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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.