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Glenmorangie Barrel Select Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old

19th January 2024
Glenmorangie continue to explore diverse flavour profiles as they unveil the fifth instalment in their Barrel Select Series, the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year.

Glenmorangie Barrel Select Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year OldGlenmorangie today unveiled the fifth instalment in their Barrel Select series of small batch single malts, an exploration series that delves into the diverse flavour profiles resulting from various cask finishes. This latest instalment is the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old, the first ever Calvados Cask Finish from the Highland based distillery which they describe as having a "uniquely floral and fruity" profile.

The distillery tells me that the Glenmorangie Calvados Finish offers entwining scents of jasmine with baked apples and pears, this 12 Year Old bottling is said to introduce fresh, mellower dimensions to Glenmorangie's distinctive fruity notes.

For 180 years, the whisky artisans at Glenmorangie have pursued boundless creativity in their quest to craft single malt whiskies for a broader audience. Guided today by their esteemed Director of Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden, they distil their delicate, fruity spirit in towering stills, providing ample room for taste and aroma. This unique elixir is then aged in some of the world's finest casks.

Driven by curiosity, Dr. Bill was captivated by the gentle orchard nuances of Calvados, a French spirit distilled from apples (and occasionally pears). Intrigued by the idea of enhancing the whisky's classic, fruity finesse, he decided to experiment. Taking a whisky matured for over a decade in American white oak bourbon casks, emblematic of Glenmorangie's elegant style, he transferred it into Calvados du Pays d'Auge casks from Normandy, France, which had aged for two decades.

Following a meticulously timed finishing process, Dr. Bill's creation was ready to be shared. Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish is described  as a soft and delightfully rich expression, harmonising the mellow notes of baked apples and pears with subtle undertones of jasmine, narcissus, and vanilla.

Dr Bill said: "At Glenmorangie, we are always experimenting with ways to create delicious whiskies. Since Calvados casks have never been used before at Glenmorangie, I was intrigued to see how their elegant, orchard notes would complement our whisky’s award-winning fruity style, with a judicious finish. Glenmorangie Calvados Finish is a wonderful addition to our Barrel Select Release series of small-batch single malts. Entwining scents of baked pears, vanilla and jasmine with tastes of toffee apples, lemon balsam and spice, this rare whisky takes all that is good about Glenmorangie, to richly delicious new heights."

I haven't had a chance to taste this one yet so I cant comment on its quality but you will find the official tasting note below. The Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old has a RRP of £75 and you will find along side the  current Glenmorangie whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish 12 Year Old Review

Bottled non chill-filtered at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A most fragrant whisky at full strength, with notes of baked apples, pears, vanilla, almond and a slightly waxy note. With water, some fragrant, floral notes emerge, like narcissus, jasmine and heather honey. Finally, the aroma of baking sweet pastries is found.

Taste: The mouthfeel is oily and spicy at the same time, and leads into a burst of rich sweet flavours. Baked pears, toffee apple, almond marzipan, star anise and chocolate praline are found, along with some lemon balsam, eucalyptus and a touch of charcoal.

Finish: Long, lingering and almost slightly cooling in nature.

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