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Glenmorangie releases Companta

Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky launches Companta – the fifth annual private edition release.

Glenmorangie Companta has been matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and those of a sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for friendship) celebrates the kindred spirits discovered through a shared pursuit of perfection.

Dr Bill Lumsden states: “Having spent over 20 years traveling to some of France’s most renowned vineyards, I’ve had the opportunity to sample many rare and intriguing wines in search of the finest casks to complement the extra maturation of our whisky. As a true wine aficionado, some of my most memorable visits have been to Burgundy, where the dedication and attention to detail that goes into their craft never ceases to amaze me. The smaller vineyards of the region don’t seem to worry about yields, costs, or timings. They work tirelessly, simply to produce the very best wine. In the same spirit as Glenmorangie, they stop at nothing in the pursuit of perfection.”

“To complement the bold, spicy character imparted from the Grand Cru casks, I selected a parcel of Glenmorangie which had been extra maturing in casks having previously contained a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. It took some time, but with careful fine-tuning we reached a harmonious assemblage which proved the perfect balance; neither too bold nor too tame!”

Companta exudes rich, autumnal scents of red berries and damp forest floors on the nose, with a hint of fragrant wood smoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak. A spicy palate redolent of cherries and stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate and brown sugar, leading into a mouth-coating finish.

The packaging design

Brand design agency ButterflyCannon created the packaging for this latest release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range.

The design was inspired both by the beautiful vaulted cellar ceilings, and the union of the vineyards and people that together helped create this rare and special whisky.

Derek Ruediger, brand manager at Glenmorangie comments: “As we proceed with our fourth year working with ButterflyCannon we are thrilled to begin with the release of this exciting design for our fifth Private Edition. ButterflyCannon have brought the warmth and depth of the whisky and its story to life in their packaging design whilst creating a beautiful reference to the wine cellars of France.”

Jon Davies, creative director at ButterflyCannon adds: “It has been a pleasure transforming the unique story of this Glenmorangie expression. Creating a design that took inspiration from a product truth and symbolised the coming together of friends was a wonderful challenge.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, and non-chill filtered, for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Companta is available from specialist retailers and department stores from this month at a RRP of £69.99.

14 January 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor