Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban Port Cask Extra Matured 14 year old
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban is a velvety-textured single malt whisky for confident, colorful, dynamic luxury spirit drinkers who like to take the lead. Maturation in ruby port pipes develops the Quinta Ruban into a voluptuously smooth spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours that engage the entire palate and envelope it in an intriguing balance of smooth velvet and crisp, cooling textures.
The first note is strangely barnyard-y, like a musty cellar or animal barn. This doesn’t fade, but is quickly overtaken by a round, juicy, sweet ruby port note that is somewhere in between candy apple and berry preserves. The two opposing notes combine into balsamic or rancio and balance out.
Medium bodied, almost syrupy. A robust tongue burn brings notes of cinnamon and jalapeno jelly, and then recedes to show sweet dried berries, grape jam, and a dusting of cocoa powder. Tasty.
Medium-short. The rancio note returns, along with slightly bitter walnut and charcoal notes. The finish is must less sweet than the palate, but retains the same essence. This fades quickly, though, leaving just a vague dusty grape-skin note.
A few drops of water initially mute the aroma. After a rest in the glass, there’s a marked increase in alcohol bite and a lot less sweetness. Texture is unaffected, but the palate is muddier and confused. Skip the water here.
At first, this is a little more disappointing than I remember from when it was 12 years old. The port notes are nice, but are accompanied by an uncomfortable musty character that I can’t quite shake.