Reviewed on Sun 17 Jan, 2016
Part of a larger release of limited editions such as Quinta Ruban and Nectar D'or, this is an appealing whisky that's just a bit of a step up from your average £25-30 supermarket single malt.
Glenmorangie makes decent, but generally fairly average single malts that aren't bad (by any stretch) and don't really offend anyone's sense, but without really being exceptional either. You can get the standard 10yr old version in your local Tesco/Sainsburys for around £30 if you're lucky - this Limited Release version runs at a slightly heftier £40 a bottle. That's still pretty good value if you can get over the fact this is a NAS release.
A limited edition release from the legendary Glenmorangie distillery. A Midwinter Night's Dram celebrates a tradition in which the Glenmorangie Master Distiller would treat The Sixteen Men of Tain to a special whisky during the festive season as a thank you for their hard work over the year. This single malt features whisky drawn from select bourbon casks and Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, resulting in an expression full of Christmas spices, sweet fruit and nutty elements.
On the nose: Marmalade, glace cherries, sunflowers and recently mown grass. A nice big hit of fruit mince pies.
The taste: Terry's chocolate orange, a hint of salted caramel and sugared almonds. Slightly soapy texture to it. It's not bad but not exceptional, the soapy texture is a tad off putting.
The finish: The finish is medium with bitter orange, white pepper and a little bit of rich tea biscuit coming through towards the end.
Personally... It's not bad, I enjoy this enough to be happy to part with £40 for it but I doubt I'd want to spend much more, which says to me the value point here is spot on. For some odd reasons many of the auction sites have listings of this going for £55+ which I find boggling considering you can order it online from a supermarket for £15 less than that.
Personal Rating: 84/100
Value for Money: 85/100
Overall Rating: 84/100