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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

Sweet and savoury?

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

6th Apr 2022


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The first time I tried this whisky was some years ago at a Glenmorangie/Ardbeg dinner and tasting. That particular version of Quinta Ruban was a 12 year old offering whereas this newer version is 14 years old. What follows is a description of the newer version which I have tasted on multiple occasions and shared with friends. In fact, this bottle is almost empty. That in and of itself is telling.

Tasting notes

  • Nose (undiluted): cherries, strawberries, milk chocolate, damp oak, some oranges, a bit brighter than I remember. Batch variations, differing conditions and all that I suppose.
  • Palate: rich yet soft and approachable, dare I say (no, don't) smooooooth, milk chocolate, strawberries, a touch of pepper and ginger, apricots and a touch of tobacco
  • Finish: medium length, a bit drying, oak, pepper and ginger, some oranges, and a touch of something herbal and almost savoury (fresh mint? fresh thyme? it's faint but it's there). The herbal/savoury notes come as a surprise, albeit a welcome one. My bottle isn't all sweetness and silk.

About $95 for a 14 year old malt bottled at 46% abv is quite reasonable in Ontario. I'll probably get another one. The drying and savoury finish might not be to everyone's liking but I find it works really well against all the sweet fruitiness of the nose and development. Well done, Glenmorangie.

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BlueNote commented

Nice review. I love this stuff. I'll have to pay more attention next time I enjoy a dram and see if I can pick up that savory component. It's about the same price in BC., well it is until they slap the extra 15% on at the till. angry

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@BlueNote I didn't perceive it each time I tasted the whisky, but I tasted it often enough that I couldn't write it off as an "off-palate" day. Also, it doesn't slap you upside the head the way the savoury notes in some Springbanks do. It's still Glenmorangie, after all.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

casualtorture commented

Big fan of this one. Although I didn't get a savory note in my last one, sounds like an excuse to go get another one.

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