We tried this particular expression at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting. The Quinta Ruban is one of the general release official bottlings from Glenmorangie. According to their website, this whisky spent “10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal”. They also state that no chill filtration was performed on the whisky. So ten years in ex-bourbon and two years in ex-port which is a similar maturation breakdown to the Lasanta (except that the Lasanta was in ex-sherry). In fact, you can think of the Quinta Ruban and Lasanta as the Original but with an extra 2 years maturation in a different cask. I mean to a certain extant. So it’s actually quite a neat experiment and really highlights the effect that finishing has on a whisky. As we did at the WOLS tasting, it would be a good exercise to go through the Glenmorangie core range to understand the kind of flavours you get from each cask type. I mean if you are that geeky about whisky..
Age: 12 Years Old
Cask: (From their website) 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.
Nice deep sweetness of dango sauce. That sugary soy based glaze. Coca cola glaze.
Really ripe bursting with sweetness, fruit like plums and figs. Dark fruits. Plum tarts. Cinnamon. Blackberries. Currants. Tons of dark super ripe fruit sweetness.
Swirling deep aromas in the mouth with dark sweetness and cola bitterness.
A very good dram for brooding and contemplating what remains of the day. Loads of deep sweet character that draws you in. Definitely worth a try and a good introduction to ex-port cask aged whiskies. Definitely not as “pungent” as other port cask aged whiskies which will make this more acceptable to a wider audience.