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A Midwinter Night's Dram is a limited-edition blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in tawny Port barrels. It is released every year around the holidays. This year it is priced at $125 in Utah and $150 elsewhere in the U.S.
The nose has big rye spice, tons of caramel cream, spicy clove, pepper and honey. There is a bit of jammy fruit, such as blackberry and a little blueberry. Vermouth shines through a little bit, with a bit of a wine character to go along with those rich clove notes. Freshly baked bread is present, and the nose finishes up with a bold, spicy, herbal pine note.
The medium mouthfeel on the palate is jammy and sweet, and the heat is in check. It drinks pretty nicely, with lots of cherry and blackberry currant. It blends well with rye spice, notably clove, cinnamon and cracked pepper. On the back palate, there's plenty of fruit. This is one of the jammiest Midwinter Night's Drams in recent years.
The finish is long and sweet with spicy notes and blackberry and blueberry. A hint of cherry again, as well as very sweet, big, jammy fruits. The finish is long with spicy rye bread, cracked pepper and clove, a little less herbal with no dill whatsoever.
Overall this is a great whiskey. It sits really nice on the palate. This is sweeter than past years' releases. Overall, for the price, it's very nice. There's a good deal going on here; I would call it complex. It's one of the better Midwinter Night's Drams I've had in recent years, and I would say that if you're a big fan of what this stands for, which is wine-finished rye, and if you've enjoyed past releases, this is a must-buy.