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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!