottling refers to the 2008 bottling and is bottled at US PROOF 105. The 2008 bottling has no references to the old bottling and is bottles at US PROOF 100.
700ml bottles of the 2008 bottling sell for £200 and €300. (You can check here at Whisky Exchange and you can check here at The Old Liquor Company) This is a uniquely rare 1000ml format – we have only seen one sold online, in 2011. There are no 1000ml bottles on any international market.
Bottle Dating L8
Bottle Code L8 255 05:36 6ML. “L8” means 2008. “255” is the 255th day of the year (11th September, 2008). 6ML refers to the “Caladonian bottling line” check this here.
‘Astar’ is Gaelic for ‘journey’. In this Glenmorangie AStar 2008 release, Master Distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden has changed the typical wood regime employing a number of white oak barrels originating from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. These barrels have had a lengthened curing time from three months or kiln-style drying, to two full years’ air seasoning. Toasting time has also changed from two minutes to thirty seconds to ensure that wood sugars in the new barrels are not burnt, imparting a bitter taste to the whisky. These barrels are first filled with new spirit and matured for three years at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, then emptied and shipped to Scotland whole to preserve their integrity, rather than being broken down which is the general practice. They are then filled with Glenmorangie new make spirit and matured for approximately ten years. Astar was discontinued due to the lack of proper barrels, re-introduced again in 2017.
Nose: Rich in toffee and crème-brulee, drizzled with fresh menthol, warm cinnamon and deep aniseed spices. Mint humbugs and a sweet honey-lemon complexity follows.
Palate: Crème-brulee with a burst of mouth-watering pineapple, poached pears and apricots, smothered with vanilla custard.
Finish: The finish is long and smooth with a lingering mix of honey and almond, coconut ice and traces of aniseed.