Whisky Focus - Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter Review

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Winter

22nd November 2021
Glenmorangie A Tale OF Winter is a 13 year old Marsala wine cask finished winter warmer from the creative folks at Glenmorangie.

Glenmorangie A Tale of WinterHere is a winter warmer from  Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden. Snowed in at home, Dr Bill began dreaming of a whisky that captured the cosiness of wrapping up in a winter jumper, while the world outside is white.

Well Glenmorangie A Tale Of Winter is the result of Dr Bills imagination brought to life by his whisky creation skills. The new whisky is said to be swirling with wintry aromas and tastes, Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter brings Dr Bill Lumsden’s deliciously snug feeling to life. Finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily, this richly radiant 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky bursts with fruit and honey, cocoa dust and spice. The limited edition’s bright, vivid flavours have inspired a series of delicious wintry drinks, easy to make at home.

Led by Dr Bill, known for his “What if...?” approach, Glenmorangie’s whisky creators are endlessly imaginative on their quest to dream up delicious whiskies. They craft their delicate, fruity spirit in stills as tall as a giraffe to allow more space for taste and aroma. Then they age it in the finest casks, all to bring joy to whisky lovers old and new. Some years ago, Dr Bill pulled on his most colourful winter knit at home in Scotland after a gloriously heavy snowfall. And he began to wonder... what if he could capture the joy of cosy moments indoors by the fire, while snow lay all around?

With this wintry whisky in mind, Dr Bill took a parcel of Glenmorangie mellowed in bourbon casks and finished it in casks which once held Sicily’s fortified Marsala wine – loved for its sweet and fruity flavours. The limited edition he created enfolds the senses in fruit, honey and Brazil-nut toffee, knitted together with cinnamon, ginger and clove.

Inspired by the whisky’s warm, rich flavours, Glenmorangie has created a series of hot and cold wintry drinks, easy to make at home. They include a Winter Old Fashioned made with the limited edition, a bold and velvety Quinta Ruban Hot Chocolate, as well as a Pumpkin Scotch Latte showcasing the Highland Distillery’s smooth, rounded signature single malt Glenmorangie Original.

Dr Bill said: "We all know the delight of snuggling up in a winter jumper by the fire, when it’s snowy outside. With flavours as bright and vivid as my favourite woollen sweater, Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter deliciously captures those magical, cosy moments. The experience begins with light flurries of fruit and honey, building to torrents of cocoa dust, flakes of red pepper and chunks of Brazil-nut toffee. It culminates in a feels-like-forever finish that swirls with cinnamon, ginger and clove."

Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter will be available in the UK from  November with a RRP of £75, you will find it available to purchase from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter Review

Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Curious and slightly sharp, with the classic Marsala top-note of slightly oxidised fruits. Hints of orange toffee intermingles with a fragrant top note of lavender honey and sweet rose. With water, some caramelised fruits (oranges & pears) emerge, along with a hint of sandalwood, brazil nut and hint of pine sap.

Taste: A juicy viscous, but slightly peppery mouthfeel, leads to a burst of sweet, nutty flavours – cocoa powder, red pepper, Brazil nut toffee and sweet barley malt. Sweet Demerara sugar and a long lingering spicy aftertaste of clove, ginger and cinnamon.

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