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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or

Spice done right...

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

16th May 2013


Glenmorangie Nectar D'or
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I have always been quite vocal about my love for the Glenmo 10 yr Original. Cheap, light, sweet, smooth, creamy, citrusy, and delicious. Not impressive or complex, it’s just good. It’s a staple in my cabinet. Not having been particularly impressed with the Quinta Ruban or the Lasanta, the Nectar d’Or and the Astar remain the only affordable members of the basic range for me left to try. Here’s how the former fared… Nose: Some elements of the Original. Vanilla, crème brulée, citrus, and light grainy notes. The Sauternes scents make a solid appearance here too. It’s quite tangy, grapey, and winey. There’s also chocolate, toffee, mango, and charred oak. Palate: Both butter and white pepper hit first. Dark chocolate for days. Bitter citrus, sawdust, wine, and some mild fruits. The spiciness is powerful, but it’s not rough or unpleasant. It’s a well-rounded and intentional spiciness. Finish: Big, dry oak with lingering spices. Quite long. Every element of a black forest cake is here. Dark chocolate, cherries, and cream. Lovely. This stuff is damn good. It’s a bit too spicy and bold to be an everyday dram. But, it’s one of the best engineered spice attacks to be found in the world of whisky. Rounded, robust, and most importantly, consistently pleasant. A spicy whisky can so often come across as harsh or rough around the edges. Not here. This comes on smooth, builds itself up gradually, reaches a powerful crescendo, and then lingers for just the right amount of time. Unlike the rest of the Glenmo lineup, the sweetness doesn’t dominate, and the brand has taken this bottling in a totally different direction. Certainly the most interesting member of the Glenmo family I’ve tried so far. Well done.

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