Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Elegance In A Bottle - Glenmorangie Companta

Glenmorangie Companta - 5th release in the Private Edition

Being a Glenmorangie tragic it may be no surprise that the day I opened my bottle of Glenmorangie Companta I fell in love with this expression instantly. That being said though this really is a cracker of whisky hands down regardless of previous experiences with Glenmorangie.

Another creation of the famous Dr Bill Lumsden’s Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, Companta is the 5th release of what is classed the Private Edition. Previously we have seen the Sonnalta PX, Finealta, Artein, and Elanta. All exceptional in their own way though the Sonnalta PX had to be one of my favourites until now. To find out more about what makes Dr Bill Lumsden tick check out his Cabinet Of Curiosities over at the Glenmorangie website.

What's in the name? I am sure you can't throw a stone in Scotland without hitting a bottle of whisky named after a Gaelic word or phrase. According to Glenmorangie, Companta is Gaelic for 'Friendship', and the name was drawn from inspiration of the marriage of 2 cask types from French vineyards: Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart; and a fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône (name not revealed).

Glenmorangie Companta
Distiller: Glenmorangie
Location Region: Tain, Scotland
Type: Highland
Alcohol / ABV: 46%

Colour: Red Wood. We must ignore the colour profile though because Glenmorangie do colour their whiskies. This is a shame because I would be sure a good level of this colouring is natural in this whisky, but knowing the fact colouring is used is must be set aside in my books.

Nose: Chocolate, cherries, warm baked figs with brown sugar & cream. On second dram wet oaks and winter spices become pronounced. Insane stuff.

Taste: Initial dram is as good as the nose tells you it should be. Lot's of spice is immediate but then there it is all over again with cherries, baked figs, brown sugars and a slight tacky raisin and oak. There is the familiar notes of the Glenmorangie Original and the port wine finish of the Quinta Ruban but much more complex. If you dram it too fast it can get a little dusty in the back of the throat so sip gently and all will be revealed.

Finish: Long and the spice really lingers in this one creating a great balance to the wet oaks and baked fig sugars expanding in the palate.

Overall the balance is really fine with complexities you can continue to explore over and over again. If I was to give a dram than it is a solid 6 1/2 out of 7. Truly elegance in a bottle.

Would I buy Companta again. At $165.00 AU the answer is no not for myself, or at least not too often, as it gets too expensive. Credit given though this is far better priced than many other limited edition whiskies getting around. I would certainly buy it as a special gift for someone else though especially if they are into their wines. This is the kind of whisky to really enjoy for a special occasion and not an every day dram. Being of such rarity and finesse also calls for it to be appreciate in a short time before those tips and tails are lost as tends to happen to any whisky open for too long. If you cannot afford the Companta but still want to find out what Glenmorangie does best then go out and buy the Quinta Ruban as a elegant substitute for affordability.

The Baron

D.T.W.C. was supplied a sample for review. All views and opinions are our own unless otherwise stated.