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Glenmorangie 12yr (The Quinta Ruban)

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Highland
Distillery: Glenmorangie
Bottler: Glenmorangie
Years Matured: 12
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  43.0%
Price: $$

 Tasting Notes

Appearance: russet
Nose: sweet, fruitcake, chocolate mint, vanilla, hot on the nose
Body: firm, round
Palate: sweet, nutmeg, cherries, light peat
Finish: long zesty finish, bitter chocolate, peat, almond oil

Flavor Profile 

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 Final Thoughts

Every now and then I like to enjoy a sizable bedtime dram.  When its been a long day and I am craving something rich and delicate I reach for this special bottling of Glenmorangie.  The Quinta Ruban is finished for two years in port casks.  When Brandy is added in the port making process it kills the fermentation process leaving a high amount of unfermented sugar.  When combined with the vanilla leached from the oak casks you get rich chocolate notes with a hint of mint, cherries, and other fruit.  The finish is long and will sticks with me as I slowly wade into slumberland.

Grade: A- (91)

 

Glenmorangie 10yr (The Orginial)

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Highland
Distillery: Glenmorangie
Bottler: Glenmorangie
Years Matured: 10
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  40.0%
Price: $$

Tasting Notes

Appearance: deep copper
Nose: floral, fabric softener, opening to citris, dried apricots, cream cheese
Body: light and fresh
Palate: vanilla, salty butter, dry
Finish: short, a little peat, herbal, lingering oak

Flavor Profile

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Final Thoughts

As the most approachable, and youngest expression in the Glenmorangie line, the 10yr Original is a nice bridge to the distillers bolder expressions.  There is just enough house flavor in this bottle to hook you on the remaining portfolio.

The nose is rich with floral notes, a focal point of many Highland malts.  However, when enjoyed with a small amount of water, hidden feinty and fruity notes become much more apparent.  The body is light, much like other Bourbon aged 10yr olds.  The palate is sharp and reminds me of yogurt dipped pretzels and their sweet and salty contrast.  The final dry oaky notes drop off quickly…too quickly, leaving just a hint of flowers and peat behind. Overall a great introduction to the varied Glenmorangie portfolio but falls a little flat compared to other 10yr olds.

Grade: B (84)