In a bold departure from tradition, the esteemed Glenmorangie Distillery has unveiled its latest creation, the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish—a testament to the innovative spirit of its Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation, and Whisky Stocks, Dr. Bill Lumsden. Renowned for pushing the boundaries of flavor, Dr. Lumsden has once again captivated enthusiasts with the fifth installment of the Barrel Select Release series, a collection celebrated for its exploration of unconventional maturation techniques.
Breaking new ground, Glenmorangie ventures into uncharted territory with the introduction of Calvados casks, a first in the distillery's storied history. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors—the Glenmorangie Malaga Cask Finish, Glenmorangie Cognac Cask Finish, Glenmorangie Palo Cortado Finish, and Glenmorangie Amontillado Finish—the Calvados Cask Finish represents a daring foray into the realm of French sophistication.
Crafted through a meticulous process, the 12-year-old Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish begins its journey with a decade-long maturation in bourbon casks, infusing the spirit with the rich character of American white oak. Subsequently, the whisky undergoes a transformative two-year finishing period in Calvados du Pays d'Auge casks from Normandy, each having gracefully aged for two decades.
Dr. Lumsden, the visionary behind this audacious endeavor, describes his inspiration: "At Glenmorangie, we are always experimenting with ways to create delicious whiskies. Since Calvados casks have never been used before at Glenmorangie, I was intrigued to see how their elegant, orchard notes would complement our whisky’s award-winning fruity style, with a judicious finish."
The resulting libation is a symphony of sensory delight, characterized by a vibrant bouquet of aromas and a palate of unparalleled complexity. With each sip, the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish reveals layers of flavor, from the enticing scent of baked apples and pears to the indulgent taste of toffee apples, almond marzipan, and chocolate praline. The experience is further elevated by subtle nuances of vanilla, jasmine, lemon balsam, and spice, culminating in a finish that is as enduring as it is refreshing.
Presented in a resplendent golden hue, the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish is bottled at 46% ABV, ensuring a perfect balance of strength and refinement. Available exclusively through select retailers in the UK, as well as some retailers in Europe starting February 12th 2024, this rare gem is poised to captivate discerning connoisseurs and aficionados alike.
For those seeking to embark on a sensory journey like no other, the Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish promises an unparalleled exploration of flavor, a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence that defines the Glenmorangie legacy. With each bottle priced at 75 Euros, this exceptional offering invites enthusiasts to savor the essence of innovation and tradition in every sip, a true embodiment of the artistry and craftsmanship that have made Glenmorangie a name synonymous with excellence in the world of single malt whisky.
About Glenmorangie Distillery
Glenmorangie Distillery, located in Tain, Scotland, is renowned for producing some of the world's most elegant and complex single malt Scotch whiskies. Founded in 1843, Glenmorangie has a rich history spanning nearly two centuries. The distillery is situated in the Scottish Highlands, an area known for its pristine natural environment and abundant natural resources, including pure spring water and barley.
Glenmorangie is celebrated for its commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, particularly in the realm of whisky maturation. The distillery boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, which contribute to the light and floral character of its whiskies. Additionally, Glenmorangie is known for its use of a variety of cask types for aging, including ex-bourbon barrels, sherry butts, and wine casks, allowing the whiskies to develop complex and nuanced flavors over time.
One of Glenmorangie's most iconic expressions is its Original 10 Year Old single malt, which serves as the foundation of the brand's portfolio. This whisky is characterized by its smoothness, citrusy notes, and hints of vanilla, making it an approachable and versatile choice for both novice and seasoned whisky drinkers alike.
In addition to its core range, Glenmorangie offers a variety of limited-edition and special-release whiskies, showcasing the distillery's creativity and experimentation. These expressions often feature unique cask finishes or innovative aging techniques, providing whisky enthusiasts with an opportunity to explore new flavor profiles and experiences.
Glenmorangie's commitment to quality and innovation has earned it numerous awards and accolades over the years, solidifying its reputation as one of the leading single malt Scotch whisky producers in the world. The distillery's picturesque location, coupled with its dedication to traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques, makes Glenmorangie a destination for whisky enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable tasting experience. Whether enjoyed neat, with a splash of water, or in cocktails, Glenmorangie whiskies offer a journey of discovery and delight for the senses.