A Midwinter Night’s Dram is an old Glenmorangie tradition where at the end of each year their master distiller would create a single malt for staff members as a thank you for their work. I am sure I have heard of other distilleries having this as a tradition. This Glenmorangie is a marrying of whiskies matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Note that this is a marrying of bourbon and oloroso and not finished in oloroso. I have found that I have a slight preference for single malts that are married together instead of being finished in sherry cask. I find these malts more balanced and not ruined by over sweetness or too much tannin. This Midwinter Night’s Dram is intended to provide you with a kick of spice and warmth, a winter alternative to the Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Original which is an ideal summer sipper. This one can be found in supermarkets in the lead up to and after the Christmas period.
Whisky: Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night’s Dram Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%
Nose: Honey, orange, ginger, spice, oak
Taste: Spice, honey, wood, ginger, oranges, mulled cider
Finish: Spice, oak, ginger
Summary: This is one of those rare occasions where I get the aromas on the nose translate onto the taste. This is full of spicy warm notes such as honey, ginger and oak. The spice does dominate though with glimpses of orange and ginger beneath. I found that with time the spice softens up. A drop of water helped too and it become more succulent with more of those honey and orange notes. This is a nice twist on the Original.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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