Wednesday, February 01, 2017


The multi award winning Highland distillery Glenmorangie, has announced the eighth release in its Private Edition series; Bacalta, the first Glenmorangie expression finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks.

Glenmorangie Bacalta (46% ABV) was matured in casks that were created specifically for the extra-maturation. Made from tight-grained, air-seasoned American oak staves, the casks were heavily toasted, then filled with specifically sourced Malmsey Madeira and baked by the heat of the sun for two years.

Glenmorangie Bacalta

The casks were then emptied, transported to Scotland, and filled with specially selected Glenmorangie whisky, already matured in ex-bourbon barrels, to create Glenmorangie Bacalta.

Glenmorangie is proud to announce the eighth annual release in its Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for ‘baked’, Bacalta is the first Glenmorangie expression finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks.

The inspiration for Bacalta, which takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘baked’, is said to have began 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 realise 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.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: “For years I had longed to create the best Madeira-finished whisky possible. Realising that ambition took time and dedication, as every step of extra-maturation was tailored exactly to our specifications – rather like haute couture. Connoisseurs will recognise the radiating warmth of our bespoke sun-baked casks in Glenmorangie Bacalta’s aromas of ripe apricots, white chocolate and mineral notes.  There are complex tastes of mint toffee, baked fruits, honeycomb, almonds and dates, mingling with marzipan, white pepper and melon – and a rich, syrupy finish.  Glenmorangie Bacalta is a burst of sunshine in a glass.”

Glenmorangie’s Private Edition is an award-winning range which provides an annual opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados to experience a rare and intriguing single malt.

Glenmorangie Bacalta, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £79.00.

Posted by Steve Rush