Glenmorangie Bacalta is the 8th annual release in Glenmorangie's Private Edition range. Bacalta is Scots Gaelic for ‘baked’ and the name refers to the casks that were used to finish the whisky. First matured in ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky was then finished in bespoke, heavily toasted American oak casks that were seasoned with Malmsey wine (a sweet and highly prized Madeira wine) and then baked to maturity within as the casks lay exposed to the sun. Bottled at 46%.
Nose: Fragrant, honeyed and sweet with ripe apricots, mead-like, and a curious minerally/flinty note, followed by sweet white chocolate, malty/biscuit notes, meadow flowers and some peach crumble.
Taste: An initial burst of mint toffee, with baked fruits such as caramelised oranges and apricots, lots of honeycomb, almonds and dates. Milk chocolate, marzipan, white pepper and ripe, juicy honeydew melon.
Finish: A rich, syrupy aftertaste, with more caramelised citrus and pears, creamy fudge, but always with an intriguing mentholic/eucalyptus sensation in the background.