Glenmorangie 12 yr Quinta Ruban

Glenmorangie 12 yr Quinta Ruban

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!

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Glenmorangie 12 year Quinta Ruban

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.

2 thoughts on “Glenmorangie 12 yr Quinta Ruban

  1. Terry Schell

    Jerry –
    Wonderful and Informative! Really appreciate the “insight” and Review. I am posting this on my FB sight for Friends to read and hopefully, enjoy, as well!

    1. jerrydmann

      Thanks for the kind words Terry. I’m glad you found it informative. I hope your friends find it informative and enjoyable as well.

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