Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Review
On my last trip I purchased a bottle of this single malt scotch whisky. Since I’ve always enjoyed the offerings from Glenmorangie, and I had not tried this one yet, it was an easy decision.
Starting with their brand symbol, you know Glenmorangie means business. They chose the Cadboll Stone as an inspiration for their brand. They describe it as a ‘treasure’ possessing ‘intricate carvings’. I tend to agree. When I saw it for the first time it struck me as highly detailed, bold, and masterful statement. It could not be better depicted as by a video they released. This video follows two Master Craftsmen with distinctly different disciplines who Glenmorangie commissioned to bring their symbol to life. Check it out below:
The tallest stills in all of Scotland
This is an accomplishment that Glenmorangie has been able to hold for over 167 years. Their stills are 16ft 10-1/4 inches (5.14 metres), this is as stall as a fully grown Giraffe! They claim that their great height allows the collection of only the purest and lightest vapors which make for a smoother and more elegant whisky. Below is what they look like. The photo is from their site.
After adding a splash of water into this relatively younger whisky, it really opens up its wonderful bouquet (aroma). The aroma you sense is slightly floral with a bit of citrus.
If you’re not familiar with the practice of adding water to your whisky, you should try it. I don’t typically add water to my whisky except after my first tasting of it. When you add water it mellows the whisky by slightly diluting its alcoholic potency. This prevents or at least minimizes the numbing effect the stronger whiskys can have on your tongue. Thus allowing you to taste more of the whisky.
Its color is a deep copper. The taste follows suit to its tangy aroma. You can taste hints of orange tamed by a nutty sweet flavor. For a 12 year old it is peculiarly smooth and complex. This is perhaps due to the fact that Glenmorangie used Port casks to finish this whisky. The Finish (aftertaste) is long lasting and delicious.
If you’re a fan of Glenmorangie, you can quickly tell who crafted this whisky.
You can find the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban at 750ml for about $49.99 USD. This whisky tastes way above its price point. For those looking for a slightly sweet whisky with a hint of citrus, I’d recommend this Glenmorangie offering.