Last week, we were among the first in Malaysia to sample Glenmorangie’s eighth Private Edition release — the Glenmorangie Bacalta. The brand’s Private Edition range comprises award-winning single malts that are literally one-of-a-kind — each edition is created once, and can never be duplicated due to the complexities of the process, casks and techniques used. Some of the earlier Private Range editions include the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (ISC 2009 Gold Medal) and Glenmorangie Milsean (ISC 2016 Gold Medal).
Following the success of those previous editions, it’s only natural that Glenmorangie continues its legacy. Enter the Glenmorangie Bacalta, which is aged in Madeira casks.
First, custom American oak casks are created and heavily toasted, then filled with the sweetest Madeira wine — Malmsey — for seasoning. Then, the cask is emptied and shipped to Scotland to be filled with selected spirits which were previously matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Because the casks were infused with Malmsey wine, the Glenmorangie Bacalta enjoys a distinctive layer of sun-baked sweetness unlike any other.
The light gold liquid is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). On the nose, it is fragrant, honeyed and sweet with flavours that are mead-like, similar to ripe apricots and even some sweet white chocolate. Add a dash of water and you’ll be able to sniff a classic port wine tone, with suggestive notes of baked bread, malt or biscuit notes, meadow flowers and some peach crumble.