Glenmorangie Companta, 46%

Price: $99 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Companta—Gaelic for friendship—is the fifth of Glenmorangie's Private Edition releases. It comprises a blend of whiskies finished in Clos de Tart Grand Cru wine casks and in fortified wine casks from Côtes du Rhône. Big fruity, leathery notes on the nose. Spicy, with sultanas, almonds, and icing sugar. The palate is rich and complex, with cocoa powder, nutmeg, more leather, and redcurrants. Long and fruity in the finish, with vibrant spices. Red berries predominate.