Glenmorangie innovates with bespoke Madeira finish for eighth Private Edition
March 9, 2017: Eagerly anticipated by aficionados for 2017, Glenmorangie has released Glenmorangie Bacalta - the first Glenmorangie finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks – and the eighth private edition in the history of the brand.
Glenmorangie Bacalta (Scots Gaelic for baked) has taken a unique journey through extra-maturation. Its custom-designed Malmsey Madeira finish reveals a complex character which radiates sun-baked sweetness.
The inspiration for this intriguing limited edition was the release of Glenmorangie Madeira Finish, more than 20 years ago, the world's first whisky extra-matured in Madeira casks. Its character delighted whisky aficionados and it is much sought-after still.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, was determined to realise his vision of the perfect Madeira-finished Glenmorangie, and so drew on the expertise gained from the Distillery's years of pioneering work in cask management. First, Dr Bill arranged for bespoke American oak casks to be created and heavily toasted. The casks were then seasoned to his exacting specifications by Malmsey wine-the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines - which were baked to maturity within as the casks lay in the heat of Madeira's sun. Emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with specially selected spirit-already matured in ex-bourbon barrels-the Malmsey casks lend layers of sun-baked sweetness to Glenmorangie Bacalta.
Dr Bill said, “Connoisseurs will recognize 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.”
The light gold liquid has a finish of caramelised citrus and pears, some creamy fudge, but with always an intriguing mentholic/eucalyptus sensation in the background.
The Glenmorangie Bacalta Private Edition Eight will be available across all leading hotels, restaurants and retail stores in Mumbai and Delhi
Price: Mumbai INR 14,116, Delhi INR 9,030