Glenmorangie Companta

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Grand Cru Burgundy & Côtes du Rhône Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
13011045 and 13011047
Added on
12 Jan 2014 7:11 pm by Goodfella6

Average value

€ 212.04

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Companta

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 80 Euro in February, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  My notes state an impressive and bold sweet winey taste that is spoiled with significant sulphurous notes, unfortunately...

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Today, wine finishes are done quite a lot by some very reputable distilleries. Glenmorangie deserves credit for reminding the world how it was done– not only in terms of creating some award-winning single malt Scotch whiskies– but also in demonstrating how the practice of finishing batches in wine and port casks could be profitable.

    Companta was made by combining two separate casks of wine-finished whisky. The first cask was nine year-old ex-bourbon Glenmorangie that was finished for five years in red Grand Cru Burgundy wine casks from Clos de Tart (Pinot Noir grapes). The second cask was ten year-old Glenmorangie finished for eight years in “a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Cotes du Rhone.” This fortified wine is known as “Rasteau,” which is made from a special preparation of Grenache grapes. To make matters even more complex, the first cask was larger than the second by approximately twenty percent.

    How’s that for confusing? Well, I must say the resulting color of this whisky is more than a little enticing. Let’s move into the tasting notes, and give the blushing bride a swirl, a sniff, and a smack of the tongue.

    Appearance: Pinot noir in color, this wine offers big tears and quick beads that are commensurate with a fairly weak, young (ish) whisky.

    Aroma: Vine fruits come to the fore, with a blast of raspberry. I’m also getting the unmistakable note of Pinot Noir grape. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how 60% of the whisky was aged. Speaking of which, the sugary cask wood also delivers a bit of musty fustiness. Marzipan loiters in the background, along with three other players: rum raisin, medjool date, and rosewater. I’m fond of everything but eau de toilette of rose. Why? Because it reminds me of old lady perfume.

    Taste: The mouth feel is not as oily (decadent) as I had expected . . . but it’s not exactly thin, either. Rum raisin from the nose has evolved into into Aurum liqueur (brandy with a citrus fruit infusion). Of course, whenever I’m reminded of Aurum, then Parrozzo cake is never far behind. Buon appetito. There’s also dark chocolate, jasmine green tea, and a crust of peasant bread. Yes, that satisfying bread note is the toasted barley talking. Lastly, I’m getting some candy on the mid-palate. Vermont maple leaf candy, to be exact, with raspberry preserves on top.

    Finish: There isn’t any obvious tannin presence, merely a trace of dried orange peel. Could that be the wood talking? Probably, but in a hushed tone. As death becomes her, Companta’s finish brightens up the corners. Orange peel becomes Orangina: light, delicate, refreshing. But wait, there’s more. Just when you think the whisky has rubbed itself out, a stale crumb of peasant bread remains. In other words, despite all of the fancy-schmancy cask wood that went into maturation, good ole-fashioned barley malt wins the day. Ha, ha! This early 2000’s-era barley is noticeably better than what you tend to get today in whiskies of a comparable age. The rich, toasted maltiness reminds me a little of Springbank’s local barley ten year-old.

    Preparation: Need I caution against adding more than a drop or two of water? As William Blake once wrote, “Enough! or Too much.” Then again, who am I to law down the law? Good taste becomes tasteless in the mouth of a tyrant. If you prefer your whisky more winey than a wino’s, then, by all means . . . drown that dram. Water perks up the grapes in Companta, pretty much to the exclusion of all else.

    Personally, I’m good with a front-and-center cask finish dialed in at 46%. Well, actually . . . truth be told, I would have preferred a more generous 48%. Then again, 46% is certainly better than the miserly 43% offered these days in Glenmorangie’s core and prestige expressions.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not an every day drinker, at least for me, because of the wine-y sulphur notes. However, the sulphur is not negative per se, but in my case this is a dram that I really need to be in the mood for. And if I am, it is highly enjoyable, fairly complex and decently balanced.
    • Nose
      Proper meaty and rich stuff, and quite dry actually. There's a hint of gun powder, accompanied by coffee beans, orange zest and subtle floral notes. Finally a slight earthiness, like you'll find in a damp dunnage warehouse.
    • Taste
      Oily and thick, and as dry as the nose already suggest. Hints of rubber and gun powder, accompanied by dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and nutty flavours, as well as plenty of oak and a surprising amount of salinity.
    • Finish
      Lingering sulphur notes, drying. Hint of dark berries.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another great sample from Glenmorangi, an excellent balance, a solid character, a snappy, easy, summer, vacation - quite complex to not be boring, simple enough to not distract from rest.
    • Nose
      Mineral, dry, invigorating, drying stones after the summer rain, in the background - light notes of citrus and dried apricots, cream, boiled sugar, lemonade tones and crushed monstrance. In general - light, summer, carefree.
    • Taste
      Sweet, raisins, a little oak bitterness - to set off the sweetness, dried apricots, a little pepper, ginger, pancake.
    • Finish
      Light ginger burning, a little salt, creamy toffee, raisins, peaches, lemon in sweet tea.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is by far the best whisky from Glenmorangie's Private Edition series that I've tried, yet it seems to have the lowest collectible value. I.e. this one is still worth purchasing and drinking in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Prune, cranberry, date, raisin, toffee, mocha, orange, brown sugar and a little spice. After a while some pipe tobacco and leather.
    • Taste
      Goji berry, prune, dark cherry, cranberry, raisin, toffee, mocha and a little pepper.
    • Finish
      Goji berry, dark chocolate, toffee and raisin.

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    not really demanding, rather the cozy genius on the side.
    • Nose
      warm, distinct red wine infusion, raisins, prunes, some sulfur, iodine, spicy, leathery, shortbread
    • Taste
      light sweetness, like honey, dominant fruity, plums, spicy oak, leather, it lacks the certain intensity, rather light
    • Finish
      rather sweet, grape skin, medium long

  7. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    good to drink
    very straightforward
    intense taste
    I have a feeling of fast food sweets that taste good
    what you are looking for in vain: surprise, excitement, adventure or noble
    What you get here: a delicious tasty chocolate peach whisky
    If you are looking for it, you should buy it: delicious

    I liked the nose the best
    an always welcomed dram
    • Nose
      new rubber soles at the shoemaker
      then fresh peaches
      later still raisin chocolate
    • Taste
      a lot of chocolate and peach lolly, tasty
    • Finish
      the fruits become woody and slightly bitter
      the peach lolly comes again

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Try Before You Buy'

    N: I know this is from two wine casks, not sherry but is that a sulphur note? Super clean, fruity, sherry-like nose but not intense. Its very light and texturally like a fine salad dressing oil.  Some light banana loaf with some fresh raisins, raspberries - Really clean quality spirit and new wood.

    T: Light, youthful, some wood fruit intensity but theres not much going on here, feels like its winding up..

    F: Then... it comes just as you thought there was nothing to this expression. intense wood fruit spice, strong cocoa, a pinch of salt, wood with a whiff of smoke, yummy vanilla and some caramel. Fresh smoke at the death

    C:' Its never over till the fat lady sings', and just when I thought this was a non runner, it sparkles over the finish line. Overall its very clean and beautifully presented but ultimately unremarkable and boring. There was a sulphur edge on the nose of this bottling - it was minimal but still distracting.

    Final thought: at a whisky tasting of seven Glenmorangies, not one of the eleven members there liked the Companta, so try before you buy.

    Scores a B-

  9. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Intense and interesting with wine barley and cherry
    • Taste
      Great mouthfeel cherries and subtle vanilla
    • Finish
      Amazingly long and tartaric acid remains pleasantly behind

  10. herby.usa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: very fruity and sweet. Raisins, cherries, dried fruits, orange and cinnamon. Caramel or toffee

    Taste: cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, orange, caramel cream and spice. Creamy mouthfeel.

    Finish: medium length, sweet, dark chocolate


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