The new Glenmorangie A Tale Of A Forest, according to those behind it, is said to have been inspired by Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation Dr. Bill Lumsden’s “encounters as he wanders the woods near his home.” Evoking “the scents, sounds and sights of the forest itself,” this expression had its “notes of pine, juniper and wood smoke” created “by bringing back an ancient method of kilning barley with botanicals.”
Colour: Deep amber
Nose: Sweet malt, biscuit, creamy with a distinctively sharp botanical edge, like juniper or coriander. A splash of water releases myriad herbal and perfumed top notes, such as juniper, coriander, damp woodland, pine needles, nettle and mint. There are glacé cherries, with aromas reminiscent of sweet baking chestnuts and gentle wood smoke.
Taste: A zesty, peppery, effervescent mouthfeel leads into an explosion of flavours: peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, pine, wood sap, angelica, bitter orange and a hint of aromatic wood smoke. The taste sensation continues, with a bitter-sweet oak tannin flavour, along with some oily vanilla and hints of aniseed.
Finish: Long and lingering, with tangy citrus notes such as orange and lemon, and oak.