Astar student Lumsden creates class of ’17 version of Glenmorangie malt

Glenmorangie is bringing its Astar single malt back to the market after a nine-year gap.

The first release of the whisky, aged in casks made from oak from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, was in 2008 and it is returning as limited edition from September.

The casks used to mature the whisky in Scotland have previously been filled with bourbon for four years in the US before being shipped.

Director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks Bill Lumsden has been trying to recreate Astar for several years but the long gap was caused by the scarce availability of appropriate casks.

Lumsden said: “At Glenmorangie we are always searching for perfection, and Astar’s first release, entirely matured in our designer casks, was a momentous step on our journey.

“I’m delighted to be able to share the 2017 release with more single malt lovers, and to celebrate with them the whisky’s wonderfully creamy, spicy aromas and silky tastes of soft fruit smothered with vanilla custard.”

Glenmorangie Astar – Scots Gaelic for journey – is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 52.5% abv with an rrp of £74.

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