Tasting note: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (12-year-old, 3rd edition)

Glenmorangie Quinta RubanColor: Mahogany

Nose: Starts out pretty fresh, even a little bit sour. Then sweet grapes come out strong along with plums and dark berries as well as shy vanilla and cocoa aromas that make it interesting.

Taste: Fruity and sweet. Definitely raspberries. Grapes again. It's well worth taking a big sip and keeping the whisky in your mouth for a couple of seconds. Very gentle mouth feel, as is typical for many Glenmorangie whiskies. This one is nicely balanced between grapes and oak. The port finish adds just enough complexity to make it worthwhile yet accessible to those still getting started with single malt whiskies.

Finish: Still fruity but more oak now. A dry taste settles on the palate, the mouth feels oily. The finish is medium in length. Perhaps the finish is a tad weak after the compelling nose and taste, but who wants to nit-pick?

Comments: Complex and very satisfying. The Quinta Ruban stands amongst my favourite Glenmorangies, (almost) up there with the beautiful Signet.

Rating: I rated this whisky 87 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 22, Finish 21, Balance 22)

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Tasting note: Glenmorangie Signet

Glenmorangie SignetColor: Russetmuscat

Nose: Very round indeed, the alcohol not too present, with sherry, cocoa and vanilla. After a couple of minutes in the glass, a first sip and taking a deep breath, a fruity note emerges. Yellow fruits come to mind, more reminiscent of apricot jam than oranges.

Taste: The cocoa smell turns into a milky chocolate taste, with a slight bitterness hinting at cappuccino. More spicy than you would have expected after the sweet smell.

Finish: Long finish with more bitterness, milk chocolate turns into dark chocolate. Oak at the end.

Comments: Elegant presentation with a beautiful bottle design. Taking the price out of the equation this is a wonderful whisky. Well-balanced between creamy sweetness and spiciness. Take a big sip to fully experience its taste.

Rating: I rated this whisky 88 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 22, Finish 21, Balance 22)

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