Discover This: Glenmorangie
Glenmorangie is a Scotch distillery that’s known to every sip-drinking enthusiast under the sun. Originating in the Scottish Highlands in 1843 and known for having the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, Glenmorangie is a brand that has undoubtedly earned its reputation as one of the best producers of Scotch whisky on the market.
Their new drop, the Bacalta, is the eighth entry into its Private Edition collection. For background, every year Glenmorangie adds to this award-winning collection of rare and intriguing single malts inviting whisky connoisseurs to explore the Scottish Highland Distillery’s passion for innovation. Eagerly anticipated by aficionados, comes the eighth release, Glenmorangie Bacalta – the first Glenmorangie finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks.
Bacalta (Scots Gaelic for baked) has taken a unique journey through extra-maturation. Bespoke at every turn, its custom-designed Malmsey Madeira finish reveals a complex character that radiates sun-baked sweetness. It has a fragrant, honeyed nose with hints of ripe apricots and a curious mineral note. A drop of pure water brings out an aged balsamic tone, with layers of malt, freshly baked bread and meadow flowers. A sip brings a burst of mint toffee, with honeycomb, almonds, white pepper, milk chocolate and ripe honeydew melon all blending together to create an entirely unique taste. Finally, the finish has a rich, syrupy aftertaste that adds more caramelised citrus and creamy fudge, but maintains those minty foundations.
The use of Madeira casks isn’t an entirely new thing, but is absolutely Glenmorangie. The distillery released the Madeira finish more than 20 years ago, and the taste is still sought after today. Glenmorangie sought to continue to develop the character but, naturally, only the highest-quality casks would do – an they are extraordinarily hard to procure, hence the two-decade wait between Madeira whiskies.