Review No.194. Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 Year Old

Following on from the review of the Lasanta this is the Nectar D’Or expression of Glenmorangie.  This  expression is aged at 12 years old and bottled at 46%.  I believe this has been matured in ex bourbon casks for 10 years and then finished in Sauternes for a further 2 years.  I have not come across a Sauterne cask finished single malt yet, apart from this one which I tried about 10 years ago but I expect this to be quite sweet and dry. I can’t really remember my experience of this one 10 years ago so am basing my expectations on my experience of other wine cask finished single malts I have tried.  Interestingly, on the official Glenmorangie website they state that this has not been chill filtered in order to keep additional aromas and mouthfeel.  There is some debate about whether chill filtration makes a difference and I have seen some brand ambassadors claim it doesn’t, some claim it does and some avoid the topic altogether (probably because they don’t want to admit that it does make a difference).  Anyway onto this one.


Whisky: Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Orange, citrus, honey, oak, vanilla fudge, dried fruit, pine nuts, cinnamon, pepper

Taste: Concentrated fruit juice, wine gums, roasted almonds, toasted oak, honey, cloves

Finish: Black pepper, dry oak

Score: 3.25

Summary: At first you will be able to smell the resemblance to the 10 year old Original.  Those orange and citrus notes are on the front foot but then with a bit of time some spice begins to evolve.  Much of the same can be said about the taste but the spice becomes more intense and you can start to really see the difference between this and the 10 year old.  I was surprised by how much spice I was getting, particularly pepper and the dryness towards the end.  I would say is like the 10 year old but with a kick of spice and dryness.  More refined spiciness than the Midwinters Night Dram. If you like the 10 year old then it is worth trying this for slight variation on the theme.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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