In the end of October I was invited to the Dolder to discover to indulge in a tale of winter. It was a cozy evening that started with cocktails on the terrace of the beautiful suite, followed by a wonderful conversation in front of the fireplace.
With Dr. Bill Lumsden at the Dolder
Dr. Bill Lumsden, who heads up Glenmorangie’s innovations and has been with the company for more than 25 years, gave us an insight into the world of whisky. He is a true icon with an amazing and truly captivating Scottish accent. His favourite phrase is «What if?». With a PhD in biochemistry and decades of experience, Dr Bill has all the skills needed to bring these ideas to life. He features in the Icons of Whisky Hall of Fame and has won the International Whisky Competition’s award for Master Distiller of the Year more times than anyone else.
This year, Dr. Bill has challenged himself and his team once more to take whatever captures their imaginations and turn it into whisky. Inspired by the coziness of a winter jumper, the whisky experts will release Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter next month, a 13-year-old single malt with notes of fruit, honey, cocoa dust and spice, designed for crafting fireside drinks.
So when Dr. Bill Lumsden found himself snowed in at home, wearing his most colourful winter knit, he began to wonder «What if?». He started imagining a whisky that would capture the feeling of being wrapped up indoors, enveloped in a snug winter jumper, while outside was thick with snow.
With this wintry whisky in mind, Dr Bill took a parcel of Glenmorangie mellowed in bourbon casks and finished it in casks which once held Sicily’s fortified Marsala wine – loved for its sweet and fruity flavours. Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter is part Christmas cake, part Highland hip flask. The limited edition whisky has notes and aromas of fruit, honey and Brazil-nut toffee, knitted together with cinnamon, ginger and clove. The whisky was crafted in stills ‘as tall as a giraffe’ to allow more space for taste and aroma. Then they age it in the finest casks, all to bring joy to whisky lovers old and new.
Dr Bill said: «We all know the delight of snuggling up in a winter jumper by the fire, when it’s snowy outside. With flavours as bright and vivid as my favourite woollen sweater, Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter deliciously captures those magical, cosy moments. The experience begins with light flurries of fruit and honey, building to torrents of cocoa dust, flakes of red pepper and chunks of Brazil-nut toffee. It culminates in a feels-like-forever finish that swirls with cinnamon, ginger and clove.»
What’s more, Glenmorangie has created a series of six hot and cold wintry drinks for whisky fans easy to make at home, using the new pour, and other whiskies from the brand’s portfolio. These include a Winter Old Fashioned, a bold and velvety Quinta Ruban Hot Chocolate, and a Pumpkin Scotch Latte. The recipes can be found below:
WINTER APPLE TODAY (hot)
50ml X by Glenmorangie Whisky
75ml apple juice naturally cloudy
25ml squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Gently heat all ingredients, except the whisky, in a saucepan, do not allow to boil. Moisten the rim of a heatproof glass cup and dip it in cinnamon sugar in reverse, then fill it with the hot applelemon juice. Then add the Glenmorangie X and stir. Garnish: orange zest (peel) in strips.
FIRESIDE MULE (hot)
50ml Glenmorangie Original
125ml Ginger Beer
25ml squeezed lemon juice
25ml apple juice natural
Some sugar, dash of Angostura bitters
Gently heat all ingredients in a saucepan, do not allow to boil, then transfer to a heatproof glass cup Garnish: Ginger cookie
WINTER OLD FASHIONED (cold)
50ml X by Glenmorangie
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
3 dashes Bitters
Cinnamon Stick and Orange Twist, to garnish
Pour ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass. Stir to dissolve sugar, then fill with cubed ice. Stir to
chill, then garnish with cinnamon stick and orange twist.
MULLED MORANGIE (hot)
30ml Glenmorangie Lasanta
100ml red wine*
50ml press apple juice
Mulling spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, anise, vanilla)**
1 dessert spoon of Demerara sugar
One slice (wheel) of orange
Pour ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a simmer on a low heat. Do not allow to boil. Pour into
a heat proof cup or mug.
*Alternatively, buy a pre-made bottle of mulled wine from the grocery store
** Alternatively, add a mulling sachet to your red wine
PUMPKIN SCOTCH LATTE (hot)
50ml Glenmorangie Original
50ml ready-made Spiced Pumpkin Syrup
100ml Hot Milk
Whipped Cream and Cinnamon, to garnish
Pour ingredients into a reusable coffee cup. Stir, then add whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
QUINTA HOT CHOCOLATE (hot)
50ml Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
50g Dark Chocolate (chopped or broken up)
50ml Double Cream
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Demerara Sugar (to taste)
Orange Twist and Gingersnaps on side for dipping
Pour ingredients into a saucepan and simmer on low heat until chocolate has melted (do not boil).
Serve in a glass mug and place the orange twist on top, with gingersnaps on the side for dipping.
Now winter can come…
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Andrea Monica Hug
Responsible Drinking: The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.