Highland single malt Glenmorangie shares the taste and terroir of its homeland with the new Cadboll Estate series of single-estate whiskies.
Crafted by Glenmorangie from their own field to glass, this limited-edition series brings the spirit and flavour of the distillery’s cherished Highland home; Aged for 15 years, the third batch of Glenmorangie The Cadboll Estate brings a nutty and spicy twist to the series’ award-winning flavour.
Glenmorangie’s Cadboll Estate field lies just a short journey from the distillery, on the scenic Easter Ross peninsula, between the Moray Firth and the Dornoch Firth. Few live here – it’s a tranquil, rural place boasting wide-open skies, endless barley fields and beautiful beaches that come alive with the cycles of the seasons.
Some years ago, Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of whisky creation, became inspired to share the essence of the whisky’s homeland more widely in a series of single-estate expressions, giving birth to The Cadboll Estate series.
Each release in the series begins in the distillery’s own barley fields, located on the Cadboll Estate, and planted and harvested to Lumsden’s specifications. This Cadboll barley is then mashed and distilled in Glenmorangie’s towering copper stills (the highest in Scotland, as tall as an adult giraffe to allow for a more elegant taste and aroma), to bring forth a uniquely delicious spirit.
Lumsden imagined how he might bring hints of nuts and spice to that rare spirit’s softness. With these flavours in mind, he selected spirit created from two separate barley harvests and aged it in American oak bourbon casks to enhance those creamy depths.
Then, picturing notes of hazelnut, toffee and clove, he finished a small portion in casks that once held Amontillado, his favourite style of sherry. After 15 years, the good doctor reunited these whiskies in this series’ delicious third batch release, threading hints of toffee and spice around honeysuckle, peaches and cream.
Whisky lovers will find wondrous sherried hints in this soft and rich dram, with notes of deeply sweet spice, toffee, almonds and cloves in a celebration of flavour and terroir.
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