This past week was the coldest one of the winter. It was so cold and freezing that we avoided a snowmargeddon only because we didn’t have precipitation at the same time. Usually such weather calls for heavy-weight whisky, peated or sherred, but this time I opted for a dram that celebrates the midwinter time and it did feel like midwinter here last week.
Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a limited edition (like all of their releases in the last few years) that celebrates a Glenmorangie tradition of bottling a special whisky for the sixteen men of Tain by the master distiller. This year, the special whisky was available to the public with this new release.
Nose: Well, you can’t miss the fact it’s a Glenmorangie whisky with such a creamy and very soft nose with all those citrus, honey and nutty notes. Upon further nosing there are almonds and some macadamia nuts, even some floral edge, oak wood spices and with some time more explicit malt note.
Palate: Creamy oak and wood spices, white pepper, very nutty, ginger, citrus peels and honey.
Finish: Short finish with oak, spice, lingering honey and refreshing green almonds, definitely a drying finish and back of mouth numbing.
Thoughts: It starts good with the ultra creamy and nutty profile but going towards and with a bit of time in the glass it converges toward the more familiar set of Glenmorangie notes so its’ appeal went down a bit in my eyes. All in all, it’s a decent Glenmorangie if you can find it at a decent price of £28-£45/€40-€65.
(Official sample by The Glenmorangie Company)