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We’ve got Glenmorangie’s Quinta Ruben here, finished in port pipes. I’m dealing with an older bottling - the first edition. Unlike its later incarnations, this one comes without an age statement. I’m not usually a fan of port-cask finishes, but let’s see how this goes.
Nose: Sweet and fruity. Raisins, chocolate, toffee, fruitcake, almonds, and caramel. After a few minutes some oaky notes peek through.
Palate: Semi-thick mouthfeel. Sweet and winey arrival. Cherries, cherry pastry, berry jam, blueberries, figs, and Hoisin sauce.
Finish: Cereal, berry jam, cherry pastry, Hoisin sauce, barley, raisins, hazelnut, almond extract, earth, anise. Medium in length.
Thoughts: Well, I don’t love it. This reminds me of Cardhu, actually. It has a very strong jammy/berry quality to it and a pleasant sweetness, but it lacks depth. The finish seems kind of slapped on. As a result, the fruity port flavours are rather one-dimensional, and haven’t substantially integrated with the spirit. Even at a respectable 46% abv, nothing “pops” here. But I suppose if you want something affordable and fruity, this will do in a pinch. Perhaps the newer incarnations of the QR bring more to the table. The lovely 10 remains my pick from the Glenmo core range.