Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish
Highland single malt scotch whisky
43% ABV, £3 for 5cl from Glenmorangie Distillery
What they say:
This unique malt whisky has been initially been matured in American oak casks and has then been transferred into casks or ‘pipes’ which have previously contained Port for a further period of maturation.
Colour:- Antique copper: golden, but with a rosey hue.
Nose: With a drop of water, the key aromas are of butterscotch and dark chocolate, but with fresh minty notes and a trace of dryness, like lint. There is some sandalwood here, and citrus fruit – oranges, perhaps tangerine – even a hint of allspice. With a little more water, lighter scents begin to emerge: grass and hay, hazelnuts and candied peel.
Taste: The mouthfeel is voluptuously smooth, like sipping velvet. The entire palate is engaged – a most interesting and complex balance of sweet and dry flavours. The bitter chocolate and the fresh mintiness noted as aromas are apparent. In the satisfying, lingering finish, a hint of port reveals itself for the first time, along with walnuts.
Finish: A remarkable whisky, perfect after a good meal or to savour at any time.
What I say:
Another of our finds at Glenmorangie distillery visitor centre was this predecessor to the current Quinta Ruban port finish.
Rose gold amber, medium tears/light trails
Jammy fruits, morello cherry, redcurrant jelly, strawberry and rose jam, raspberry and blackberry conserve, cereal barley malt and heather honey
Smooth, sweet and syrupy jammy red berry fruits, heather honey, cereal barley grist, oaty, Weetabix, returns to blackberry jam
Medium, jelly fruit sweets (Jelly beans), musty oakiness, toffee, earthy.
Looking back we were definitely impressed with the Quinta Ruban, and this older Port finish from the Wood finishes range is on the face of it very similar. This one seemed to a have a little more going on in it? Perhaps this is a result of different quality of port pipes used or perhaps differences in batch sizes between the old range and the new Quinta Ruban? Either way I seem to favour the older over the newer version, and both are very enjoyable whiskies.