Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is, like the Lasanta and Nectar d’Or, aged for 10 years in American white-oak casks. They probably use the same whisky that goes into the 10-year “Original”, which is aged in a combination of first- and second-fill ex-bourbon barrels. This is followed by a 2-year dip in port pipes imported from the “quintas” or port-producing wine estates of Portugal.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is bottled at the perfect strength and is not chill-filtered. This, or the Lasanta, is pretty much a must for any value-conscious malt drinker’s cabinet.
Nose: The port finish comes through as a bouquet of fruit aromas. While not specifically smelling like port, the malt has elements of fresh grapes, raisins, cherries and so on. The fruit character is fresher and more tart than the sticky, dried-fruit profile of sherry ageing. Some vanilla oak underlies but does not compete with the fruit. Well-balanced, refreshing, and thankfully not cloying.
Palate: Medium bodied, with initial aspects of caramel or nougat. A tad on the burny side. The fruit is fainter but more reminiscent of ruby port.
Finish: Medium-long. Caramel again, and marshmallow. The fruit returns only as a faint candy coating as the whole fades into mild barrel char.
Overall: Port finishing is not common, but is always a welcome pairing for a single malt, especially one as well-suited to cask manipulation as Glenmorangie. Unlike other port finishes, Quinta Ruban is priced to be accessible. While it cannot compete with, some other port-finish for complexity, it’s a mere fraction of the price of a others.
Awards for Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
- Double Gold – Single Malt Scotch – to 12 Yrs – 2013 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2017 – IWSC
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2014 – IWSC
- Silver – Distillers’ Single Malts 12 years and under – 2014 – International Spirits Challenge
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2013 – IWSC
- Silver – Highlands & Islands up to 12yo – 2013 – The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Quote 1 “A very classy drink. Very smooth, superb once opened for a month or so. Sweet, balanced, mature. A staple in my collection. Great mouthfeel, slightly prefer to Lasanta but both very good indeed”
Quote 2 “The Quinta Ruban is really something else, which influences of red wine go well along with that kind of creamy, chewy oak. With a few drops of water, you get much more out of the nose as well. An amazing whisky indeed!”
Quote 3 “You get what you pay for in life. And at almost double what I can buy regular Glenmorangie for on rollback at the local supermarket this could be perceived as a tad pricy but after trying it, all that goes out of the window. It’s a smooth and tasty dram, well worth the price. I won’t repeat what others say about the nose and palate coz it’s all true – truly a lovely drink”