Glenmorangie: “Perfected by the Sixteen Men of Tain.” Holding the bottle and reading this phrase I almost get a chill – it feels like I’m holding a piece of history in my hands. And the Sixteen Men of Tain would be its guardians, much like the Nights Templar. In reality, it’s not quite that glamorous…they’re the men of Tain because Tain is where the distillery is located (and I imagine they would find me quite silly). Glenmorangie is a highland distillery, and has the “tallest stills in Scotland.” That’s your bit of trivia for this review. Now on to business.
Quinta Ruban is part of a trio of whiskies known as the Extra-Matured range, along with its siblings Lasanta and Nectar d’Or. Each is the same base whisky aged for 10 years in American oak before being transferred into a different barrel: port casks for Quinta, Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks for Lasanta, and Sauternes wine barriques for Nectar d’Or.
The color is a deep gold, with a slight rosy tint depending on how you hold the glass. I did add three drops of water to it just to open it up a little. The aroma is complex: I get citrus, with some spicy, woody notes. Also slightly nutty…reminiscent of baklava for some strange reason. The taste is surprisingly mellow compared to the smell, and starts off sweet and slightly oaky. There are hints of an almost chocolate-mint flavor towards the finish. Very soft and velvety (I “borrowed” that from their own description, but I agree with it completely). It coats the mouth and lingers with a pleasant warmth that intensifies for a moment before migrating to the chest and finally dissipating.
|Look, you can see its legs…|
It’s a very satisfying experience when it’s all said and done. Of the various Scotches I’ve tasted, it’s difficult to pick one that stands out as “better” than the others (I generally appreciate them all for their differences), but this one is among my favorites. If I could bottle that smell, I would turn it into aftershave and make my man wear it.