Glenmorangie is one of the best selling single malts in the world. The company was purchased by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (who also own Ardbeg) in 2004. In line with the parent companies image it was rebranded to help it appeal to a more luxury market.
Glenmorangie have several different expressions with various different wood finishes. This particular one has been aged for 10 years in standard ex-bourbon casks and spent an additional 2 years maturing in a port pipe (imagine a longer than usual barrel with tapered ends)
Glenmorangie 12 y.o Quinta Ruban 46% abv (available here)
The nose is sweet and intensely fruity with elements of raisins and sweet black tea. The palate starts with dark fruits with notes of vanilla pods and toasted oak. Cereal hints turn in to something reminiscent of red grape and the faintest touch of soft brown sugar. The finish is balanced, sweet and satisfying with hints of mildly salty dark chocolate leaving a pleasant and sweet dryness in the mouth.
It’s worth noting that it’s at the slightly higher 46% abv so it’s got that little alcohol kick behind its fruity sweetness. Adding a few drops of water does nothing to the nose but does open up the fruity nature of this particular whisky.
Overall this is a fantastic whisky and one of my current favourites. Flavoursome and challenging enough with just the right amount of punch behind it. For the price you would be hard pressed to find an equal. Highly recommended. I do however wonder if it’s a natural colour or has had something added as it does seem very, very dark. If anyone can shed light on this, please do get in touch..