Glenmorangie // Highlands, Scotland
Glenmorangie Allta -- "wild" in Scots Gaelic -- was created using a wild yeast (Saccharomyces diaemath) that was discovered on the Cadboll barley grown near the distillery. Using this yeast in the whisky making process, it was then aged in ex-bourbon barrels, many second-fill. Bottled unchillfiltered at 51.2% ABV. This is the 10th bottling in the Private Edition series. Available February 2019.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Allta is a beautiful whisky that shows off another side of the Glenmorangie pendulum. On the nose, wood tones are restrained in favor of rustic baked bread with earthy cereals and a citrus peel freshness. The palate is plush with a firm spicy punch balanced by citrus pith and more fresh bread. Dry spiced tones are given the chance to shimmer in an upbeat finish. Allta will open doors and may one day make yeast as romantic as oak."