Glenmorangie has unveiled Bacalta, the eighth of its annual Private Edition releases, a single malt whisky extra-matured in Madeira wine casks. The legendary Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation, and whisky stocks. Along with that impressive title comes the freedom to try just about anything this side of bacon infusion. Twenty years ago, he dazzled Scotch aficionados with Madeira Finish, the world’s first whisky extra-matured in Madeira sherry casks. Today collectors pay top dollar to get their hands on stock from that off-market line.
The Madeira casks were constructed, toasted and seasoned with sweet Malmsey Madeira wine for two years in a traditional canteiro – a warehouse heated by the sun on the Portuguese island – in line with the specifications of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks.
The resulting whisky, bottled at 46% ABV, is non-age statement and said to have “complex layers of sweetness” because of the Malmsey finish. Bacalata is available starting this month for around £79, or about $100 USD.
“For years I had longed to create the best Madeira-finished whisky possible,” said Lumsden in a prepared statement. “Realising that ambition took time and dedication, as every step of extra-maturation was tailored exactly to our specifications – rather like haute couture.”