Hello again and time for some more tasting notes. I noticed that I hadn’t published any tastings in a while, so I thought it’s about time for another one. I hope you enjoy this one from Glenmorangie just as much as I did.
This whisky is from Glenmorangie from the Highlands. Now, I’ve heard a little bit of debate on how it’s pronounced. I’ve read, and heard explained, the correct way to pronounce it. When I heard the distillers saying the name on Whiskycast, I knew that I was saying it correctly. If you want to settle this debate, you’ve got to wait until the end of this post!
This bottle is called the Quinta Ruban- a combination of Portuguese and Gaelic words; loosely translated Wine Estates, Ruby. This refers to the finishing of this whisky. 12 years in oak casks and then finished in ruby port pipes from Portugal. It’s bottled at a nice 46% abv, which is really good in my book!
Let’s pour out a dram shall we?
On pouring it out, it is a very dark amber; reflective of the port cask maturation. It’s very clear. On swirling it in the glass, there is a very thin coat ring and very little beading.
The nose is immediately sweet (if that’s a smell) with a mild oak notes. There are deeper notes of caramel and chocolate, and just a touch of vanilla. There is a hint of leather also. There are also notes of coffee and honey. Though this is bottled at 46%, there aren’t heavy spirit notes.
Tasting it without water is a real joy. There are immediate sweet notes with just a hint of spirit. It’s what people call smooth. There are notes of chocolate, green apple, lemon, lemon peel, and notes of port.
Nosing the dram after a few drops of water exposes some notes of rich oils and cream. There caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes are enhanced. I also noticed a bit of tamarind.
Sipping the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban with water brings out more of the citrus notes. I also noticed some pepper- like a green pepper… maybe jalapeno? Maybe bell pepper or capsicum? There was also a mild apple note. The chocolate notes still lingers. There is also a touch of port at the back of the tongue.
The finish is long, velvety smooth. It’s crisp, clean and astringent on the tongue. Kind of a paradox. There are lingering notes of port and some fruit in the finish. Just lovely.
Friends, before I give you my final thoughts, I just want to say thank you so much for reading my posts. It means a lot to me. If you really like it, I ask that you share this with your friends that may enjoy a dram or are looking to learn about whisky just as I am. Okay… now onto the rest of the post.
I give this dram a 95 out of 100! I think Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is a great and enjoyable dram. It’s an easy drinking, smooth dram that you can enjoy with friends, or alone after a long day, or even with a cigar. I personally felt it really opened up after a few minutes with a few drops of water. The port notes were very obvious for me, but not the most exciting in my opinion. What I really enjoyed were the coffee notes. It was a pleasant surprise for me… reminding me of a very casual coffee house setting… inviting you to sit down and relax- maybe even with a cigar.
So how do you pronounce Glenmorangie? Can you say orange? There you go…
With this I will turn this page of the dMann’s Whisky Notebook. I would like this to develop into something that will allow you to get ‘in the know’ regarding whisky. I hope to come up with some sort of cool tagline that I can close with. But until then, I would like to remind everyone that, those who are in the know, enjoy their whisky responsibly.