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

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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)


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  1. Whisky Review – Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban « whiskeywriter

    05/15/2012 at 7:01 pm

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  2. Anonymous

    09/24/2012 at 10:38 am

    Dear sir,

    I couldn’t disagree with you more regarding that part of your assessment including such descriptors as including a “woody” finish and “bitter chocolate”.

    The nature of your visual dial above, much resembling a speedometer or Ouiji Board, is inadequate and inaccurate, for it doesn’t allow for characterizations that are not physically proximate to one another. For example, in this case I would agree that the descriptors “nutmeg” and “cherries” are fitting, as is “woody”. But your Ouiji Board does not allow a dial reading of “Woody” /”Fruity” as the taste experience arguably calls for.

    Ditch the dial or figure out a way to allow for more possible combinations characterizations (ie “woody”/”fruity”). Clearly, the overarching taste cannot be categorized solely as “Woody” as you have done.

    It’s just as much “wood” and it is “fruit”… or even “vanilla”, which surprisingly doesn’t show up here.

    kind regards,

    Trevor Edmunds
    (a bloody American, by the way)

  3. Anonymous

    09/24/2012 at 10:52 am

    wow… i’m the guy who just offered a bit of a long and somewhat arsehole-tone of a review!

    looking at your review of Macallan 12 Yr, i realize that the “Ouji Board” actually does allow for varying degrees of strength of each taste category… ooops. looks like i didn’t quite read it properly and understand the function of the scale.

    blame it on the Glenmorangie and Johnny Walker Double Black … (i’ve been doing a bit of comparing between the two… i’m a very novice Scotch drinker, as you’ve probably notice…haha).


    btw, fix the fucking spelling of “Laphorig”.