The final expression in my mini vertical review of Glenmorangies is the Quinta Ruban. This expression is also aged at 12 years old and bottled at 46%. This has been matured in ex bourbon casks for 10 years and then finished in Port Pipes for a further 2 years. I have tried this one before too, albeit about 10 years ago but I am unable to recall exactly what it was like. Anyhow, my most recent experience of Port finished whiskies has not been great, Angel’s Envy being the one that immediately comes to mind, although that is a bourbon. I am not sure what to expect from this one.
Whisky: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%
Nose: Warm spice, leather, oak, butterscotch, sawdust, cinnamon, syrup
Taste: Syrup, cloves, chilli, mulled orange juice, dark chocolate
Finish: Dark chocolate, pepper
Summary: I was not expecting not to like this one at all but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I needed a decent drop of water with this because the nose and taste was too concentrated and all I was getting was a generic syrup sweetness – but not too sweet. Spice dominates this along with dark chocolate. The nose offers more variety but the taste does not. Dark chocolate and pepper dominate towards the end and finish and then every sip after is much of the same. This is not a bad single malt, just one dimensional. I would score it lower but then it is saved a bit by the traditional Glenmorangie spiced orange note and delicateness.
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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