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)
Tusail is Glenmorangie's newest release in their Private Edition range. Made using a specific barley called Maris Otter, which used to be commercially produced, but has fallen out of favor for Barleys that are easier to work with. This traditional barley is used in a traditional way, being floor malted at the Glenmorangie distillery. The method involves the barley being germinated, or malted, on the floor. This is a rich and rustic Scotch with toffee, sweet ginger, molasses and dates as well as citrus notes, and smoked pears.