Scotch is one of the most popular whiskeys around, and it has a surprisingly long history in Europe. The United States produces some incredible whiskeys, but the sheer amount of history the beverage has in Scotland really does give the country an edge.
Scotch whiskey was originally made from malted barley, and the first mention of the beverage was in 1495, within the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. To this day, whiskey distillers who create scotch must abide by a strict set of legal requirements, to ensure that the quality is as high as it is expected all over the world.
Scotland has a multitude of extremely popular distilleries that create this fantastic beverage, one of which is Glenmorangie.
Award-winning Scottish distillery, Glenmorangie, has announced that it will be released its eighth rollout of a Private Edition Series, called Bacalta. This is the first ever whiskey from Glenmorangie that was finished entirely with sun-baked Malmset Madeira casks.
The latest scotch from the renowned distillery is 46% ABV, and the casks used for maturing were made using air-seasoned and tight-grained American oak staves. Heavily toasted and filled with Malmset Madeira (which was specially sourced for this project), the casks were left to bake in the American sunshine for two whole years.
When the casks were ready, they were shipped off to Scotland where they were filled with Glenmorangie’s specially selected whiskey, which had already been matured in barrels previously used for bourbon. This amazing process is what produced the Glenmorangie Bacalta Scottish whiskey, and the distillery seems excited about it.
Dr Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling at the famous distillery, commented on the launch:
“For years I had longed to create the best Madeira-finished whisky possible. Realising that ambition took time and dedication, as every step of extra-maturation was tailored exactly to our specifications – rather like haute couture. Connoisseurs will recognise the radiating warmth of our bespoke sun-baked casks in Glenmorangie Bacalta’s aromas of ripe apricots, white chocolate and mineral notes. There are complex tastes of mint toffee, baked fruits, honeycomb, almonds and dates, mingling with marzipan, white pepper and melon – and a rich, syrupy finish. Glenmorangie Bacalta is a burst of sunshine in a glass.”
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Remember that good whiskey is all about the experience, so if you’re looking forward to experiencing Glenmorangie’s latest offering, make sure you have the right glasses at hand!