Malt Advocate 88 points - Tusail-apparently Gaelic for ‘originary’-is the sixth release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition collection. It was distilled using floor-malted Maris Otter winter barley, once ubiquitous in the British brewing industry but now practically a rare breed. Oily on the nose, notably linseed, then becoming more floral. Cinnamon, ginger snaps, and faint new leather. Viscous on the palate, with poached pears, cloves, nutmeg, and polished oak. Drying, nutty oak in the finish.
(Summer 2015) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Aug 2015)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Delicate and elegant aromas of sprouted grain and fresh churned butter. Silky and spicy on the palate it is warm with just a touch of natural sweetness. Flavors smack of toasted grains and coffee with cream. Thoroughly enjoyable (Mar 2015)
The 6th release from Glenmorangie's award-winning Private Edition, Tůsail is the product of a carefully-selected parcel of Maris Otter barley, floor-malted by hand using traditional techniques, and non chill-filtered.
A rich winter variety of barley first introduced in 1965, Maris Otter was bred specifically to meet the demand for a high quality brewing malt and recognized for its ability to impart rich, rustic malty flavours. Now used only by a select few who continue, like Glenmorangie, to uphold an ethos of sacrificing yield for quality by using only the finest ingredients, the result is a whisky celebrating the variety’s renowned taste profile.
Aroma: Deep earthy, robust aromas of malty, biscuity tones, with a backbone of nut toffee.
Taste: A rich, rustic profile of nut toffee, sweet barley malt, ginger, cinnamon, and dates in molasses complements more familiar Glenmorangie notes of peaches, oranges and smoked pears.
Finish: Tůsail lingers on with a mouth-coating finish.