Glenmorangie Bacalta

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Bourbon / Madeira Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L66658 12/10/16 16011242
Added on
31 Jan 2017 11:25 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 107.39

34 × in wishlist

336 × member ratings

1466 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Bacalta

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.69 points

  1. meademule scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Nose: Tropical fruits dominate, but there are other interesting elements as well. Clay. Chai tea. Key lime. Vanilla. Cinnamon sugar. Chocolate pie. Tart fruit candy (Sweet Tarts). Sunny Delight. Baked apples. Toasted coconut.

    Palate: The arrival is sweet with tropical fruits—papaya, banana, mango, passion fruit, coconut, etc. Orange is really quite prominent—orange marmalade, orange smoothie, orange chocolate. Fruit cobbler. Honey. Sour candy. Gummy bears. Oak. There is some bitterness on the backend, but it’s a somewhat pleasant type of bitterness—reminiscent of dark chocolate.

    Finish: More tropical fruits. Fruit jelly. Starts sweet, but turns dry fairly quickly. More of the same bitterness from the palate. Orange pith. Dark chocolate. Christmas spices. Baked cinnamon apples.

    Overall: This is a fairly unique malt. The Madeira cask influence is evident throughout, especially on the palate. This is a sweet whisky, but not too sweet. There is some bitterness in this one, which can often ruin an otherwise good whisky, but in this case it kind of works. And as I mentioned, it’s not the type of unpleasant bitterness you sometimes find in an immature whisky. If I had to sum up this whisky in a short phrase, I’d probably call it “baked sunshine.”

    With all the tropical fruit flavors, I imagine this would be a lovely dram to enjoy while sitting on the beach. On the other hand, the orange and spice notes would also make this work well as a Christmas time whisky. Regardless, I’ve been enjoying this one quite a bit no matter the weather or circumstance. Recommended.

    Read my full review at http://meademule.com/2017/05/21/whisky-review-glenmorangie-bacalta/ 

  2. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      honey, vanilla, peach, brownie, port, cherries, forest fruits, currants
    • Taste
      fruity, peach, mango, vanilla, bitter, pepper, apricots, cinnamon, orange, cooking pears, wood

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Pretty delicious, 85 € are borderline for the taste, for a limited collection bottling but not really outrageous.
    • Nose
      very sweet, honey, spicy (speculaas / gingerbread), dried apricots, ripe mirabelles, butter biscuits
    • Taste
      Werther's real, milk chocolate, honey, overripe orange to bitter orange, raisin, looks very juicy ... after a long time in the mouth tart, dark chocolate, ricola, sweetish tobacco
    • Finish
      medium to long, Storck giants with pepper

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a fruit concentrate, something like this with Glenmorangie. Not enormously complex but delicious and powerful.
    • Nose
      tremendous fruitiness, concentrated yellow fruit, pickled apricot, orange marmalade, buttery, creamy sweetness, honey. Delicious!
    • Taste
      here even more concentrated fruit flavors, closely interwoven. Orange juice with honey, slightly herb then, liqueur-like, and then light sherry-like raisin note.
    • Finish
      long, dry, the fruitiness will last a long time.

  5. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This was a nice one. The interplay between the various influences was, as expected, very interesting and yet everything was also quite well balanced, and perhaps even too mild for the tastes of some. As for me I quite enjoyed it. Sometimes I find too much focus on the finish in these private editions, like last year’s Milsean, but for me this one was Baby Bear’s porridge.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    • Nose
      Quite a chewy malty note to it, more-so than the usual Glenmorangie profile. Creamy porridge with honey. Dried apricots. Vanilla and delicate floral notes galore. Light wood. Orange cake. After some time a light briney note shows up.
    • Taste
      Bitter wood. Lots of wood spice. Mint. Boiled sweets. Dried citrus peel. Herbal Honey. Slight nuttiness. Seville oranges.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Very big wood spice note. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. When that dies down there’s a bitter wood and vanilla not. A slight sweet, jammy stickiness behind it all.

  6. Jevan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    After Milsean and the Malmsey Madeira I expected this to be very sweet but I don't find that it is. It is quite malty and rich and seems like an amped up Original 10 which is probably its base before the finishing. However, while I do like it, I find the alcohol in it quite harsh and this probably belies its youngish age. It is no surprise that my favourite Glenmorangie Private Editions were both age statemented - Ealanta 19YO and Artein 15YO. 87.
    • Nose
      Initially quite sharp with alcohol, surprising as it is only 46%ABV. Then custard creams, vanilla, light flower honey and very light oak. Sweet, warm fleshy fruits - nectarines or apricots? Strong whiff of menthol later in. Something a bit petroleum-y is hiding here too, a bit like Vaseline but elusive? With water, a little more oak and malt spiciness appears. I find this nose multi-layered but harsh due to the alcohol.
    • Taste
      Very nice mouthfeel with a viscous oily mouth-coating effect. Taste rich and sweet and both fruity and malty at the same time. I like it! Rich, earthy and spicy but surprisingly not heavy, I get white pepper and a hint of clove. Acetone. Honey and orange peel.
    • Finish
      Medium finish with a menthol tingliness and a malty earthiness.

  7. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    first Impression on the nose were oranges! fruity, sweet,flowers, wonderful. the first sip took a second until the flavours fully opened. there is first the sweetness, honey, fruits and this transforms into spices, malt. fine long finish, perfectly balanced!  
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    excellent upgrade of the 10 yo original. it´s very well balanced with the madeira influence. well done.
    • Nose
      blossom honey, slightly fermented apricots, white chocolate, vanilla
    • Taste
      baked fruits, caramelized orange peel, dates, roasted almonds. pleasant tingling on the tongue with a hint of malmsey madeira wine.
    • Finish
      the lovely tingling leads to white pepper aroma, citrus, marzipan, honey froasted pears. surprisingly madeira wine notes are present in the throat.  

  9. Pollenflug scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    More on: More on: https://tomtrinkt.blog/
    • Nose
      Very sweet, bright fruits, especially apricots, pears, oranges and apples dominate at the beginning. Honey, some vanilla and subtle pastry notes join. The 46 percent by volume are noticeable with a very slight alcoholic note
    • Taste
      Relatively strong onset, a bit too alcoholic & peppery. Sweet notes try to get into the foreground, especially honey and apricots stand out. More light fruits and some caramel / fudge, milk chocolate and almonds crystallize out. The overall taste is not bad, but the malt is very non-round on me. The impetuous, sharp start and the sweet fruit notes do not really want to harmonize.
    • Finish
      Medium long, again peppery with caramel and orange notes and slightly drier. A hint of dark chocolate and hints of mineral notes.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another experiment from Glenmorangie and so far most of them were quite interesting and good (except the sulphur-spoiled Companta).

    In a blind tasting I would not guess this is a whisky after the nosing, I would rather go for a sweet wine or sweet liqueur or the like.  The wine aromas completely dominate so the malt flavours hardly shine through.  How to rate this?  I score it high for a wine but rather low for a whisky...  Bold arrival in the mouth, again very sweet and winey.  Now the whisky comes into play as do the wooden notes, but it seems a little unbalanced.  In the finish the madeira wine takes over and dominates the malt again.  For me this is too much of a wine but I can imagine that others will love it.  I simply miss my beloved whisky flavours and aromas...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83


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