Tasting whisky at our best friend Stefan’s house is like stepping into a time machine. He buys bottles, he forgets about them and then he buys new ones. We gladly empty our bottles to make room for new ones, but Stefan soon has to expand his house to store all of his bottles. Just kidding, we do the emptying for him.
All joking aside, it’s pretty fun to taste bottles we ‘grew up with’. One of these whiskies is Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. Stefan had a period of buying mostly port matured scotch. Glad we never went through that phase, because we’re not really into port maturations/finishes. Some great exceptions aside, that must be said.
This Glenmorangie is 12 years old, bourbon cask matured and got an extra maturation on port casks, it’s bottled at 46% ABV:
Through the alcohol burn (pretty surprising for a 46% ABV), we get some sweet notes and wood. There’s a nice note of dried apples though.
Smooth, with rounded oaky notes and a peppery sweetness.
Spicy and peppery, with vanilla, citrus and wood, there’s a slight hint of grapes.
Underwhelming, sadly. I guess Stefan would have to empty this bottle himself ;)