Glenmorangie Cadboll Scotch Finished In Ex-French Sweet Wine Barrels - The Whiskey Wash

Glenmorangie Cadboll Scotch Finished In Ex-French Sweet Wine Barrels

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Scotch whisky distiller Glenmorangie is once again showing off its wine cask finishing chops with the release of a new bottling slated for global travel release. Known as Glenmorangie Cadboll, it is a non-age statement expression finished in casks which formerly contained sweet French white wines favored by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks.

Glenmorangie Cadboll, according to those behind it, initially spent its time in  ex-bourbon casks in the distillery’s warehouses, not far from Glenmorangie House. This whisky, at some point, was transferred to French barriques which previously held wines such as those of the Muscat and Sémillion grapes. It was then bottled at 43% ABV.

Glenmorangie Cadbol

This particular expression is the third permanent release in the distillery’s Legends Collection, of which the other bottlings in it are also travel retail focused. You’ll find official tasting notes for it at the end of this article. The name Cadboll, by the way, pays homage to a 16th century silver wine cup long treasured by the MacLeods of Cadboll, whose connections with Glenmorangie’s homeland are old. In 1699 they created Glenmorangie’s Highland home, Glenmorangie House (then Cadboll House) a few miles from where the Distillery now stands.

“The Cadboll Cup’s secret past is fascinating,” said Lumsden in a prepared statement. “Even now, no one knows who crafted the cup – or how its marriage of Highland and continental design came to be. Glenmorangie Cadboll is our sumptuous celebration of its contrasting character. The whisky’s aromas of baked bread and toasted brioche remind me of France. It is delightfully smooth and sweet on the palate, with tastes of mint humbugs, milky toffee and a long finish, full of old-fashioned confectionery. I hope the travelling connoisseur will enjoy this sweet tribute to our homeland’s heritage.”

  • Aroma: At first, deliciously sweet, yet dry, like freshly toasted brioche. Then light, sweet and lemony scents emerge, followed by a flinty, fresh dryness and the subtle savoury note of roasted sage.
  • Palate: Smooth, full and rich on the palate, with tastes of freshly baked biscuits, candy and icing sugar, balanced by a dry, crisp, mineral note and Glenmorangie’s signature floral tones.
  • Finish: Long and complex, with a final suggestion of old-fashioned strawberry and lemon boiled sweets.
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    Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.