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Glenmorangie 13 Year Old A Tale of Winter Masala Wine Finish Single Malt Whisky Featured

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter
Masala Wine Finish

46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
Colour Adjusted Unknown
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Value Score

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Snowed in at home, our Director of Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill, began dreaming of this whisky. His goal was to capture the snug and magical feeling of sitting in front of the fireplace as snow blankets the world outside. In pursuit of rich, radiant taste and wintery aroma, he finished the 13-year-old single malt in Marsala wine casks from Sicily.

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.

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.

A juicy viscous, but slightly peppery mouthfeel, leads in to a burst of sweet, nutty flavours – coco 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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Review 142 29th December 2021

While visiting the Glenmorangie Distillery Shop in early November 2021, two whisky bottles stood out on the shelf amongst the many on offer. The first was a distillery exclusive, celebrating the construction of the 'Lighthouse' at the distillery, a single malt of the same name retailing for £85 and aged for 12 years. The second, the follow up act to the popular 'A Tale of Cake', a whisky that we haven't managed to try, was 'A Tale of Winter'. If ever there was an example of a manufactured whisky with a specific profile in mind it was 'A Tale of Whisky', see the distillery bottle notes in the pane to the left.

Bottled at a healthy 46% ABV, the bottle clearly states non-chill filtered, the colour a deep brown amber colour, suggesting overuse of caramel colour, however, this could be cask influence, the bottle nor the carton state if is adjusted or natural colour.

A brief search of the internet suggests most retailers are out of stock having priced the bottle at £74.95, the bottle we are reviewing was £75 and is still available at LVMH drinks branded website of Clos19 at the time of writing- Link Here 

Based on the price and whisky specifics, it achieves a value score of 92.23 out of 100, let down only by the lack of colour information (We actually believe this to be natural colour), not a bad score achieving over 90 points for a 13 year old single malt.

It has be matured in ex-bourbon casks before having a finishing period in ex-Masala wine barrels from Sicilly, Italy. Masala wine being a fortified wine very much of a similar style to sherry. Given our love of sherry bombs, this whisky was one we were oh so looking forward to trying.

On the nose, the sweetness jumps out of the glass, probably too sweet. There are spice notes and some undescriptive fruits, maybe orange oil, there is also a nuttyness. On the nose alone is doesn't conjour up an idea of winter.

On the palate, it is thick, quite syrupy in texure and almost as sweet as a syrup. There are very strong notes of Masala wine, very similar to Oloroso Sherry, which suggest some very wet fresh casks were used. The initial taste would have you confused for thinking this was a fortified wine as opposed to a whisky.

With water and a bit of time, on the nose, ex-bourbon notes start to appear, maybe some citrus and honey notes in particular. Nothing much more reveals itself.

On the palate, it has relaxed and some other subtle flavours appear. But the overwhelming take away from this whisky is that has too much of the finishing cask and not much of the ex-bourbon influence. This drinks like a sherry.

Of course we will continue to taste this whisky and spend time adding water and giving it time, but from our initial tasting, it is quite disappointing.

We wouldn't buy another bottle and on our initial thoughts give it a provisional 82 out of 100. Its not terrible, it is drinkable, it's just disappointing.
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Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Highland
  • Age Statement: 13 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Bourbon Matured
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): £75
  • Value Score: 92.23
  • Our Score: 85
  • Ownership: LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Glenmorangie
  • Packaging: Box
  • Category: Single Malt
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