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Because the successor to the discontinued Personal Version line, Glenmorangie’s “Story” sequence continues the custom of experimentation and innovation for which whisky-maker, Dr. Invoice Lumsden, is so well-known. That mentioned, final yr’s Marsala-finished Tale of Winter wasn’t precisely a groundbreaking single malt. For this yr’s Story of the Forest, nevertheless, Glenmorangie has introduced the world one thing altogether distinctive.
In an interview with Dr. Bill over the summer time, he alluded to this newest Glenmorangie launch and a few controversy that briefly surrounded its creation. The Scotch Whisky Affiliation, the regulatory physique for Scotch whisky, had apparently gotten nervous when Dr. Invoice launched the thought of utilizing botanicals on this single malt, though botanicals have traditionally been utilized in Scotch whisky manufacturing. “That’s how I lastly acquired away with it,” Invoice informed us. Impressed by his love of hill strolling and the forests close to his dwelling, Story of the Forest was designed to mirror the sensations of the outside by incorporating a portion of barley kilned with Scottish botanicals like juniper, birch bark, heather, and rowan berries. It’s unclear precisely how this woodland-inspired barley was included into the ultimate spirit, however the single malt created from it was reportedly aged in ex-bourbon casks. Let’s take a stroll within the woods, we could?
The nostril is straight away distinctive and fascinating. It’s a bit smoky, which isn’t one thing I’ve ever actually detected in a Glenmorangie. Not a heavy, peat-fueled smoke, however a skinny, candy campfire smoke that does certainly evoke the forest. That sensation is enhanced by notes of contemporary mint, candy pine sap, and dried berries that ultimately give option to extra basic Glenmorangie aromas of tinned pear and honeyed malt. The palate is elegant with a delicate oiliness and mushy heat. The smoke carries by means of right here, as nicely, with little bit of toasted fir department that enhances sweeter, brighter notes of juniper and clove. The natural and resinous components threaten to show sharp on the midpalate however as a substitute soften to candied ginger, peppermint, and Christmas cake on a protracted, silky end dusted with 5 spice and pipe smoke. It’s a well-built, if very uncommon, whisky, excellent for exploring within the winter season. Though it’d enchantment extra to smokeheads than Highland purists.