Whisky Focus - Glenmorangie Companta Fifth Private Edition Range

Glenmorangie Companta

9th January 2014
Glenmorangie Companta the fifth annual offering in the highly rated award-winning Private Edition range.

Glenmorangie have announced the release of the fifth annual limited edition bottling in its highly rated Private Edition range. This years bottling is Glenmorangie Companta which has been extra-matured in a selection of ex-French wine casks.

As most of you will already know, Companta's predecessor, the superb Ealanta, was recently named the world’s best dram by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2014, so the Companta has a very high standard to live up to.

Created by wood management pioneer and three-time winner of Malt Advocate’s coveted Industry Leader of the Year award Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie Companta is the latest in the Private Edition range – a group of rare and intriguing single malts.

Glenmorangie Companta is Scots Gaelic for friendship and celebrates Glenmorangie and distinguished French vineyards’ shared pursuit of perfection.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said: "Having spent over 20 years travelling to some of France’s most renowned vineyards, I’ve had the opportunity to sample many rare and intriguing wines in search of the finest casks to complement the extra-maturation of our whisky.

"Some of my most memorable visits have been to Burgundy, where the dedication and attention to detail that goes into their craft never ceases to amaze me.

"The smaller vineyards of the region don’t seem to worry about yields, costs, or timings. They work tirelessly, simply to produce the very best wine. In the same spirit as Glenmorangie, they stop at nothing in the pursuit of perfection.

"This shared philosophy inspired me to create the ultimate tribute to my longstanding love for French vineyards and the friends that I’ve had the pleasure to make throughout my travels."

A refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness, Companta is the result of a careful assemblage of Glenmorangie extra-matured in both renowned Burgundy Grand Cru Clos de Tart casks and sweet fortified wine casks from Côtes du Rhône.

Lumsden explained: "Selecting parcels of Glenmorangie which had been matured in traditional American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, I transferred the spirit into casks having previously contained one of my personal favourites – the full-bodied Grand Cru wine from Clos de Tart, one of the most celebrated vineyards in Burgundy.

"After a period of extra-maturation, the casks imparted additional body and deep berry-like flavours to the trademark elegant, floral character of the Glenmorangie."

"To complement the bold, spicy character imparted from the Grand Cru casks, I selected a parcel of Glenmorangie which had been extra-maturing in casks having previously contained a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. It took some time, but with careful fine tuning we reached a harmonious assemblage which proved the perfect balance; neither too bold nor too tame!"

Bottled at a strength of 46% ABV, and non chill-filtered for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Companta is available from independent specialist retailers and department stores with an RSP of £69.99.

I haven't had the chance to taste the Glenmorangie Companta yet but when I do I will certainly let you know what I think of it, I have high hopes for it given the quality of the bottlings in the Private Editions series that have preceded it, meanwhile see Glenmorangie's own tasting note below.

Glenmorangie Companta Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Companta exudes rich, "autumnal" scents of red berries and damp forest floors, with a hint of fragrant woodsmoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak.

Taste: A spicy palate redolent of cherries and stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate and brown sugar, leading into a mouth-coating finish.

The Glenmorangie Private Edition Range

Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range provides an annual opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados to experience a rare and intriguing single malt brought to life by the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team. Glenmorangie Companta marks the fifth annual release in this lauded range, which has included:
  • Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (Translation: Generous)

    A full bodied whisky, extra matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.
  • Glenmorangie Finealta (Translation: Elegant)

    An exquisite recreation of a 1900s recipe from our archives, with subtle notes of peat.
  • Glenmorangie Artein (Translation: Stone)

    An outstandingly fragrant whisky extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks, influenced by the stony terroir.
  • Glenmorangie Ealanta (Translation: Skilled & ingenious)

    A whisky fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest. Ealanta has been named “World Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014! Murray described Ealanta as “borderline perfection”.


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