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Glenmorangie’s original expression was the whisky that I was enjoying when I first began to fall in love with single malt scotch. I was alone, reading a good book, enjoying a generous dram; I was nosing and tasting, slow and mellow, and the subtle aromas separated and re-coalesced. It was an epiphany!
Shortly thereafter, my Mom gave me a bottle of Quinta Ruban for my birthday: it has a much more more complex nose than the ‘original’ expression, and I was hooked.
The Nectar D'or expression is a 12 YO scotch that is first matured for a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, and then finished in hand-selected Sauternes wine casks (ABV 46%).
Colour: Gold (of course)
Nose: An aromatic honey-sweetness with subtle notes of peach, orange and lime.
Palate: full and deep; fruit-wine, raisins, citrus, sweet-vanilla.There is a subtle taste — almost unpleasant, but it adds to the whole in a wonderful manner — that I assume can be attributed to the Sauternes influence. the addition of a few drops of water did nothing to enhance the whisky; I prefer it neat.
Finish: long and smooth: warm honey, sweet pears.
The influence from the Sauternes casks is delivered wonderfully: a sumptuous communication between wood, wine and malt. I closed my eyes and felt like a decadent gentleman lounging in his private study enjoying a very satisfying dram.