Glenmorangie unveils sweeter whisky finished in red wine casks

Glenmorangie Milsean

A whisky extra-matured in heavily toasted Portuguese red wine casks has been released as the latest in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition collection.

Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced “meel-shen”) takes its name from the Scots Gaelic for “sweet things” because the extra maturation brings aromas and flavours reminiscent of an old-fashioned sweet shop.

The new limited release has been created by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling and whisky creation, using Glenmorangie Original as a starting point.

After being first matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, it was aged for another two-and-a-half years in casks that previously held red wine from Portugal’s Douro Valley. The casks were heavily toasted before being filled with the whisky.

It has been bottled at 46% ABV and is non-chillfiltered for extra body and texture. With notes of lemon sherbet and Dolly Mixtures, the whisky’s complex character is reflected in the red and white striped packaging inspired by sweet shop paper bags.

It is available in only selected markets including the UK, where in retail it has a recommended price of £75.99.

Bill said: “A glass of Glenmorangie Milsean transports me straight to an old-fashioned sweet shop with its sweet and spicy bouquet, with hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits and fudge.

“Extra-maturing Glenmorangie in heavily toasted red wine casks for the first time has allowed us to create a whisky recalling a bygone era.

“I hope its deep tastes of cherries, angelica, candied orange peel and unusual intensity of caramelised fruits, will surprise and delight whisky aficionados and malt connoisseurs.”

It is the seventh release in the Private Edition collection where Bill has experimented with elements such as the wood and the barley to create unique, innovative whiskies. The previous release was Glenmorangie Tùsail, made with Maris Otter barley which is not normally used for whisky.

Milsean is available at Brown’s Hotel in London’s Mayfair as part of the hotel’s 10-day whisky pop-up in the Library Bar. It features around 40 whiskies, including drams from Glenmorangie, with a whisky sommelier on hand to help guests choose their perfect dram. It runs from January 20 to 29, open from 6pm every evening.

Glenmorangie Milsean tasting notes by Dr Bill Lumsden
It is a copper beech-coloured single malt, with a sweet and spicy bouquet containing hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits candy sweetness and buttery coconut. Its complex, sugar-coated tastes include tart plummy fruit, cherries and candied orange peel, while its finish features ginger, brown sugar and cake mix.

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