Glenmorangie Virtual Tasting with Global Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore

I recently had a chance to host Glenmorangie’s David Blackmore for a virtual tasting of the distillery’s Original, 18-Year-Old, and Bacalta expressions.  In addition to tasting some wonderful whiskies, we discussed Glenmorangie’s wood management, secondary maturation and more.  Enjoy!

Please excuse the echo in the beginning of the video.  It corrects itself a couple of minutes in.

Glenmorangie Bacalta Whisky Review


Image courtesy: Glenmorangie

I love experimentation in the whisky world.  Sure, the end result may not necessarily please, but the the fact that whisky makers are playing around excites me.  For quite some time now, Glenmorangie has developed a reputation for bringing some fantastic wine cask-finished whiskies to market.  In my book, Dr. Bill Lumsden is a top innovator when it comes to cask management.  The man can do some magical things with different types of casks.  The distillery’s standard lineup alone feature whiskies finished in sherry casks, port casks, and Sauternes casks.  Then take a look at Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition releases.  They usually (but not always) feature a secondary maturation in a wine cask.  The 2017 addition to the Private Edition lineup is Bacalta.

Bacalta (Gaelic for ‘baked’) starts life off in ex-bourbon casks.  It then matures for a short undisclosed period in custom ex-Malmsey Madeira wine casks.  Malmsey wine is considered to be the sweetest of Madeira wines.  These casks are seasoned with Malmsey wine and baked outdoors in the sun for two years.  The wine was emptied and the casks shipped to Scotland, where they were filled with already matured Glenmorangie whisky.  The resulting whisky is bottled at 46% abv and is non-chill filtered.

I had the pleasure of tasting Bacalta the week before its worldwide launch at a local Glenmorangie tasting.  Though my palate was a bit exhausted after trying the entire Glenmorangie lineup before, my first impressions of Bacalta were positive.  I found it richly sweet, but not cloying.  It was also very fruity.  I’ve since spent more time with the whisky.  My first impression was correct.

The nose has hints of ripe peaches, marzipan, vanilla and some spice.  Dried apricots and berries add a fruitiness to a creamy custard base.  Ginger liqueur, honey, and crisp lemon zest are showcased on the mid-palate.  The medium finish features caramel chews, light wine, and fresh mint.

To me, this is the definition of a dessert whisky.  It’s quite lovely.  The Madeira wine cask finish plays really well with the light style, bourbon cask-matured whisky that comes out of the Glenmorangie distillery.  Very well done, and very much recommended!  9/10

Thanks to Glenmorangie for the sample.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Weekly Whiskey News Roundup 8/12/16

Welcome to our inaugural weekly news roundup.  Every week or so, I’ll share any whisky news that hits my inbox in a short post.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about adding to the blog for a while.  With dental surgery curbing my whisky tasting for a few days, I figured now is as good a time as any to start.

  • New expressions of Glen Grant are hitting the U.S. market.  Glen Grant released a 12-year-old expression this past June, and an 18-year-old single malt is expected to hit shelves this October.  SRP for the latter is $119.99.  This announcement comes as their Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm, was appointed “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” by Queen Elizabeth.
  • Glenmorangie brings their Legends Collection to the U.S (sort of).  Starting August 10th and lasting for three months, Glenmo fans can taste and buy Duthac, Tayne and the most recent release Tarlogan at the International Shoppes Duty Free store at JFK Airport in NYC.
  • Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel program get a personal touch.  Dubbed the “Personal Collection,” Jack Daniel’s expansion of their Single Barrel program now allows customers to pick out their own barrel of the Tennessee Whiskey.  The new program is similar to the single barrel selections of other distilleries wherein the customer can come in and pick from a selection of barrels chosen by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.  Can’t make the trip to Lynchburg, TN?  Jack Daniel’s distillery will ships samples to the customer to choose from.
  • The Cooper’s Croze: a new expression of Jameson soon arrives in the U.S.  The Cooper’s Croze is the first in a series of three whiskies that pay homage to different aspects of whiskey-making.  Created by Midleton Distillery Head Cooper Ger Buckley,  the new Irish whiskey is named after the tool used to make the groove where the head of the barrel is positioned in order to seal the barrel.  The new expression hits shelves this August for an SRP of $69.99.