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The neat nose of the Quinta Ruban is one of the most distinctive I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Cream, vanilla and a subtle sherry-port right off the bat. I dropped a single ice cube in the glass and let it open up a little. Hints of chocolate and more sherry, with the vanilla opening up into something like a baked confection.
First sip, I'm in love. The ever so slightly creamy texture walks right on down my throat, hand in hand with that heady (but not candyish or overpowering) vanilla. Second sip is even more wonderful. There's a ride going on here that's hard to describe. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope, with six or seven different flavor notes and scents all slowly but consistently pinwheeling and morphing into new and luxurious combinations, variations on their theme.
I had three glasses over four hours and a four course dinner. I was having such a great time with it, I couldn't resist.
The best news - my local New England stores are well-stocked with the Quinta Ruban - under $50 USD.
A nine-point-five out of ten on my personal Single Malt Meter™ (I must leave room for something else...right?)
Try one whenever you get the chance!