Finally I managed to sit down and write notes about this much spoken about and discussed dram. (This time not out laziness, but other reasons ) I won’t bore you with the details and PR blah blah, you can read that in one of my earlier posts (here) .
There was some debate about whether Companta really means “friendship” (like Cairdeas is supposed to mean, boy my Gaelic sucks), or something a bit different. This brings me to the great idea that Gaelic should be taught as a second language worldwide, this will make our lives easier with all those Gaelic names (especially for NAS whiskies). right?
OK. enough talk, let’s get to business.
Nose: Very sweet and wine-y. Think wine gums galore, lots of red fruit jam but not thick and dark rather more bright and lively. Underneath all those you can find a nice malty backbone which is almost hidden , but still there. Some damp oak and also very ripe oranges one moment before they become too much so.
Palate: Spicy and peppery on entry. Black pepper , nutmeg, clove and some cocoa powder. Then getting sweeter with Chocolate, vanilla , blood oranges and creamy vanilla with plum jam that adds sweetness and thickness. Grape peel maybe macerated cherries. And charred oak. Rather yummy.
Finish: Charred oak. Pepper. Milk Chocolate and red berry jam with some ripe oranges.
This whisky is well made, quite easy to drink, and basically is delicious and with the right amount of complexity, body and oopmh. I can see why it’s been selling so well (sold out on most online shops). Very good stuff from Glenmorangie, and good PR (can’t argue with the results).