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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or

Please don't add water

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@jmende1Review by @jmende1

2nd Jul 2010

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This will be my first review on connosr (or at all really). I'm a chef, so I think about food pairings when I have scotch. This is a very special bottle for me, as I got it for the first Father's day that I was a subject of. So without further adieu:

Pre dilution Nose: Peach, Plum, Citrus, Jelly beans, cotton candy, white grapes, oak, sauternes (obviously), poached pear, medium vanilla hints

Flavor: medium body, light tartness, disintegrates on your tongue in a fruity, slightly nutty flavor, a slight tang nestles in between taste buds. Gentle bitter finish.

Diluted: Nose: candied orange rind, peaches Flavor: loses some tartness, gains a little sweetness. Flavor doesn't seem to be as complex when diluted. Wood and apple on the finish. As for the texture on the tongue, the tang is muted

Food pairing ideas: App: Tuna skewer, candied grapefruit, watercress (Intersested to see what a peppery green would do to balance the sweetness of this dram)

Main: Sauternes poached Foie gras.

Dessert: Meyer lemon semifreddo

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8 comments

@Hogshead
Hogshead commented

Love this review - especially the food pairings. More please!

10 years ago 0

@Connosr
Connosr commented

Great opening review @jmende1, very emotive. We love whisky and food pairings here on Connosr, so we especially enjoyed this :)

10 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

Loving the food combos, and the sound of this whisky - will certainly be adding this to my wishlist. (And I never add water! Point of debate I know...)

10 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

Nice review.

@OJK re: not adding water - I also love drinking whisky neat - even at cask strength. Adding water dilutes the intensity which is a big part of the enjoyment for me.

(It's not a fashionable thing to say, I know.)

10 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

I'd like to add that its not a 'macho' thing :)

10 years ago 0

@Hogshead
Hogshead commented

Although sometimes the whisky can taste a little "spirity" at cask strength - which in some cases overpowers the flavour.

I can think of a few examples where the flavour is more intense after some water. I think you can't make hard and fast rules - you have judge case by case.

But if you do add water you never want to drown it - sometimes a couple of drops is enough.

10 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

@LeFrog: I totally agree, there's also something which I stubbornly don't like about the notion of 'dilution', it's a stupid thing i know, but it just doesn't sit well with me. I also admit that there's an element of laziness to it, I like the direct route of bottle to palate without a water middleman.

@Hogshead: I totally agree with your point as well, there can be no rules, hence the beauty of whisky enjoyment. If someone likes to have coke with their whisky, most of us would frown, but if that's the way they like it then so be it. I have read though that there is a scientific reason why water releases the bouquet in whisky, that it breaks down the flavour compounds and therefore releases flavour-containing molecules.

So the summary would probably be that like LeFrog, it's not a 'macho' thing that I don't like to add water, probably just an ideological one, as well as a sensory one. I'm sucker for cask strength whiskies for that reason - a more intense flavour and a sense of "authenticity", as misplaced a notion as that may be.

10 years ago 0

@jmende1
jmende1 commented

@connosr: Thanks for the kind words! @everyone: thanks for the encouragement! @LeFrog: I try to leave my sense of masculinity away from tasting scotch and figure out how best to enjoy it! There are many drams out there that keep secrets, and the only way to get them to spill their guts is by adding a drop of water. Highland Park 12 (my other review) is certainly like this in my experience.

10 years ago 0

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