During a particularly wise and lucid moment at our most recent SWC meeting, I noted to the guys a bit of an evolution in my whisky hobby. In the early days, my buying focus centered on what new things I could taste, both for curiosity and palate development reasons. The particularly obvious attribute of this mindset is that it is quite expensive. The longer the you go, the more theoretically you can spend, assuming you start with the cheap bottles. Enough time goes by and this search will prove unsustainable. So my confession to my fellow members was simply thus: these days I spend my time & budget just sticking to what I know and love with the occasional never before tried bottle buy. This just seems to be where I am at.
Like me, most of the guys in the club plus a number of other whisky acquaintances I know would peg Glenmorangie’s Quinta Ruban 12 as one of those dependable “I just buy what I know I like” kind of bottles. From the day I tried it until now, it is still quite good. And I should say, when I taste QR it is not so much Scotch orthodoxy than it is a single malt indulgence. The port finish, in my opinion, dominates the house character. But hey, I don’t really care that much. It’s just where I am in my whisky hobby. A few particulars…
Glenmorangie takes their 10 year old single malt and further finishes it for two years in ruby port pipes, 600L tapered casks that previously held the fortified produce of dessert wine from Portugal. Bottled at a nice 46% ABV, this single malt is one of three finished Glenmorangies in the 12 year range, the others being LaSanta and Nectar D’or. On to it….
Nose- The port wine is weak here. Just kidding. Full of winter berries, dark fruits and currant. Lemon, almost. Peppermint and figs. Big. Toffee sweet.
Taste- Sweet and thick, much like me. Chewy port, rich sugar and cereal. Cloying.
Finish- Long, fruity and quite sweet.
Comment- Still works for us, after all these years. The price has gone up a bit on our whisky boom, but it is still worth the price of admission. Recommended.
SWC Rating- 88/100