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In addition to the original Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or, a 12-year old expression, this new version has been given an extra three years of maturation in ex-Sauternes casks and was launched in 2011.
The nose is fruity and sweet with a lot of honey and a very distinct winey note, no doubt due to the influence of the finish in Sauternes casks. I also detected apricots, lemons and some vanilla, everything delightfully interwoven. I have never had a nose that was more under the influence of a wine flavour than was the case with this one but it works brilliantly!
The palate is full and sweet, with again honey, vanilla and now also oranges and caramel making an appearance. In addition there is a touch of malty spice that nicely complements the flavour range.
The finish is quite long and rich, with honey notes and the same malty spiciness that I had noticed with the palate.
This is a stunning whisky and by far my favourite one from the Glenmorangie core range (at least until now). It is less floral than the 12-year old version but manages to elegantly combine sweetness with spice and intensity of flavour. The result is a sumptuous whisky that the distillery can be proud of!