The fifth release of Glenmorangie's "Private Edition" range has now been released in Australia. "Companta", the result of Dr Bill Lumsden's spirit of experimentation, follows last year's Ealanta which Jim Murray crowned "2014 World Whisky of the Year" (high praise indeed, even if I generally don't put a lot of weight on Mr Murray's opinions...)
A departure from the usual Bourbon, Sherry, or "a bit of both approach", Companta has been finished in French wine casks - Clos de Tart casks (imparting deep, berried, drying notes), then fortified Rasteau casks from Côtes du Rhône, giving it a rich and berried, but sweet profile.
This isn't the first time a private edition has been finished in wine casks (2012's Artein was finished in Italian Sassicaia casks), but is the first time those wine casks have been French.
Companta is bottled at 46%, is non-chill filtered and retails in Australia for $169.99AUD.
Tasting notes will be up in the next few days.