The Schtick: This is a limited edition expression from Glenmorangie that features the spirit being finished in Madeira casks.
“The eighth release in our multi-award-winning and always intriguing Private Edition, Glenmorangie Bacalta brings new heights of complexity to a rare wood finish. Madeira’s long, balmy days inspire the sun-baked sweetness of Glenmorangie Bacalta, a single malt which has gained warm layers of ripe fruits and white chocolate on a bespoke journey through extra-maturation. Explore its almost endless complexity.” – Glenmorangie
Can the sweetness of Madeira cover Glenmorangie’s notoriously present bitterness? Let’s dive in and find out.
ABV: 46% ABV
Nose: Honey, fresh baked bread. Vanilla bean, toasted almonds. Jammy fruits like currant, blackberry and raspberry.
Taste: Sweet vanilla, toffee, cream and pepper. Clove, baking spice. Light bitterness. Faint jammy fruits, but not nearly as present as the nose would have suggest. Thin to medium mouth feel. Very little heat.
Finish: Short, Lots of fig, vanilla, buttercream. Light toasted almond. Not a lot going on here.
Overall: Enjoyable enough but it seems to suffer from the same weakness as many other Glenmorangie’s: solid enough nose / palate but a totally weak and unremarkable finish. There was nothing bad about this dram, but there was nothing super compelling, either.
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Other Glenmorangie Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #1040 – Glenmorangie Tusail
- Review #1038 – Glenmorangie Spios
- Review #1036 – Glenmorangie Artein
- Review #1034 – Glenmorangie Astar, 2017 Re-release
- Review #1032 – Glenmorangie Bacalta
- Review #1030 – Glenmorangie 12yr Nectar d’Or, Sauternes Cask Finish
- Review #1028 – Glenmorangie 12yr Quinta Ruban, Port Cask Finish
- Review #1026 – Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, Sherry Finish
- Review #1024 – Glenmorangie 10yr “The Original”
- Review #22 – Glenmorangie Lasanta