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In 1995, Glenmorangie released the world's first single malt whisky extra-matured in Madeira casks. Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation and Distilling, has long held an ambition to revisit this extra-maturation. Bespoke casks were created to exacting specifications, long-seasoned with Malmsey, the sweetest, loveliest and most prized of all Madeira Wines, and baked in the sun while the intriguing wine slowly sweetened within.
On the nose the overall sensation is sweet: there are inviting aromas of ripe apricots, then mineral notes followed by white chocolate. A little water brings out an aged-Balsamic tone, malty biscuits even. Its taste initially suggest mint toffee, then come baked fruits, honeycomb, almonds and dates. There is marzipan, white pepper and juicy honeydew melon. The finish is of rich syrup, caramelized citrus and pear, creamy fudge too, with a subtly appealing menthol sensation in the background.
The eight release from the Private Edition collection.