Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Added on Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 12:20 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $65 Availability: Wide
In late 2007, this replaced Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish -- essentially, this was supposed to be the same thing in new packaging.  But the ABV went up by 3 points, plus now it's unchillfiltered.  And where'd the age statement go?  We hear it's still 12 years, so we're calling it that.  And of course, it's still Port finished.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sweetish nose of honey, malt, and acetone.  Palate is tasty and rather sweet, medium spice, toffee, and some alcohol-y notes.  Palate is medium short.  This is decent and would be much-improved without the detracting alcohol-y stuff... but maybe whatever's causing that is where some of the tastyness comes from as well.  Anyhow, it's decent whisky. 
N: Wood and dried apricots.
P: Weaker and more dry than the previous 12 year version, similar spice but...
F: The higher abv is noticeable and there is something bitter in the finish.  
Obviously when they change to no age statement it means there's some younger whisky in there, and I think that is evident in the finish.  Go for the previous version if it's still around. 

This was port like in many ways, and better than the old port finish, which was good (did a side-by-side).  The new one is richer and darker.  I like it.  Lots of raisins, dates, figs.  Wonderful sweet finish.  Full body for a Glenmorangie.  Made me into a new fan. 

New version of the 12 year Portwood finish.  Now its an NAS.  Doesn't seem younger and more deep in porty/winey grape flavors. Better but still not something I would seek out. 

n: Sort of a spoiled port smell as if left in a glass overnight.  Not strong though.


p:  Falls flat.  Initially no taste and then goes to funk with a twist of lemon.


Can't fix a boring cask with a bad finish, guys. 

Earthy and sweet with dark tea. Winey to start with mushrooms and soy sauce. Lots of wood with warm maple. Salty fin 

n: sweet nose with grape peel, purple cough syrup, butterscotch, and milk chocolate dipped prunes.


t: mix of prune and purple grape juice, more on the sweet side with full dark fruit flavour (figs and plum). Black raisins from a small paper box. Black grape, spice, black raisins. Finishes rising dough (yeast) and a little spice from the wood and prune juice to the very end.

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