For today’s post I’m going to review the Glenmorangie Bacalta which is the 8th release in the Private Edition range and the first Glenmorangie which has been finished in Malmsey Madeira casks. The Malmsey Madeira casks are considered to be one of the prized Madeira wines and a rare food finish. The Bacalta is bottled at 46% abv and non-chill filtered, with the initial maturation in First fill american oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of 10 years before being transferred and finished in Malmsay madeira casks for the remaining 2 and a half years. Now let’s dive into the tasting notes.
My Tasting Notes:
Nose: On the nose straight away I’m greeted with the powerful abv followed by ripe sun soaked oranges, candied citrus peel, then warming spice with cinnamon, maple syrup and honeyed cinnamon bark. Very juicy in character.
Palate: Moving onto the Palate rich in texture, a combination of grapefruit and orange zest, a short burst in mouth warming spice, baked fruit such as apricots and spiced oranges covered in thick Honey. Just on the end more sweeter notes develop like sugar syrup on bread.
Finish: A long finish with a oaky dryness, the citrus tang stays consistent but now as a more juicy sweeter note of sundried sultanas, fudge, and sweet bread right on the end.
AGE: 12 ½ yrs
CASKS: First Fill American Oak Bourbon Barrells + Malmsay Madeira Casks
DISTILLERY: Glenmorangie Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN: Highlands, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: Yes (Few Cases Global)
The Past Private Editions:
1st – Sonnalta PX
2nd – Finealta
3rd – Artein 15yr
4th – Ealanta
5th – Companta
6th – Tusail
7th – Milsean
8th – Bacalta
Comments: If you have a chance to get a hold of one of the Glenmorangie Bacalta be sure to enjoy and savour this exquisite dram, my advice would be buy two, yes TWO because one you can enjoy and the other keep aside because this whisky will gain value as its part of the Private Edition Range and it will be limited. To conclude I really enjoyed this dram and its a madeira cask finish which I would definitely recommend, as for the money aspect at around £80 for the bottle it can be seen as steep but then again it is a Private edition & limited, if your buying it for opening or keeping I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. If have tried it let me know what you think down below in the comments section. Slainte!