Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Malt Mission 2008 #283

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Highland Single Malt Whisky

46% abv

$79.25 (CAD)
$62 (USD)

This is one of the three new Glenmorangies that replaced the old WOOD FINISH range (see them and other Glenmorangies had on the mission HERE). The new line is called EXTRA-MATURED. I have heard folks complain about their new prices, but I simply don't find such whining justifiable. Whisky deserves a premium price, especially premium whisky. Their names and new packaging have also been the victim of much criticism, and on these points, the critics might have a point. Or points. Or whatever.

I like the new bottles. I like the new packaging. Do I like the new liquids? We'll find out over the next few days. Thanks to Annabel et al for sending them along.


Oranges, apricot, sweet summery fruit, very lively. Perfumy, too, like sandalwood and fruity shampoo.

Hard and a little bit citrus-y, verging on acidic, but there is a fluffy element like marshmallows or meringue that balance those impressions. So hard but velvety. Strange. Waxy with a bit of white pepper with candied orange. Long fresh finish, peppery or minty.


Not one to nose too deeply, this one prickles according to my friends IM and MW with whom I tasted this whisky. I liked the higher abv (the old expressions were 43% and chill-filtered). Very pleasant, complex, challenging, but I have had this in different situations and liked it much more than I did at this particular tasting. Still a cool box, I think, whatever my mood.

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1 comment:

Bowly said...

I enjoyed this one quite a bit as well. At the time I purchased it, I didn't realize it was the replacement line. I didn't make notes, but I do recall it being complex yet smooth.