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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or

Full of character yet easy to drink

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

15th Dec 2010


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This year my wife purchased me 3 bottles of whisky for Christmas - a Glenmorangie Nectar D'or, a Talisker 10 year old (to replace a sadly empty bottle) and a bottle of Buffalo Trace. It took surprisingly little wheedling on my part to get her to allow me access to them early.

I decided to try the Glenmorangie first, given that I have heard quite a few people raving about it, and even those 'purists' who think Glenmorangies latest offerings are a bit pretentious say that the Nectar D'or is the best of the current batch of finished releases.

According to the blurb, this dram is aged at least 10 years in ex bourbon barrels and then finished in specially selected Sauternes Wine barriques. The bottle I I have states it is a 12 year old. It also specifically mentions that it isn't chill-filtered and is bottled at 46% so that at least should please Ralfy!

The nose is like creamy syrup; full of cinnamon and sultanas underpinned with a real butteriness (like the smell of partially melted butter on toast). As I keep sniffing I get wafts of honey and hints of lemon meringue pie.

The taste is spicier than the nose, with just the barest hint of wood smoke. Honey, vanilla, hints of chocolate. Really dense with lots of layers. Lemon, yellow apples, cream, butter and even the barest hint of table salt. Leaves my mouth watering! Complex!

The finish is decently long and continues the creamy, buttery, honey goodness. Hints of marmalade, chocolate and even an undercurrent of oak. The sultanas make another appearance as well.

This I think is my new go to drink for introducing people to whisky. Powerful and full of character yet still easy to drink. Excellent in it's own right, but no big learning curve required for beginners! Count me as one of the ravers! It's pretty good value for money too.

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jwise commented

Good to hear! I have a sample of this dram coming from Master of Malt. I can't wait to try it after reading this review!

12 years ago 0

jdcook commented

It's definitely dangerously easy to drink this one - very light, but full of interesting flavours.

12 years ago 0

RoganFox commented

Have to agree. Received this over the Holidays and have found it very easy to drink while picking up on the subtle flavors going on. As you say a very good introductory malt due to its drinkability!

12 years ago 0

drinix commented

I'm currently trying this malt, along with the quinta ruban. I must say the two are completely different, but, whereas in the quinta ruban the finishing overpowers the base malt (the glenmorangie original), completely changing its nature, the nectar d'or enhances its character and adds complexity. I very much agree with your tasting notes and I would add that this one is a step up from the original (which I already love).

12 years ago 0

HP12 commented

Great review accompanied by helpful comments.

With eager anticipation for eventual purchase, I've added the "Nectar" to my wish list.

12 years ago 0

jdcook commented

@HP12 - if you do get it you will not be disappointed!

12 years ago 0

jdcook commented

@drinix - I'm not that big of a fan of the quinta ruban, but I really like the Nectar D'or. I would agree, the finishing in this case has significantly added to the base malt (and the 10 year old original is a way more than decent entry level dram). I would highly recommend this to anyone - it is an excellent malt at a very decent price!

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