NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenmorangie is proud to present Glenmorangie Companta, the newest release from Master Distiller, Dr. Bill Lumsden. The exclusive collection is comprised of unique and rare single malts, such as the critically acclaimed Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX and Ealanta, named 2011 and 2014 'World Whisky of the Year' in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Glenmorangie's renowned Director of Whisky Creation and Distilling, Dr. Bill Lumsden, has achieved a refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness with this new expression born of Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and decadently sweet fortified wine from Cotes du Rhone. Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for friendship) celebrates the shared pursuit of perfection between Glenmorangie and renowned French wine makers. Dr. Bill Lumsden explains why Glenmorangie Companta is truly special:
"As a true wine aficionado, some of my most memorable visits have been to France. The smaller vineyards work tirelessly to produce the very best wine, their dedication and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. In the same spirit as Glenmorangie, they stop at nothing in the pursuit of perfection. This shared philosophy inspired me to create the ultimate tribute to my longstanding love for French vineyards and the friends that I've had the pleasure to make throughout my travels.
"Selecting parcels of Glenmorangie which had been matured in traditional American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, I transferred the spirit into casks having previously contained Grand Cru wine from Clos de Tart, one of the most celebrated vineyards in Burgundy.
"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 Cotes du Rhone. 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!"
Companta exudes rich, 'autumnal' scents of red berries, and a hint of fragrant wood smoke with complementary notes of aromatic, nutty oak. The taste slowly reveals a spicy palate fragrant with cherries and stewed fruits, while notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rose-hip syrup emerge. Flavors of milk chocolate and brown sugar lead into a mouth-coating finish. Extra matured in French wine casks, Companta is bottled at a strength of 46%, and non chill-filtered for extra body and texture.
The latest incarnation in the Private Edition's award-winning range of expressions, Companta once again reaffirms the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team's pioneering spirit and commitment to sharing some of the world's most highly regarded single malts with a select audience of like-minded aficionados.
Glenmorangie Companta suggested retail price is $99 and is available globally beginning January 9th until stocks are exhausted.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation to create 'unnecessarily well made' whiskies.
The Glenmorangie Private Edition Range
Glenmorangie's Private Edition is an award-winning range that provides an annual opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados to experience a rare and intriguing single malt brought to life by the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team. Glenmorangie Companta marks the fifth annual release in this lauded range, which has included:
Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX – IWSC 2010 Gold Medal
[Generous] A full bodied whisky, extra matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks
Glenmorangie Finealta – IWSC 2012 Gold Medal
[Elegant] An exquisite recreation of a 1900s recipe from our archives, with subtle notes of peat
Glenmorangie Artein- IWSC 2013 Gold Medal
[Stone] An outstandingly fragrant whisky extra matured in 'Super Tuscan' wine casks, influenced by the stony territory.
Glenmorangie Ealanta - IWSC 2013 Gold Medal
[Skilled & ingenious] A whisky fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest. Ealanta has been named 'World Whisky of the Year' in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014!
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.