Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Scotch Whiskey
Via Flaviar I was able to get a taste of something that would normally cost about $75/bottle. Its got a deeper, brighter brownish red color and its quite pleasant. Reviews online are 95% favorable, and while Scotch Whiskey is not my favorite, this is one I can drink and actually enjoy.
The Specs/Technical Notes:
The Glenmorangie distillery lies just north of Tain on the wind-swept coastline of Easter Ross. The distillery has only 16 workers – two for each of its eight stills. These stills are the tallest found in the Highlands, of the same design as those used in the 1880’s which were actually second-hand gin stills. The owners Macdonald and Muir take great care in cask selection, using US oak from the Osark mountains. The ‘designer hogsheads’ which they began to use in 1995 are now showing dividends in the wonderful Artisan Cask. The distillery uses a hard water source, which is quite unusual.
Color is Sunlit rose gold; Taste is citric, a little spicy with a nutty finish; Body is dark and most intense in the extra-matured range, and has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal; Smell: Dark mint chocolate, tangerines and Seville oranges mingle with sandalwood and walnut before giving way to a spicy finish of pepper and nutmeg; Taste of mint chocolate and walnuts envelop the palate like velvet, laying the foundations for rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges; Finish is long lasting silky aftertaste leaving dark chocolate mints and traces of orange. These notes were borrowed and/or edited from: http://flaviar.com/product/glenmorangie-quinta-ruban-whisky#sthash.p5rV9Msc.dpuf