Bacalta is the latest release in the Private Edition
series which was finished in Malmsey Madeira casks.
A new year and as we have now come to expect
around this time of year a new
addition to the acclaimed Glenmorangie Private
Edition series. Glenmorangie today announced the 8th
release in the series, the Glenmorangie Bacalta.
Bacalta, which is Scots
Gaelic for ‘baked’, is the work of Dr Bill Lumsden,
Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky
Creation and is the first Glenmorangie
expression finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey
Glenmorangie tell me that Dr Bill
arranged for bespoke American oak casks to be
created from tight-grained, air-seasoned American
oak staves and the casks were heavily toasted. The casks were then
seasoned to Dr Bill's specifications by Malmsey
wine, which is a very sweet and highly rated Madeira
wine. The wine was baked to maturity as the casks
lay in the heat of Madeira’s sun. These casks were emptied, shipped
to Scotland and filled with specially selected
spirit which had already matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
Glenmorangie say that the
Malmsey casks have lent complex layers of sweetness to
the new Glenmorangie Bacalta.
Given Glenmorangie's excellent track record with
previous Private Edition releases I have very high
hopes for this one as in my experience a good whisky
with a good Madeira wine cask influence can be
outstanding. Some of you may recall the fruity sweet
Glenmorangie Madeira Wood Finish from around 10
years ago which was a decent enough dram which was
slightly lacking in quality and hence never quite
got the same acclaim as other whiskies in the
Glenmorangie Wood Finish range at that time, fingers
crossed the Glenmorangie Bacalta is outstanding and
worthy of its place in the Private Edition series.
As soon as I taste the new Glenmorangie Bacalta I
will add my review below.
Glenmorangie Bacalta is non chill-filtered,
bottled at 46% ABV, it has a RRP of £79 and
will be available from specialist whisky shops such as