Glenmorangie 12 Years Old Nectar D’Or

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (46%, OB, 2nd Edition, Sauternes Finish, 2011)

  • 46% ABV, £35-£40 for 70cl
  • Score: 82/100

What they say:

Great to see French casks that actually complement a whisky – so rare! An exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing” – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010

It is here, in hand selected wine barriques from Sauternes: the most famous and ancient sweet wine growing region of France, that this whisky develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavours. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Aroma: Lime and orange rind, sultanas and dates give a rich fruity flavour laced with tantalising spices of coconut and nutmeg.

Taste: Ginger, nutmeg and toasted almonds bring a deep, warming taste interwoven with a syrupy lemon meringue and honeycomb middle.

Finish: Long and lusciously sweet finish with lemon zest, white chocolate, vanilla and traces of ginger and nutmeg.

Colour: Honeyed gold


What I say:

The second dram from the Glenmorangie Pioneering collection was the Nectar D’Or, essentially 10 Years Old finished in French Sauternes Dessert Wine Barriques.


Peachy gold


Lemon citrus, limoncello, sour followed by honey sweet, lemon sauce (like Cantonese lemon chicken), leafy and honey


Less silky than the Glenmorangie 10 Year old this has more of a watery then syrupy texture in the mouth, full of lemon-puff biscuits, lemon cream and cereal barley, tarte aux poires avec crème anglais (pear tart and vanilla custard – sounds much tastier in French)


Drying and sweet, a little astringency, and a lemony citrus that is ascerbic almost to the point of acetic at the end

Would I buy it again:

I’m not sure, there are plenty of nice elements in this but overall too sweet and sour for my tastes. Unusual as I usually surprise myself with how much I warm to Sauternes finished whiskies. I’d rather save my money and opt for the Glenmorangie 10 Years Old over the Nectar D’Or.orangie nectar d’or

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