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Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter

Overall rating
86.43/100
votes
137
Whiskybase ID
WB186566
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
13.09.2021
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Marsala Wine Cask Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2426778 , L2426881 13/09/2021
Barcode
5010494973693
Added on
29 Jun 2021 3:07 pm by BatchOne
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 94.90

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137 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.43 points

  1. dominikbraun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I am somewhat at odds.

    On the one hand, you can rely on the Marsala barrel for this whisky, at least in terms of its aroma: it brings the red, sweet fruitiness that I like so much.

    On the other hand, the malt appears flat and angular in some places. I don't know how Glenmorangie keeps doing this. The Quinta Ruban no longer tastes really good at the end, the Tale of Cake was far too youthful, especially in the finish, and the Tale of Winter also apparently lacks maturity - after 13 years!

    It is as if the aromas were floating on the spirit like bath ducks. In terms of aroma, it doesn't look bad at first, until you keep seeing the spirit flash through between the bath ducks. These rubber ducks then get stuck on the tongue and in the finish only the spirit remains. The finish is correspondingly flat. It's not exactly youthful, but far too rough for a 13-year-old whisky with a Marsala finish.

    So: wasted potential! And I have no idea why Glenmorangie isn't doing any better. Expertise would actually be available.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. Descry did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Hi Dominikbraun,
    I can tell you why Glemorangie can't do it better. They have absolutely no interest in doing more than necessary. The distillery is owned by the Louis Vuitton Group.
    So it's all about earning as much money as possible with as little effort as possible. Therefore all special bottlings of the last few years have got worse and worse and the marketing has got better and better. So why sacrifice too much a good barrel when that's enough?
    All very sad. The same with Bruichladdich's Black Art. After 4.1 a new master distiller came. He thought he could take a few bad kegs with him, doubled the price and limited the whole thing. The distillery wanted to skim off the money immediately, which actually slowly developed later in the collector's market. Conclusion: bad whisky, exorbitant price.

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The name is program. That fits. Dark fruits paired with Christmas spice notes. The whole thing is very good and round, but has no great depth.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Jackdaniels777 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Initial price was 89€ at Clos19.

  6. milkbonez scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Felt like this one could've been much more than what it was. Not worth the price i'm seeing it for, but definitely a step up from Tale of Cake, still fails to deliver for its price tag in my opinion.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity yet dry on the nose. Some nuttiness and weak chocolate. Some dried mango
    • Taste
      85 85
      Red fruits with a little bit of tropical fruits on the side. Has a spiciness that is a bit unique, more peppery and chili, but then goes into macadamia (i think official notes say Brazil nut, which is accurate). There is a sweetness but it turns into the peppery spiciness pretty quickly.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Nutty, chilli, and very short. Gets somewhat better with more sips, but turns into something strange that I'm not sure I really enjoy? It's fine but if not weird.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    the name fits the taste; sweet, cake spices, cinnamon, warm and rich, but it feels a bit artificial somehow.
    still nice to drink with a friend on a late winter evening.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A difficult Glenmorangie for me. At least the name fits very well. A whisky for a Christmas market. The Marsala barrel brought in the right notes for this. I'm not sure if I would like any other time of the year.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. domani scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    When it comes to the nose I'm a bit ambiguous, but in the end it's too artificial for me, the taste is pleasing and incredibly tasty. A typical Glenmorangie, actually. Can you make more of it? Perhaps. But do you have to? You can also make the best of what you have - 01/04/2022
    • Nose
      85 85
      Caramel, red berries, fruit acid from apple and pineapple, em-eukal cough drop, lavender, the red fruitiness is replaced by an artificial sweetness, soap, artificial vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very flat with a hint of ginger heat, malt sweetness, toffee, artificial vanilla, very nutty, red fruits, no trace of alcohol
    • Finish
      83 83
      In short, bitter fruit peel, maybe apple or pear, cough drop, some barrel spice and oak towards the end

  10. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Honeycomb, chocolate digestives, fragrant lavender, sultana, and cinnamon
    • Taste
      95 95
      Cocoa, Brazil nuts, vanilla tablet, jammy red berry sweetness developing, crystallised ginger
    • Finish
      90 90
      Spicy ginger remains, mellowed by vanilla and chocolate mouss

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