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Glenmorangie Bacalta Single Malt Scotch Private Edition ($99.99): Baked Malmsey Madeira Casks. Over recent years Glenmorangie has been releasing Private Editions of select Single Malts. Bacalta is in fact the 8th annual edition in this range.  The work to create this Whisky goes back many years. Dr Bill Lumsden who is Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling had American Oak casks created to his precise specifications, including the precise toast level. After preparation they were filled with specially chosen Malmsey Madeira and aged in the sun for two years as per his instructions. The casks were then emptied and shipped to Scotland where they were filled with select Glenmorangie Scotch that had been aging in Ex-Bourbon Barrels to that point.
This limited edition Single Malt from Glenmorangie has apricot and bits of yeast on the nose. Toasted pecan, tangerine zest, dates, and a hint of chicory are all evident on the layered palate. The long, persistent finish shows hints of heat, candied orange rind, mesquite honey and a bit of bitter chocolate. For a distillery that already features a host of Single Malt’s finished in a 2nd set of casks it’s impressive that they’ve created an expression that is wholly unique from the others. That said the Glenmorangie fingerprint of style, grace and proportion which embodies their portfolio remains intact.

If your taste in Single Malt Scotch runs to expressions of this style with a specific cask finish on them, Glenmorangie should be on your short list of producers to drink on the regular. Their work in this area is both phenomenal and industry leading. Bacalta the latest entry only enhances the reputation of their portfolio. If for some reason you’re not yet familiar with the Glenmorangie range, Bacalta is a delicious place to jump in.

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