This is the fifth addition to the Private Edition range. It reflects Dr Bill Lumsden’s tireless research in maturation and wood policy. Bill Lumsden is Director of Whisky Creation and Distilling for Glenmorangie. “Companta” means friendship in Scot gaelic.
That new rare release is the result of an extra maturation of whisky which had been in ex bourbon casks and was transferred in French wine cask from the famous Burgundy Clos du Tart for a period (the length is not specified). Bill has also added a parcel which has had an extra maturation in casks having contained sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. The press release does not precise if it was Rasteau or Beaumes-de-Venise muscat.
In the glass, we get a complex whisky with a definite winey character. The whisky is not chill filtered. I especially like the palate. The oak is very present but elegant. The price should be around £70.
Nose : Oaky. The winey – close to sherry – influence immediately signs the nose. Damp warehouse, musty aromas. Fungal. A cinnamon hint. Earthy. Orange in the back.
Palate : Raw silk texture. Sweet with a dry astringency. Oak is well integrated and releases complex spicy notes. Roasted hazelnuts but not praline yet.
Finish : Long, dry with a licorice character.
Comment : A well balanced whisky with a wine profile. I prefer the palate to the nose.
Pairing : a guinea-fowl served with red peaches (pêches de vigne) or fresh figs.