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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or

A sumptuous 15-year old

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

14th Oct 2012

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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!

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7 comments

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Thanks @Pierre_W for writing one of few reviews I can find for this special 15yo version. It encouraged me to track it down. I am now reading it again now, after acquiring a bottle, pouring a dram, and sipping as I read. Very good descriptions, similar to my experience of the nose and finish.

Maybe you can tell me what I'm doing wrong though: the palate is so tart to me! Really puckers my cheeks. Water seems to help (did you add much?), but I just wondered whether you experienced the same thing and had any tips.

5 years ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Hi @vanPelt, thanks for checking in. I wrote that review quite a while ago, almost two years ago in fact, but I do remember that I experimented a lot with water with this one. I would not have called the palate 'tart' though, but that might just be my memory failing me.

Do you know if this is still available somewhere? I met Andy MacDonald, Glenmorangie distillery manager, at Whisky Live Paris 2012 where he told me that the 15 year-old version would not be continued as the 12-year old version proved to be "too popular". A pity really, as this was by far my favourite Glenmorangie bottling.

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

This greatly interests me, especially regarding how my tastes differ: I can't imagine NOT using the word "tart" to describe the undiluted malt! My first full-strength glass reminded me of my review of the 12yo ( connosr.com/reviews/glenmorangie/… ). But if your review reflects adding water, then I agree. I noticed the sourness disappear after a good dollop. Let me try again.

And yes! As of today's date, you can still order the 15yo here, although they state "Limited stock" now: drinksupermarket.com/glenmorangie-nectar-d-…

I originally thought I found it at whiskyhuis, but this turned out to be yet another item that was actually not in stock there... you can't really trust them. But I have no problems recommending drinksupermarket; the delivery went just great (it really is the 15yo), and it also sells at the best price that I could find.

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

And interestingly, I just watched the nice official video they provided. Look at that extended dollop of water that Dr. Bill Lumsden adds, at 0:50...: www.youtube.com/watch

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Did you order it? I noticed that they are out of stock now.... I'm really enjoying mine now by the way (with enough water to make <43%), working on a comparison review.

5 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael commented

As a fan of Glenmorangie - in particular the Nectar D'or - I haven't seen any of the 15 yr expressions here in the USA.

5 years ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Hi @vanPelt. No, I did not order a bottle as I bought a lot of other stuff. Too bad, another good one gone...

5 years ago 0

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