New Glenmorangie whisky matured in French wine casks

glenmorangie CompantaGlenmorangie is to release a new whisky that has been matured in casks formerly used for red wine and sweet fortified wine from France.

Glenmorangie Companta will be the fifth annual Private Edition release from the whisky maker, following last year’s award-winning Ealanta.

It has been matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart, a vineyard in Burgundy famous for its red wines, as well as casks of a sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône.

Its name, which is Scots Gaelic for friendship, celebrates the kindred spirits discovered through a shared pursuit of perfection.

Head of distilling and whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden said: “Having spent over 20 years traveling to some of France’s most renowned vineyards, I’ve had the opportunity to sample many rare and intriguing wines in search of the finest casks to complement the extra maturation of our whisky.

“As a true wine aficionado, some of my most memorable visits have been to Burgundy, where the dedication and attention to detail that goes into their craft never ceases to amaze me.

“The smaller vineyards of the region don’t seem to worry about yields, costs, or timings. They work tirelessly, simply to produce the very best wine. In the same spirit as Glenmorangie, they stop at nothing in the pursuit of perfection.

“To complement the bold, spicy character imparted from the Grand Cru casks, I selected a parcel of Glenmorangie which had been extra maturing in casks having previously contained a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône.

“It took some time, but with careful fine-tuning we reached a harmonious assemblage which proved the perfect balance: neither too bold nor too tame.”

According to the tasting notes, Companta exudes rich, autumnal scents of red berries and damp forest floors on the nose, with a hint of fragrant wood smoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak.

A spicy palate redolent of cherries and stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rosehip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate and brown sugar, leading into a mouth-coating finish.

Bottled at 46% ABV, and non-chill-filtered for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Companta has the recommended retail price of £69.99.

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