The latest release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition 

Glenmorangie Milsean is the first Glenmorangie expression to be extra-matured in heavily toasted Portuguese red wine casks. Milsean (Scots Gaelic for ‘sweet things’), the seventh release in the award-winning Private Edition collection, draws on the effect of charred wine casks, unlocking an unusual dimension in extra maturation.

Created from Glenmorangie first matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced ‘Meel-shawn’) then spent a number of years in casks which had contained Portuguese red wine.  Yet before they were used to create a Glenmorangie Private Edition, the casks were involved in a pioneering experiment by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation.  Dr Bill arranged for the casks to be charred to enhance the sweeter notes of Glenmorangie, which created a whisky with such attractive hints of sweetness, that it has surpassed even his expectations.

Dr Bill Lumsden said: “A glass of Glenmorangie Milsean transports me straight to an old-fashioned sweet shop with its sweet and spicy bouquet, with hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits and fudge. Extra-maturing Glenmorangie in heavily toasted red wine casks for the first time, has allowed us to create a whisky recalling a bygone era.  I hope its deep tastes of cherries, angelica, candied orange peel and unusual intensity of caramelised fruits, will surprise and delight whisky aficionados and malt connoisseurs.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, and non-chill filtered for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Milsean will be available from specialist whisky shops worldwide, including The Whisky Exchange, Soho’s Vintage House, Selfridges and Royal Mile Whiskies from 19th January 2016 at £75.99.

Milsean will also be available at Brown’s Hotel London, as part of the hotel’s 10-day whisky pop-up in the Library Bar. In partnership with Beretta, Brown’s Hotel will transform the Library Bar into a Gaelic haven. Open from 20th – 29th January (from 6pm every evening), the pop-up will feature a display of around 40 whiskies, including drams from Glenmorangie. There will also be a whisky sommelier on hand to help you choose the perfect tipple.


Tasting Notes:

Glenmorangie Milsean is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. Glenmorangie Milsean is a copper beech-coloured single malt, with a sweet and spicy bouquet containing hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits candy sweetness and buttery coconut. Its complex, sugar-coated tastes include tart plummy fruit, cherries and candied orange peel, while its finish features ginger, brown sugar and cake mix.

The Glenmorangie Private Edition:

Glenmorangie’s Private Edition is an award-winning range which provides an annual opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados to experience a rare and intriguing single malt.  Glenmorangie Milsean marks the seventh release in this range.  Previous releases include Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (IWSC 2010 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Finealta (IWSC 2012 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Artein (IWSC 2013 Gold Medal); Glenmorangie Ealanta (IWSC 2013 Gold Medal and World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014); Glenmorangie Companta (San Francisco Spirit Awards Gold Medal 2014) and Glenmorangie Tùsail (ISC Gold Medal 2015). 


Extra-maturation is a process pioneered by Glenmorangie.  Whisky is first matured in one type of cask (such as ex-bourbon), then is transferred into a different type of cask (such as ex-wine casks) where it spends additional years gaining further layers of flavour.  In the case of Glenmorangie Milsean, the wine casks were deeply toasted, to add a unique dimension to the whisky’s character.

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create ‘unnecessarily well-made whiskies’.

Responsible Drinking:

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

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