Glenmorangie Bacalta joins Private Edition rangeBy Nicola Carruthers
Glenmorangie has released Bacalta, the brand’s first Scotch whisky finished in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks and the eighth expression in its Private Edition range.
Glenmorangie Bacalta, which is Scots Gaelic for ‘baked’, follows the launch of Glenmorangie Milsean in January last year.
The inspiration for the new limited edition bottling first began more than 20 years ago, with the release of Glenmorangie Madeira Finish, the world’s first whisky extra matured in Madeira casks.
To develop the Madeira-finished concept, Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling and whisky creation drew on the distillery’s work in cask management.
American oak casks were specially created and heavily toasted, before being seasoned by Malmsey wine – said to be the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines. The casks then lay to ‘bake’ in the heat of Madeira’s sun.
After two years the casks were emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with whisky already matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.
The influence of the Malmsey casks are said to lend complex layers of sweetness to Glenmorangie Bacalta.
Lumsden said: “For years I had longed to create the best Madeira-finished whisky possible. Realising that ambition took time and dedication, as every step of extra-maturation was tailored exactly to our specifications – rather like haute couture.
“Connoisseurs will recognise the radiating warmth of our bespoke sun-baked casks in Glenmorangie Bacalta’s aromas of ripe apricots, white chocolate and mineral notes. There are complex tastes of mint toffee, baked fruits, honeycomb, almonds and dates, mingling with marzipan, white pepper and melon – and a rich, syrupy finish. Glenmorangie Bacalta is a burst of sunshine in a glass.”
Bottled at 46% abv and non-chill filtered, Glenmorangie Bacalta will be available from specialist whisky shops worldwide priced at £79.