This is a Highland single malt aged for at least 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels before spending an unspecified finishing period in ruby port pipes. It's bottled at 92 proof and non-chillfiltered.
Nosed from the bottle, there is a fruity wine aroma, very sharp and aromatic. In the glass, the colour is striking. It is a distinct orange with copper tones.
For this tasting I added a splash of water. The nose is sweet and slightly oily, but with less of a wine aroma than from the bottle. I'm reminded of raspberry jam on buttered toast for some reason, more than anything else.
Tasting notes for this whisky always describe chocolate mint, but I don't get that from it. There is a peppery bite and a salty tang which get the palate going, then soft, melting malt flavour. Again I don't notice the mint; if anything, a chocolate-cherry flavour.
Further nosing reveals perfumed notes of rosewater. I know this all sounds quite pretentious but this is truly a complex whisky that is not nearly as sweet and light as you might think.
It finishes on a pleasant fruity note. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first but like most good whiskies it revealed itself to me over several tastings and by the end of the bottle I have nothing but good things to say about it.
If anyone else has opinions on this whisky or others in the Glenmorangie range, I'd love to hear them.
I have 'mixed emotions' concerning the Quinta Ruban, finding it a more assertive and challenging whisky in some respects than the old Port Wood version it's replaced. Yet I still miss the smooth, effortless nature of the Port Wood Finish.
I drank lots of it, as much as Ardbeg 10, and miss it.
I didn't enjoy my QR as much. Possibly because I was looking for/expecting a "fortified" version of the old Portwood.
I actually prefer the Lasanta, though I've heard the latest bottlings are a bit "sulphurry". But possibly best of the three "new" finished whiskies, I like the Nectar D'Or best, finished in Suternes "pudding wine" barrels.
I am actually on the other side of that. I have never had the QR of the Nectar but, I used to frequent the old Port Wood all the time it was amazing. Unfortunately I was unaware of the discontinuing of it so was unable to acquire another bottler for savings. I am going to have to find something else to replace was thinking the QR but I think I need to try it first before I buy it.
jazz lover the one thing I have read is that a lot of people who liked the old port wood do not like the QR cause they are comparing them but the thing is they are not comparable I have heard.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
I have finally tried it!
Glenmorangie finished, ahem, I mean 'extra-matured' in port casks. Now bottled unchillfiltered at 46% Of the new releases which debuted at Whisky Fringe, this was the most popular and won quite a few votes in the Spirit of the Fringe competition. The most heavily finished of the new bottlings.
Color: Medium brown, kind of like a caramel color but maybe a little bit more bronze. The legs coated the glass nicely, not super thick but not thinly in the middle, they we're there for a little bit.
Nose: Semisweet but not too sweet. I fell in love from the first whiff. The nose opened up a little after a few minutes and it seemed a little bit more in your face but still not overbearing.
Taste: It was a nice balance of sweetness and nirvana with a little bit of that whack behind the head that makes it Scotch and not wine in my opinion. From the reviews I read I wasn't so sure I was going to like this Scotch but I think I have found my replacement to the Old Port Wood Finish. it is different because it is unchill filtered but it is so smooth and nice and the taste buds it has been one of the easiest Scotch's I have had in a long time.
Finish: The finish was very smooth and subtle so you haven't forgotten what you just drank and it didn't overpower the rest of the dram.
Comments: I have found my replacement to the Old Port Wood Finish, it's amazing.
1. Quinta ruban
3. Nectar d'Or
For me the Nectar d'Or lack something... the final is "warm" and "sweet", but it is really missing something. However overall it is not bad at all but really not my preferred one.
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