GSN Review: Glenmorangie Bacalta


The latest release in Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky’s Private Edition series is inspired by the gentle warmth of long, balmy days on the Madeira Islands. In its pursuit of innovation, the Scottish Highland Distillery introduces Glenmorangie Bacalta, the first Glenmorangie finished entirely in Malmsey Madeira casks.

Taking its name from Scots Gaelic for baked, Bacalta reflects Glenmorangie’s approach to extra-maturation, employing a custom-designed Malmsey Madeira finish that reveals a complex character that radiates sun-baked sweetness.

The inspiration for this intriguing limited edition first glimmered more than 20 years ago, with the release of Glenmorangie Madeira Finish, the world’s first whisky extra-matured in Madeira casks. For Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, the memory of that expression lingered on. Determined to realize his vision of the perfect Madeira-finished Glenmorangie, he drew on the expertise gained from the Distillery’s years of pioneering work in cask management.

First, Dr. Lumsden arranged for bespoke American oak casks to be created and heavily toasted. The casks were then seasoned to his specifications by Malmsey wine – the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines – which was baked within to maturity 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.

Glenmorangie Bacalta (92 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Immediate Malmsey nose supported by a heathery, lively malt nose.  Quite inviting and spice laden with dark fruit overtones.
Taste: Round, warm, exceptionally smooth and with a perfect balance of wood, this is exceptional.  It’s not hyperbole, but you can actually taste a sense of sunshine in the glass.  The Madeira adds so much to the mix, but never overwhelms the whisky.
Finish: Long with a lot of drawn out sweet, fruity and caramel tones.  This is the definition of a dessert scotch whisky.
Overall: Phenomenal.  A lovely scotch that hits all of the right notes without being obvious about it.  Highly recommended.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Glenmorangie


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