Description and Review by Daniel & Rex in the Whisk(e)y Vault
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie’s Quinta Ruban replaced the old Port Wood Finish expression a few years ago. Bottled at a higher strength, enhaning the extra grapey sweetness the old expression was famous for.
Producer’s Tasting Notes
Aroma: One sniff and you’re immediately transported to a traditional Christmas dinner party, in a candle-lit dining room with the aroma of just-peeled mandarin oranges and Belgian chocolate mint crisps. Walnut shells have been thrown on the roaring fire where their scent mixes with the lingering aroma of nutmeg from the Christmas pudding and the warm, musky scent of sandalwood that emanates from the wood-panelled room
Now add a splash of water for the party to move to the sitting room where icing sugar-dusted pink cubes of rose-scented Turkish Delight sit on a silver tray next to old-fashioned, mint fondants, crystallised orange segments and candied peel. On a side table, a vase of honeysuckle and geranium lends a clear, aromatic pungency to the air
Taste: A caress of silk velvet on the tongue gives way to a swathe of rich, dark chocolate-enrobed walnuts leaving in their wake the lemony-rose jelly texture of Turkish delight. Then sugar-coated crystallised orange segments emerge, countered by crisp mint chocolate, adding a chiffon like texture
Finish: Lingering memories of dark minty chocolate with the effervescence of orange
Quinta Ruban is Glenmorangie’s port finish. To craft this single malt they specially selected Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal.
Full of winter berries and a touch of port. A good oak and a little cereal hanging in the substratum.
Long and fruity and quite sweet finish.