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Glenmorangie Milsean Summons Sweet Splendour

22 January 2016

Toasted wine casks add notes of candy to Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition

Glenmorangie Milsean is the first Glenmorangie ever to be extra-matured in deeply toasted wine casks – and its hints of sweet and spicy character are reminiscent of the sugared delights in tall glass jars which once decked the shelves of every traditional confectioner’s store.

Each year since 2010, Glenmorangie has released a rare single malt created to intrigue whisky connoisseurs and collectors with its pioneering innovation. Glenmorangie Milsean (Scots Gaelic for ‘sweet things’), which will launch in 2016, is the seventh and latest release in the award-winning Private Edition range. It invites single malt aficionados to explore the effect of toasted wine casks, unlocking an unusual dimension in extra maturation.

Created from Glenmorangie first matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced ‘Meel-shawn’) then spent several years in casks which had contained Portuguese red wine. Yet before they were used to create a Glenmorangie Private Edition, these casks were involved in a pioneering experiment by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation. Dr Bill Lumsden arranged for the casks to be heavily toasted to enhance the sweeter notes of Glenmorangie, which created a whisky with such attractive hints of sweetness, that it has surpassed even his expectations.

Dr Bill Lumsden said: “A glass of Glenmorangie Milsean transports me straight to an old-fashioned sweet shop with its sweet and spicy bouquet, with hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits and fudge. Extra-maturing Glenmorangie in heavily toasted red wine casks for the first time, has allowed us to create a whisky recalling a bygone era. I hope its deep tastes of cherries, angelica, candied orange peel and unusual intensity of caramelised fruits, will surprise and delight whisky aficionados and malt connoisseurs.”