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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or

Mild, sweet, rock solid

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@MahlzahnReview by @Mahlzahn

3rd Jan 2012

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    87

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I have been looking forward to taste this particular Glenmorangie bottling because I have heard and read so many great things about it. Today, I finally received a sample and poured me a dram straight away :) The Nectar d'Or is one of Glenmorangies special bottlings together with the Lasanta and the Quinta Ruban. It is matured for 10y in Ex-Bourbon barrels before it gets its finish in french Sauternes-barriques, which usually contain the famous sweet, french wine. Together with the mild character Glenmorangie is known for, I expected some really great stuff...Let's see what I could find:

Nose: Very sweet with lots of Vanilla, very mild with hints of citrus and fruits. These were getting even more vivid as I added some drops of water, because the Nectar d'Or comes at 46% and has some potential for adding water in order to explore more of its aromas. Overall a very nice, sweet and solid nose, but nothing spectacular or overwhelming. (21)

Taste: The sweetness continues and dominates, harmonizing well with Glenmorangie's characteristic mildness. Very smooth, a little fruity and soft but with a full body. Nothing flat or boring here...the 46% suit him well ;) After some sips a mild spiciness (maybe ginger) develops, giving the Nectar d'Or a little more depth. Good stuff :) (21)

Finish: Again sweet and mild and warm, but not too long with that hint of spice. A minimal dryness towards the end. (21)

Balance: A very well-balanced dram. All the aromas evolve and complement each other continuously from the nose to the finish. (24)

Overall, the Nectar d'Or is a mild, sweet and rock solid Single Malt that should find a lot of fans and is also very suitable for beginners, because of its mild- and sweetness. However, it lacks some surprises or something spectacular to hit the 90+ points for me. But it is still a very good and very quaffable Whisky!

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2 comments

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Great review. Have you tried the Bruichladdich Cuvee 'E' 16 yo (Sauternes finish)? I'm a big fan of it, I'd say it's probably my most favourite single malt to date (I have a sweet tooth and am very partial to dessert wine flavours). I'll be adding the Nectar D'or to my wish list, would be great to contrast and compare how both distilleries have used Sauternes in their whisky. I've heard of Port Ellen and Edradour being finished in Sauternes; anyone know of any that are more commonly available?

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@Mahlzahn
Mahlzahn commented

@ systemdown: Thank you! The Nectar d'Or has been my first Sauternes finish that I've tried, so I can't really compare it to others.

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