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Glenmorangie Cadboll Joins Travel Retail Legends Collection

8th January 2018
Glenmorangie Cadboll offers dessert like flavours inspired by a centuries old Highland heirloom.

Glenmorangie CadbollGlenmorangie have unveiled the latest addition to their so far impressive travel retail exclusive Legends Collection. This month we see the new Glenmorangie Cadboll join the Legends Collection, a permanent addition to the Legends Collection which should appeal to most palates as it was aged in ex-American Bourbon casks and finished in barriques which previously held sweet French wines such as those of Muscat and Sémillon grapes.

Exclusive to Travel Retail, the Glenmorangie Legends Collection is a unique series of single malt whiskies created by Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden to showcase Glenmorangie’s pioneering wood expertise through innovative cask assemblages and intriguing extra-maturations.

Each creative expression in the collection Glenmorangie Duthac, Glenmorangie Tayne, the new Glenmorangie Cadboll and the outstanding limited-edition Glenmorangie Tarlogan were inspired by the lands which have homed Glenmorangie’s Highland Distillery since 1843.

Glenmorangie Cadboll, the collection’s third permanent release, pays homage to a precious 16th century silver wine cup long treasured by the MacLeods of Cadboll, whose connections with Glenmorangie’s homeland run deep. In 1699 they created Glenmorangie’s Highland home, Glenmorangie House (then Cadboll House) a few miles from where the Distillery now stands.

I haven't yet had the chance to taste the Glenmorangie Cadboll but the distillery tells me that it hints at the sweet wines of the 16th and 17th centuries the Cadboll cup might once have held.

Dr Bill said: "The Cadboll Cup’s secret past is fascinating. Even now, no one knows who crafted the cup – or how its marriage of Highland and continental design came to be. Glenmorangie Cadboll is our sumptuous celebration of its contrasting character. The whisky’s aromas of baked bread and toasted brioche remind me of France. It is delightfully smooth and sweet on the palate, with tastes of mint humbugs, milky toffee and a long finish, full of old-fashioned confectionery. I hope the travelling connoisseur will enjoy this sweet tribute to our homeland’s heritage."

Glenmorangie Cadboll is bottled at 43% ABV and has a RRP of £75 and will be exclusive to travel retail from this month but if you have no plans to travel you will find the current Glenmorangie whisky range as well as a few limited releases available from specialist online whisky shops such as  The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glenmorangie Cadboll Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: The first impression is of baked bread or freshly toasted brioche, dry and sweet at the same time. As the nose develops, light, sweet and lemony notes appear. There are more dry notes with a flinty and fresh aroma. There is even a discreet savoury note towards the end, like roasted sage. Some water opens up the sweet notes further, with vanilla pods, and a deeper citrus note of lemon posset or orange cream.

Taste: A smooth and full mouthfeel, this is a slightly denser, more viscous expression of Glenmorangie. The flavour of freshly baked biscuits still warm from the oven. Then more sweet flavours of candy sweets and icing sugar on the palate, which are balanced with a dry, crisp minerality and some of Glenmorangie’s signature floral aromas. With water, some mint humbugs and lots of milky, soft toffee fill the palate, then melting vanilla ice-cream.

Finish: Long and complex, with a final suggestion of old-fashioned candy, especially strawberry- and lemon-flavoured boiled sweets.

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