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@RianC
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

If I'm not mistaken this was one of the first Scottish malts to make a feature of finishing their whisky in wine casks; specifically, port in this instance. I'm generally not the biggest fan of finished whiskys but this comes with a bit of pedigree and it's possibly the first exclusively port finished whisky I've had. Ten years in ex-bourbon casks and then two years in port pipes to be precise, so, in fairness, a decent enough amount of time to let the port wood work its magic. It's also decently priced, available and presented in a 'modern' way. Nice!

Review is from a neat pour from a 3/4 full bottle, sat 15 mins or so and been open just over a month.

Nose - Fresh, creamy and just lovely. And it was very enticing from the get go. Blackberries, strawberries - think a bowl of red/purple summer berries with some fresh mint leaves and cream and your not far off. Vanilla, a hint of rum, and a slight gingery prickle that lets you know it really is a whisky. There's some soft oak (a touch of musty warehouse perhaps?) and cinnamon bark spice that mingles with a slightly bitter lemon malt base. Surprisingly balanced.

Taste - Sweet, fruity arrival but it develops pleasingly into more of the spices and oak notes that help to tone down the sweetness. Alcoholic Vimto (which is a berry cordial in the UK). Becomes more sour towards the finish. Balanced, again. Nice creamy mouthfeel too.

Finish - Short to medium. I wouldn't describe it as cloying at all but you are left with a sweetness that really clings on alongside some some mild tannins.

With a few drops of water the richness of the mouthfeel quickly fades and becomes weaker on the finish. More of the bitter lemon and malty notes come out on the nose. Lighter and fruitier on the taste. I think I may like the taste better neat but the rest as is.

I have to add that I love the colour of this, it has a definite pink tinge which is quite pretty and unusual. I expect this will keep changing as more air gets to it as it has already started to mellow out nicely and take on more of the malt base into the fresh port notes. What pleases me most is its ability to be full on with the fruity notes without ever being too much or taking on a syrupy quality. In short, a great step up from the Ten and one I'd be happy to recommend, especially as an aperitif or after dinner whisky. Also goes beautifully with Porter ale.

Thanks for your review. I agree that this is a pleasant drop. Your rating is pretty close to how I would have scored it, going solely from memory (I think I have it scored as an 87/100 whisky somewhere). I went to a Glenmorangie/Ardbeg tasting last year and this was my favourite of the Glenmo lineup (only the Ardbeg Ten was better imho). Definitely a nice after-dinner sipper.

@OdysseusUnbound - Thanks! I don't reach for this that often but when I'm in the mood for something sweeter it works well.

I also meant I like the taste with water better and the rest neat not the the way round - doh!

@Georgy

NOSE: At first I got a typical note found in dry red wines such as Cabernet sauvignon, Pinot Noir which is blackcurrants with some lemon zest in the background. Vanilla, raspberries, strawberries and bitter cranberries. Caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits toffee. And a touch of gentle fresh mint. The dominant notes, however, are mixed berries jam with brown sugar. Very nice. 22/25

TASTE: a very unique flavor experience which reminds me a lot of Pop rocks candy. A very sweet toffee arrival which quickly transitions into effervescent, fizzy sour and tannin-rich cranberry flavor which then promptly disappears in the finish. This is only true for a dram out of a freshly-opened bottle. But it's a very interesting sensation, so don't miss it! The more it oxidizes in the bottle, the less you'll notice this on the taste. It mellows out a lot. The body is very thin, almost watery, which I don't really like. Yet it's very pleasant with brown sugar and berry jam again along with some warm spices, vanilla and minerality. 21 /25

FINISH: more slightly bitter and sour cranberries, orange zest and toffee. 21/25

BALANCE: it's very pleasant and unique whisky with a relatively nice balance of flavors throughout the whole experience. 22/25

OVERALL IMPRESSION: a nice jammy whisky that your girlfriend will love!

This was the new club bottle at my whisky club's monthly meeting last night. We lined it up with the following:

•Benriach 15 Tawny Port Finish

•Ballechin Full Port Maturation

•Longrow RED Full Port Maturation

The peat-heads in the group (like me) naturally all preferred the Ballechin & the Longrow to the Glenmo & the Benriach. But the opinions between this Glenmo & the Benriach were more interesting.

I thought the Glenmo was fatter and more whisky-ish with a much bigger bite. I much preferred it. The Benriach was comparatively watery (to me) and VERY winey. The port fans in the group liked it a lot, but I didn't.

Regardless, Glenmo is due some points here for an interesting, quality, AGE-STATED, and affordable variation on their usual stuff.

The Ralfy video where he compares the current Quinta Ruban and the 1990s "Port Wood" is worth a spin.

@Georgy Great review - love the 'Berry Jam Pop Rocks' description. It sounds like a very appealing whisky to me, minus the thinness. I've recently been looking into this bottle and all around it seems pretty positive, even more so with some air in the bottle.

@OIJas Have you tried the Tomatin 14 Portwood yet? Would be curious to hear how it stacks up against the others you listed.

@ZackB

Well put together & consistent. Highly enjoyable as the port finish adds characteristics, color, & nuance without truly becoming the dominant voice of the whisky. In simplistic terms, the base Glenmorangie is still there & recognizable.

On a humorous, personal note: when mom got the three years "all clear" from her oncologist, her immediate response was, " son, give me a glass of that red scotch. I'm celebrating. "

Given my line of work I love hearing an all clear.

I also like this whisky. Rarely drink it, though. Not available at LCBO currently and I've never owned a bottle but had it from friends and family.

This one is over $95 dollars at the LCBO when available. For a little more you can get a cask strength wine caskedA'Bunadh, and a few years ago, for $25 less, you could get Forty Creek Portwood Reserve.

I would classify this under "not going to buy but would definitely accept if offered"

@ZackB, In celebration of your mom's "all clear", I tip my glass with another 'northern' dram, Old Pulteney 21.

Slàinte mhath!

A

Appearance is honey-orange in color, theres thick, long, slow running legs also. Lots of peat on the nose, sweet honey, tangerine, peppery alcohol in the finish. Smoky peat hits the taste buds hard, honey tries to balance out peat. Getting faint citrus peel flavor, slighty nutty finish. Alcohol is present but rather smooth. Finish is slightly astringent, stings the tongue, but ends sweet. Overall this whisky is fairly balanced, a nice mix of smoke, sweetness, and alcohol.

@Alexsweden I'm the same as you,I can't taste any peat at all on any Glenmorangie. So I just checked online and apparently it is peated ,but to less than 2ppm.I can't taste it at that level, my palete isn't refined enough!

I think this review is of a whisky completely different from the Quinta Ruban I tried a few years ago and enjoyed

But for a real Port finish kick I usually turn to Amrut Portonova, which would eclipse this one any day.

@hunggar

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.

@hunggar, a years' old comment about Quinta Ruban: try leaving your bottle around for 6 months, 9 months, and a 12 months from now and resampling it. My bottle of Quinta Ruban was a discombobulated mish-mash with no coherence whatsover until it was open about 13 months. It has been excellent ever since, for the last 4 years. Very hard to believe or to explain, but true. @vanpelt has had some similar experiences with Quinta Ruban.

I would not re-buy Quinta Ruban unless I were willing to wait for a year to have a whisky which I liked.

@hunggar, I can second @Victor 's comment to Quinta Ruban. I bought the first version (with no age statement) Quinta Ruban in 2010 if I remember correctly. I wasn't loving it initially, and the bottle was open for probably two years all together. Approaching the last third of the whisky it started to actually work a lot better, at this point the bottle had been open probably at least a year.

This is an interesting case, somehow the port finishing takes time and breathing to migrate to the whisky. I've had a similar experience with Glenmorangie Astar, the longer the bottle has stayed open, the better it has become.

F

If you're scared of peat and want a Single Malt to sip neat that comes reasonably priced, this is the one for you! At $50 it is worth the investment over the standard Glenmorangie offering, but if you don't have to have a Scotch, look to Jameson's Black Barrel for a better priced replacement.

Nose: fairly complex fruits that come through somewhat muted and unfortunately rather indistinct.

Taste: Very smooth and mellow. A very slight peatiness that compliments the flavors of dried fruits and port quite well.

@DutchGaelisch

I bought this bottle for € 39,- after doing some research, and my enthusiasm for the Nectar d'Or bottle. Price-wise this a good qualitie bottle for a reasonable price. I've tried the Penderyn Port Wood in the same price range, the Quinta Ruban beats it. Color: dark gold/pink Taste: red fruit (not to much, just enough), barley, orange peel, dark chocolate, honey/caramel, brown sugar. Finish: medium length the alcohol (46%) keeps it going.

I liked this one too. But then it tasted Amrut's Portonova and was blown away. Two different ABVs and 2 different price points. Both decent sippers on their own.

If you can find it, Forty Creek had a couple of special releases finished in port wood. Also worth a try.

Thank you for the comment and tips. I really like the Amrut Fusion, maybe I'll try the Portonova sometime. The price tag is almost double the Quinta Ruban's (Portonova € 75,-). But you make me curious. The absolute best port-wood finish I've tasted was Balvenie 21 years Portwood, this also has a much bigger price tag € 110,-.

@Uisgebetha

There are strong flavours here but they complement each other beautifully. I was an early convert to Glenmorangie’s experiments with port finishes and the fruits of their labour are now very apparent. I love the colour of this whisky too, coppery mauve, it looks delicious and it is!
Nose: Grape dominating with fruit cake and honey.
Taste: Bittersweet on the palate, with the bitterness winning through. Medium bodied with more fruit cake.
Finish: The finish is more bitter again with dark chocolaty flavours joining the party.

@WhiskyBee

Quinta Ruban replaced the Port Wood Finish in the Glenmorangie lineup back in 2007. Reportedly, this is a NAS version of the same thing. (It’s a 12 yo nonetheless: ten years in American bourbon casks and two years in port pipes.) Never having tasted the Port Wood (because slamming a shot of JD was my idea of whisky drinking back in ’07), I can’t compare. I can’t even compare this whisky to itself, in fact. Six drams into a week-old bottle and each has been a different experience. From harsh and bitter to smooth and winey, it’s been absurdly inconsistent.

Tonight, it tastes pretty good, albeit with some serious nit-picks. Maybe it’s starting to settle. Or maybe it’s because just about anything tastes good after midnight on the eve of a day off from work. Sampled with a drop of water.

Nose: Dry, bitter wine dominates at first. Sweetness and wood emerge soon thereafter. Dark fruits and vanilla up front, chocolate and mint in the background. It’s a quality nose for the most part, but there’s a lingering and slightly unpleasant metallic note, like dirty pennies, that intrudes and annoys.

Palate: Spirity and tart (yet a little watery) on arrival, a little overly sweet in the development. Burnt sugar nearly overwhelms the longer it sits. A few traces of chocolate, tobacco, and those bullseye candies I actually liked when I was a kid. There’s nothing subtle about this palate, and I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not.

Finish: Best part of the experience, even if it’s nothing but pure sugar for the first few seconds. All the warm caramel and fruit components coalesce at it builds. There’s a port wine blast just before it fades out with a smoky snap. A long, layered, and very satisfying finish.

If it weren’t for the finish, I’d score this at least two or three points lower. It’s a rocky ride until then, but mostly worth the effort. A whisky that’s rewarding, challenging, and confusing in equal measure.

@WhiskyBee, thanks for the honest review. The QR is one of my favorite expressions and I find this "winyness" to be one of the main reason for this affection. I was wondering, what malt were you comparing the QR palate with to find it harsh? I get it you have found it harsh as an oposite to the missing subtlety. I for one find the palate of the QR to be direct and honest, maybe not the subtlest one, yes, but I think it connects very well with the nose and finish of this dram.

On the other note, I can wholeheartedly back up your impression of the inconsistency of the QR. It is not a typical everyday dram. One has to be in the right mood for it, no doubt!

@WhiskyBee, my bottle of Quinta Ruban took about a year or more to settle down and become coherent. It actually did, though, after around a year, and has been very enjoyable ever since, for at least 2 additional years. It is a very strange whisky tale, one of the strangest, and it is not the only strange whisky tale which I've had to tell.

My bottle of Quinta Ruban would have been nowhere near worth an 85 til after a year's time...maybe worth around 70 pts, or 68. I'd be slow to buy another bottle of it now, even though I like my well-aged version. I'm not sure I want to take the chance on having to wait a year or more to like it again.

@vrudy6

I'm always searching for the best "bang for the buck" when it comes to single malts. I often try to keep my budget under $50.00 and the Glenmorangie line keeps fulfilling my methodical journey of single malts with awe and pleasure. And now, here is the Quinta Ruban-- I dare to say that this is one of the best single malt whiskies, especially under the $50.00 range. In the palate: orange peel, dark chocolate, caramel, a slight barley perfumes comes through from the Original 10 year old expression, damp woods, brown sugar, honey. Oily thanks to the non- chill filtering. Finishes medium length with traces of honey and caramel. This tastes a lot more expensive than what the price suggests.

My bottle was open for about a week. In addition to that, whenever I buy any whisky what I do to speed up the process of oxidation is I empty the bottle into a wine decanter that has a wide base. Then, I spin and shake it back and forth to create air bubbles within the spirit. I do this for about 3 min. I taste it. If is not to my satisfaction, I leave the whisky in the decanter overnight. As you may now, the wide bottom of the decanter exposes the spirit to a wide area and helps it make more contact with the air. I feel that the biggest difference is tasted in younger whiskies like Glenmo 10 Original, Deanston Virgin Oak, etc.

YES! the Glenmo 10 when freshly opened can be a bit sharp and vegetal. It takes about a day in my decanter for it to start to settle down at the level that's good for me--of course, every palate is different. When the whisky is to my liking, I pour it back in the bottle to prevent it from further oxidation.

I got the idea from the Vinturi spirit aerator.You pour the spirit into the gadget and it's supposed to instantly aerate it when it's forced through by gravity. But, I've read some reviews and apparently the design has a flaw. Some people claim that the button that releases the spirit breaks. A decanter has no moving parts--it's a no-brainer!

I usually buy 1 bottle at a time, sometimes two. And it only lasts me about two to three weeks,'cause I usually invite my brother and some close friends over to see what they think. I don't have to worry about the long term effects of oxidation.

@vanPelt

With scores ranging from 70 up to 95-- words of fan praise vs. below-average rankings by some prominent Connors... What's going on?

Nose1: Rather light, so it's hard to pick apart. The dominant impression starts as vanilla-cherry-eucalyptus. Nose2: But a little time and warming in my hand, and these become bartlett pear-leather-eucalyptus. Still very light.

Palate: Enters with orange caramel, delicious if a bit piney, then joined by smooth leather-tobacco. Then a chemical midpalate transition: minty, with something like bitter walnut skins or gasoline. Finally smoothening back into an oaky caramel-- still with those leaves of tobacco and eucalyptus.

Finish: Thin caramel fades to muted leather and oak. There may be faint stewed raspberry; but there is definitely continuing eucalyptus.

The fading lightness of the nose and finish, into menthol-like eucalyptus, are (to me) the defining drawbacks. More balance is needed against the tannins and mint, especially for the midpalate bitterness (which I have not seen much from Glenmorangie).

The Quinta Ruban's strength is the pleasant entrance, which is creamy, sweet, and delicious. This supports it as a good social drink, in situations where imbalances other than the entrance may be ignored. But for a "critical enjoyment", balance matters more-- and other Glenmorangies are better.

Comparisons? There are shared qualities with the Lasanta and Macallan's 10; but the most similar is Aberlour's 10. However, none of these has the Quinta Ruban's eucalyptus-- a tone that also tainted the Astar experience for me. Judge for yourself whether you like that kind of minty note, if deciding on this malt.

B

While I enjoy my scotch just as much as other whisk(e)y, I've never actually written a review of it before- perhaps because I was just less experienced with it. In any case, this was a great place to start. Glenmorangie's line features quite a few interesting extra-matured whiskies, something I find agreeable- though extra maturation can cause a lot of problems if it's done poorly, there's a lot it can add if done well, and it's definitely done well here. This whisky is aged 10 years in American white oak casks, then transferred to Portuguese ruby port pipes. The port influence is definitely noticeable, and if that kind of flavor isn't your thing, you probably won't enjoy this whisky overly much- but at least in my experience it blends quite well with the flavor of the whisky, producing a quite unique and complex spirit.

Appearance: pale gold but with a distinctive and interesting red-pink highlight. When the glass is tilted, the whisky coats the side like oil.

Nose: A mix of sweet and bitter, complex and interesting. Juicy sweet orange, mint, peach, cocoa, walnut, mild herbal notes, honey, and dried red fruit. Time in the glass or a drop of water reveals deeper, fruitier flavors, as well as more spicy wood notes.

Palate: Mouthfeel is fairly oily and substantial, which I like. Flavorful but intricately so, with a lot of nuances of flavor rather than huge individual ones. Malt, particuarly as barley sugar, is strongly present, and the port is also more present here, with rich, juicy flavors of red fruit (redcurrants, raspberries, blackberries). This is balanced out by black tea, nectarine, dark honey, anise, cocoa, mint, and a hint of spice- allspice and oak- that mingles well with the alcohol.

Finish: Medium-length and echoing more of the bitter notes of the sweeter palate, with bitter orange, black tea, raisins, redcurrants, a bit of honey, and a tang of oak.

Overall Impressions: A very interesting drink indeed, with lots of different flavors mixed together. No one flavor ever really dominates, and the constant undertone of strong barley/malt flavor holds everything together quite nicely. Again, the port flavors are definitely not subtle, but they don't unbalance whisky and in my opinion add quite a bit of interesting depth. A bit more range and intensity of flavor would be a plus, but all in all the whiskey is very good. I also like that this whisky is bottled at 46% and not chill filtered.

@MisterDigger

Since I began ny single malt quest with this distiller, I checked reviews here and bought a bottle of very unique scotch without the benefit of tasting first. I am very pleased, however it is so unique that I hardly ever drink it. Let's face it! How many other single malts were aged in Ruby Port casks to achieve their finish? it is mostly sherry and bourbon oak.

As a big fan of Dow's Tawny and Ruby Ports, I can truly appreciate the cask finish on this one. This one is in a class by itself, similar to Auchentoshan Classic.

@tjb

I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this bottle. It's a 12 year old that has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being finished in Portuguese port casks (called pipes).

The colour is deep, dark and rich. You can see the port influence.

Nose. Orange, oak and spices.

In your mouth it is warm, silky smooth, slightly peppery, rich dark chocolate and oranges. I find the finish fairly short and sweet. This is well balanced, fruity and extremely drinkable.

Verdict. Buy it, drink it, enjoy it, don't over think it.

This one reminded me of cough syrup when I tried it from their mini sampler pack. However,I remember it being better at a bar from a bottle that was half full; or was it half empty? With that said I do believe there is a lot of variation in its bottling. It may just need some time to open up.

Thanks for the review. This is a favorite and one I make sure to never be without in the cabinet. Glad you enjoyed it.

G

Interesting nose in that it is not as intricate as I'd have expected from a port finish. You can definitely get the fruity tones, but not quite as strong as I'd have expected. Very smooth smell, but well aware that it is indeed a whiskey.

The palate is very caramely. A caramelized caramel? I get the mint out of it, but only slightly, and more as a finish, IMO. Not too harsh, but it is not the smoothest that I have ever had. Strong fruit flavors from the port, no doubt. A lot of berry flavors and a detectable amount of lemon or a more sour citrus, that is to say, not orange. Maybe a grapefruit without the bitter? Is this what people are attributing the mint flavors to?

The finish begins with a strong single malt normalcy. After a second or two, the citrus/berry flavors break through for a nice undertone to breathing. The caramel lingers for minutes.

Welcome to the fold, thanks for the review. I have a bottle in my cabinet and I'll be sure to contrast with your experience when I open it. Cheers!

@JJBoud

I recently purchased a "gift box" of Glenmorangie which included the Original, Lasanta, Quinta Ruban, and Nectar D'or. The stand-out for me was the Quinta Ruban so I thought I would write a review of it.

Nose: The original is clearly still making a showing. It's a clean aroma of salted honey. Pistachios and a touch of cocao powder. The port influence is obvious, at least when tasted next to the original as I did.

Palate: Port wood screams at you. I love it! The mouth feel is bigger and oilier than the others, a big plus in my book. Is there such a thing as dark caramel? That's what I taste. NUTS! pistachio and cashew. Delicious! A little salt mixes just fine.

Finish: Glenmo. It stays sweet and nutty, one of my favorite things to taste in whisky. Not very long but very satisfying. It lets you get to another sip that much quicker.

Overall: Just love this one. I'm beginning to see that I love the clean flavors, as in not to earthy. It is just light and sweet enough to compliment the beginning or the end of a meal. I was expecting to like the Nectar D'or the most out of the range but surprise! Here comes Ruban!

Great review. One of my favorites, especially around the holidays!

Thanks for the review. This is an outstanding whisky.

h

This is my favorite of the 12 year Glenmorangie wine finishes.

The nose is not too complex but there are definite notes of fresh berries (the port wood influence no doubt), raisins, and an undertone of the Glenmorangie malted sweetness.

The palate is where this scotch really excels; it is full, rich, and juicy. Rasberries and some floral notes come out with a hint of black licorice. I even get some sherry and fruit juice.

The finish has some spice and at fist seems to disappear quickly, however, after a few seconds the fruit juice and berries return and linger for quite a long finish.

Very well-balanced and very delicious. I have not tried the previous Glemnorangie port finished whisky and have heard many say that one was better but the Quinta Ruban is one I plan to always keep around.

@novicedrinker

For a novice drinker who is starting to develope a taste for whiskey, I have to say that Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban suits quite well. Smooth and mellow and not a strong impact on the nose. Feel just right.

After a couple of more tries, I still feel the Glenmorangie QR still feels smoother and creamier than any that I had tried. Good.

@Davy

The nose is dominated by the dark fruitiness of port with a foundation of syrupy French toast. Take a sip and you get lots of brown sugar & cinnamon, with warm citrus notes of blood orange. A thick & creamy mouthfeel gives way to a long, dusky, and luxurious finish -- like jazz in a smoky back room.

@AKGcandlefish

Color: rose-tinted gold.

Nose: light, floral and fruity. Grapes, apricots, and pears.

Body: medium.

Palate: Oak, vanilla, fruit cocktail, amaretto, and nutmeg.

Finish: honey and cinnamon, but relatively short.

I've bought this port-finished malt a couple of times but have never really taken the time to savor it. It has a wonderful taste, but like The Original, it is a little underwhelming in the nose and the finish. Definitely worth trying if you enjoy a fruity whiskey.

@MaltActivist

What an absolute corker this one is!

I recently had the 10 year old Glenmorangie on which this port finish version is based and, I tell you, it was an absolute pleasure. So this expression, with it's added maturity and consequent complexity, is a must have in any budding bar.

The nose is strong and sugary and the ripe bananas make me feel like I'm on a paradise island in the Caribbean. There is the smell of fresh grass, coconuts hanging from the trees and a mound of glistening grapes in the sun. In the very distant background is the wafting smell of a juicy meat stew emanating from one of the nearby wooden shacks that dot the beach.

The dry palate is oaky goodness on a slice of burnt toast. The red grapes try and come out in full force only to be subdued a massive cinnamon jolt. The spices, though, balance marvelously with the sweeter flavors and make for a strong and robust impression.

The long finish is like opening a cupboard full of cloves, aniseed, almonds, and dark fruits. I love it!

I'm sure the Balvenie 21 Port Wood is great but at approx $170 a bottle, the Quinta Ruban's under $50 price makes it a wonderful choice for those of us who must be more thrifty minded. In any event, I have recently been able to obtain the predecessor for the QR, i.e, the Glenmorangie 12 year Port Wood (43% ABV) and it's quite good as well, if you can still find it.

This is one of my favourites too. It is the only port finish whisky I have tried, but I find the the two flavours complement each other wonderfully. I've got my third bottle coming tomorrow.

@McGrain

The more alcohol the better, right? Up until a certain point anyway - but the larger the alcohol content the more likely I am personally to add water. That's no bad thing, i like to drink whisky both ways, but I prefer not to be, you know, bullied into it.

Quintan Ruban from Glenmorangie stands at 46% but has the delicate bones of a songbird.

Nose: It puts me in the mind of mulled wine - fruit berries, oak, with a sugared sweetness, liquid chocolate, and a hint of coconut?

Mouth:Cooked apples first, burnt away by a warming surge towards something a little more earthy with a balancing kick of spices.

After: That warmth, and this really is a hearth whisky, burns on through the sip to a chocolate rush accompanied by orange according to mos serious critics, but I don't get that, just a lovely whisky rush and lashings of chocolate balanced by polite, fragile rushings of spice.

It's like being happily and lengthily married: comes up sweet and smiling, works through a long series of subtle changes before a delicious final bonding between the two parties, introducing that lasting final act.

@Victor

Glenmorangie Port Wood finished Quinta Ruban reviews have been all over the map, good, middling, and bad. The reviewed bottle has been open for 19 months. The review is of the current bottle, with comments made as to how it got to the present state

Nose: fragrant port wine flavours, sweet, with a decent dry balance. Wine, malt, and very light peat are apparent. At this point this is great, and has gotten more intensely fragrant with some oxidation

Taste: Whoa! Jekyll and Hyde! This bottle of whisky was for almost a full year just a mishmash of flavours which did NOT jell together into anything coherent or good-tasting. Somewhere around 11-12 months after the bottle was opened this became coherent and delicious. It has stayed that way since. Delicious port wine flavours, good malt,light peat, mellow, and adequate wood support

Finish: nowadays, this is a very good finish, albeit with just a slight touch of sour over-oxidation added. Long finish, with the wine and malt combo going a long pleasant distance

Balance: this is a nice whisky since it has come together. Prior to that coming together this bottle of Quinta Ruban just didn't work at all for me. I would have rated this whisky 68 pts for 11 months. Scores for this review are for now, with 4 pts deducted from the balance score for having to wait a year for it. Whiskies like this pose a big question: would I really like to buy another bottle of something that I might not enjoy for a year's time? Probably not

@vanPelt, I am of course always interested to hear of your ongoing experiment with your bottle of Quinta Ruban.

Thus far I cannot say that I've observed the same pattern with other Port finished whiskies. The huge degree of change which can occur in some whiskies after the bottle is opened seems rather mysterious to me, mostly because it is so variable from whisky to whisky, and also often from batch to batch.

Quinta Ruban is also especially mysterious to me because so many people like it right away after they have opened the bottle and do not have the same experience with it that I/we have had.

Victor, I decided to try the experiment. Despite a poor first experience with samples of this, I respect Glenmorangie enough (and your feedback) to give a second chance, to a bottle of this now.

How full should the bottle be for the 11 months? I've taken just 2 drams out... (And forced it down, for the sake of science.) So, to be continued.... in 1 year!

@SquidgyAsh

So my wife and I were in our whisky and chocolate pairing at the local whisky bar, Helvetica. We'd just tried a pairing of Dalwhinnie 15 yr old and honeycomb, which had been absolutely brilliant and were eagerly looking forward to the next tasting.

Now this tasting was of Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban and mint chocolate.

I was really looking forward to this combination as I've had several different Glenmorangies, specifically the Astar and Nectar D'or, before and thought they were absolutely brilliant whiskies.

Never having tried the Quinta Ruban I was quite eager to taste it and see how it compared.

So our lovely hostess brings out the tasting tray that has the remaining whiskies and the chocolates to be tasted with them.

Yum!!

So my wife and I take our tasting glasses with the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban's and decide to try the new whisky!

This is no Astar or Nectar D'or, that's immediately clear!

The smells are overwhelming of port, with some floral notes mixed in with other fruits. The closest I can come with the fruits are pears and grapes mixed with honey and vanilla, but I'm left feeling that I'm missing something.

It's a complex nose, but somehow disappointing. I'm not sure why, maybe it's just because of the setting in the bar instead of at home. Like I said I feel like I'm missing something here in the nose and I'm not sure yet, so note to self come back to this whisky at another time and place!

I then decide that it's time that I have whisky in my mouth!

It's SIPPIN TIME!

So just like with the first whisky and chocolate my plan is to try the whisky with as clean a palate as I can manage then try it again with the chocolate.

So I sip from my glass and immediately taste some cocoa notes along with pears, cocoa, hints of mint, raisins, lots of spices, some more fruits that I can't identify, but partway through the tasting the whisky does a 180 and turns almost bitter with wine and tannins.

The finish is of medium length with oak, vanilla, and honey coming down with the spices, but a bit of that wine flavor coming through and distracting from what could have been a lovely finish.

Now it's time for the whisky and chocolate!

So I take a sip of the whisky and take a bite out of the chocolate mint and you can immediately see what the thought of this pairing was, the mint and cocoa in the whisky combining with the mint and chocolate along with maybe the honey.

Now this is a good combination of chocolate and whisky, but for some reason doesn't wow like the Dalwhinnie and the honeycomb did. That pairing just burst into your mouth and you were left in awe.

This pairing is good, but not great.

The whisky score is posted down below and the chocolate and whisky combo score sits at a comfortable 75.

@markjedi1

This new version of the port finished Glenmorangie is botteled at 46% ABV (the old Port Wood Finish at only 43% ABV). I tasted them side by side. This one is a little darker, but you probably know that does not mean a thing.

It is much sweeter and rounder on the nose with toffee and crème brûlée, wood berries, pears and mandarin. Nothing sour in this case, which is a relief. A touch floral. Silky soft.

On the palate it is almost creamy and very sweet: pear syrup, pineapple, mandarin. Feisty with some good allspice. But midpalate, the wine suddenly rears its ugly head in full force, making you pull an ugly face. Too vinous. Pity.

The finish, which is short, bursts with oak and some sugared mandarin.

This is a vast improvement over the old version, but still not a top class dram. About 45 EUR.

@Vinodiuz

The Quinta Ruban from the great Glenmorangie. For me 'a Balanced whiksy' with a lot of great and fantastic flavours, full of surpises. Here the review:

Nose: Crushed After-Eights chocolate with mint on ice, bit spicy with sandlewood and nutmeg. Crisp and menthol influences. Very nice.

Taste: Minty, oranges, lighty chocolate flavours and nuts like almonds and hazelnuts. Balanced with flowers and honey.

Finish: long, fruity and sweetness of oranges drenched in chocolate fondue.

a Nice dram with different elements of fruit, mint and chocolate.

@talexander

This is the 2nd review in this series (previous review was Grant's, which I don't think had ever been reviewed on this site before...weird). This whisky was fine but not completely to my taste. In the glass, it is medium bodied with a reddish amber colour (owing to the extra maturation in port casks). The aroma hints at, unsurprisingly, port but there is a menthol there as well. Similar taste with cocoa, licorice and actually solvent (it's a high 46% ABV). Medium smoky finish as befits a good Highland single malt. As I noticed with the CC Sherry Cask, I don't think I'm big on the wine/sherry/port finishing of the whiskies. It's fine - I certainly don't hate it - but I think I like my whisky, whisky and my grape juice, grape juice.

@tabendar

Very complex Glenmorangie with hints of grape, fruit, and spice. A touch of oak that is overpowered by barely but sweet and juicy all the way through the finish. The port barrel finish adds wonderfully to the typical Glenmorangie.

@Anonymous

I like my scotch full of smoked peaty notes...Laprhoaig-ish if you will, when I received this Glenmorangie as a xmas gift I was concerned it wouldnt meet my smoked standards... but it stood up smashed me with a sweet honey/maple nose.... mid ranged me with raisins and fig from the port casks I'm guessing, and left my tonsils languishing in smokey peat "Heat" ... top notch bottle .. each sip is a great ride...the dried fruit middle is innovative but it works ... go get a bottle me lud!

You are definitely right that this Glenmo is a great ride! It is nice, sweet, and dangerously smooth for a 12 year old. Hard to believe it is bottled at 46%. When I drank this, I picked up the chocolate mint taste along with sweet sweet candied oranges! A great value for the price.

Totally agree with this review, and this bottle has become one of my favorites alongside Laphroaig :P

@jwise

Nose: Vanilla, honey, and a very similar aroma as the older Port Wood Finish Glenmorangie. No peat, no smoke, but that semi-sweet hint of port. Very nice nose.

Body: Smooth. Rich. Medium bodied.

Palate: Very lively in the mouth. Spices coming out. Nice flavor on the tongue. Not sure what to call it. Perhaps apricot jam?

Finish: A nice finish, pretty long. A bit acidic/tannic. That I could do without. Perhaps this is from the 46% ABV?

All in all, not a great dram. It is good, and I could drink it all night on someone else's dime, but for my money I'll look elsewhere. I think I would grade this above the Lasanta, however, but under the older Port Wood Finish. The PW had such a fantastic finish, which this whisky just doesn't have.

Perhaps this whisky needed to age some more. There is a bitterness at the end of the finish that puts me off.

I agree about There " a bitterness at the end of the finish that puts me off."

@WhiskyNotes

Nose: instant notes of pears poached in wine. Tangerine and cinnamon. Hints of raspberry and pink grapefruit. Angelica fruit cake with a few floral hints. Not far away from the sherry version. Quite good, but again a bit ‘designed’.

Mouth: sweet and sugary with milk chocolate and molasses. More spices than the other wine finishes (cinnamon and cloves). Not really expressive and definitely too winey overall.

Finish: dying really soon, quite noticeable compared to the others. Oranges and dry oak.

Yeah, I agree. This would be a good whisky to bring someone into the fold, especially if they are a bit of a wine drinker. It's also easy to drink, and (relatively) cheap. So it's good if you wanted a bottle for a 'session' of drinking.

But yeah, it's a little disappointing.

I like it. Complex and smooth. A nice sweetness from the port, a great one for the Session as JD said.

@jdcook

The second of the three malts purchased recently during my trip up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia!

According to all the PR blurb on the bottle and the box, this dram is finished in port barrels, and it really shows through in the nose. A definite port taste is there beneath everything. Over the top come notes of black current, red grapes, caramel, new leather and gentle tobacco. Really pleasant and quite complex.

The taste is much like the nose, with the port-like base over which come the same black current and red grapes, caramel, leather and tobacco, but the taste is also richer and creamier. The taste carries much more muscle than the smell (which is hardly anaemic). A really decent meaty whisky.

The finish is just a shade disappointing, not by taste, but by length. Initially very caramelly, this fades leaving port, black current and leather as the dominating notes. But, as good as the finish tastes, within two minutes my palate is basically clear.

So what do you do with a meaty rich dram that doesn't have a long finish? Well, I remember once doing a beer tasting with some representatives from Lion Nathan (a pretty big beer conglomerate in Australia), and they talked about some beers being 'session' beers. Which meant they were beers you drank when you were sitting down to have a beer drinking session. So they were meaty drinking beers. This is the whisky equivalent. Lot's of character, plenty of flavour, but hard to keep in your hand for more than about 15 or so minutes -the kind of whisky you drink when you sit down with two or three mates to polish off a bottle in a couple of hours. A proper 'session' whisky.

I had a glass of this last night at the local out here in my village. Very smooth and complex. Top drop and the one turned into 3. Defo goes in the session basket JD. Nice review.

Thanks! I've shared this one with friends when we wanted to have a few good whiskies over a cigar. Definitely a drinking dram!

@dXIIIr

'Though the finish of the standard Glenmorangie 10y didn't quite meet my expectations, its initial aroma more than tickled my senses.

This kept me from losing interest in the brand, and when I came across ths Quinta Ruban it immediately caught my attention.

The colour of the dram - and to be honest also the name - really attracted me and before I knew it I had baught a bottle.

The first nosing confirmed my thoughts: a tingling full sweetness of red dried fruits let the port shine through. It's actually more complex, but it's quite difficult to make a clear summary.

The dram is medium bodied, rather sweetish, but this perfectly in balance with the alcohol. Hints of raisins and/or other dry fruit, and even tobacco.

Other than the original, this Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban's aftertaste tends to linger quite long. It's warming with impressions of nuts and tobacco on top of the fruit.

This is definitely on my wish-list. Good review...

Glenmo's are top on my list and this one is right behind the 18yr for me (With the Nectar D'or in the far lead). @jdcook - do yourself a favor and buy a bottle of the Quinta Ruban - STAT!

@GhostWorks

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!

It opens with a veluptous nose of of creamy pastry and deep orange, grape blossom ( from port cask). Mouth feel is medium with a light oily touchy that hangs for a while followed by a palate that opens vanilla, orange, some light oaky tannins, and a nice burn of port finishing. This one benefits from a few drops of water to open it up, just a few, albeit I like the "gentle burn" of a nice scotch...reminds you of the years it has seen aging and the tremendous skill involved in creating such a heavenly liquid libation! The "port" finishing adds a nice flavor to this, that is notably different than the typical " sherry" finishing that is so prevalent at the moment. I had a nice long finish that provides a warm embrace on a cold night. I had to put my Dalmore, Balvenie and Macallan 12 yrs to a head on with this one....jury still out. Actually the better comparison would be my all time favorite Glendronach 12 yr...more to follow

The current Glenmorangie range of non-age specific bottlings appears to have hit a good note with a lot of people. I've had the Astar myself - and it was genuinely awesome, even the 10-year old original is excellent. The Quinta Rubin, along with the Nectar D'or are definitely on my 'must try' list.

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