Scotland’s Glenmorangie distillery is thought considerably for experimentation with its single malts. One in every of its newest may be considered one of its most unusual so far, being described as its “first whisky ever crafted from barley kilned with woodland botanicals.”
The brand new Glenmorangie A Story Of A Forest, in accordance with these behind it, is claimed to have been impressed by Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation Dr. Invoice Lumsden’s “encounters as he wanders the woods close to his dwelling.” Evoking “the scents, sounds and sights of the forest itself,” this expression had its “notes of pine, juniper and wooden smoke” created “by bringing again an historical methodology of kilning barley with botanicals.”
Noting that historical Highland whisky makers dried their barley with all types of forest gasoline, Lumsden started experimenting by kilning his barley with many various botanicals, discovering flavors which juniper berries, birch bark and heather flowers might carry, when married with a bit of peat.
“Each time I’m going into the woods the place I reside,” mentioned Lumsden in a ready assertion, “I discover one thing new, be it the perfume of final night time’s rainfall or the sound of leaves rustling a selected approach. I started to think about how we might carry the forest to life in a whisky, by kilning barley with supplies from woodland, the best way our ancestors did. After many experiments, we fell in love with the flavours introduced by juniper, birch bark and heather, to create a Glenmorangie as lush and leafy because the forest itself.
“With aromas of pine needles, woodland moss, juniper’s sharpness, and tastes of eucalyptus, mint, bitter orange and distant smoke, A Story of the Forest is a whisky to encompass, delight and shock you, whether or not you get pleasure from it deep in a forest or in cocktails at dwelling.”
Glenmorangie A Story Of A Forest shall be accessible starting this month, bottled at 46% ABV, for £75. Official tasting notes are under.
- Color: Deep amber
- Nostril: Candy malt, biscuit, creamy with a distinctively sharp botanical edge, like juniper or coriander. A splash of water releases myriad natural and perfumed prime notes, equivalent to juniper, coriander, damp woodland, pine needles, nettle and mint. There are glacé cherries, with aromas harking back to candy baking chestnuts and mild wooden smoke.
- Style: A zesty, peppery, effervescent mouthfeel leads into an explosion of flavours: peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, pine, wooden sap, angelica, bitter orange and a touch of fragrant wooden smoke. The style sensation continues, with a bitter-sweet oak tannin flavour, together with some oily vanilla and hints of aniseed.
- End: Lengthy and lingering, with tangy citrus notes equivalent to orange and lemon, and oak.