Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
Glenmorangie // Highland, Scotland
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation for Glenmorangie, has begun a cask and whisky revolution throughout Scotland, with more whiskies eschewing using only standard bourbon barrels for aging. One of Lumsden’s key creations was Sonnalta (Gaelic for "Generous"), which is finished in ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, the first Private Edition Range bottling. Released first in 2009 for Travel Retail, it was shortly thereafter made available worldwide, though now a bit more difficult to find.
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.
Cask Typefinished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks
"With an opening of sweet, thick toffee and a bit of smoke, the bourbon cask is noticeable. Treacle moves in to replace the toffee, with some nuts darting about here and there. The palate is immensely oily, mingling with sweet, dark fruits, turning to vanilla and cream. Spices move in, ginger and cinnamon, helping move the whisky through the motions, however the whisky seems to be more about the feel than it is about the taste. The finish is long, with vanilla turning to toffee, caramel, and finally to dark dried fruits."