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Glenmorangie The Nectar d'Or 12 Years Old 70cl 46°

Distillery : Glenmorangie / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 21162

This edition was awarded a silver medal as the Best Single Malt Scotch among whiskies until 12 years old at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

Bill Lumsden, in charge of the maturation process at Glenmorangie, likes to experience new combinations and always strives for excellence. After the Margaux and Chateau Idoine cask finish, Bill Lumsden visited a prestigious Sauternes vineyard castle and decided to craft an unique whisky with exceptional refining. This release boldy states it in its name: "Nectar d'Or" (the golden nectar).

This Single Malt aged in individually selected casks, that previously contained the quite famous, sweet Sauternes wine during 2 years after 10 years into bourbon, and developed rich, spicy but of standalone smoothness aromas, such as tantalizing desserts.

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Volume0.7 L
ABV46 °
TypeSingle malt
MaturationBourbon & Sauternes
PeatNon Peated

The Glenmorangie distillery operates with the tallest Pot Stills of Scotland (5.13m). This is the size of an adult giraffe!

These stills with spherical compartments (boil ball) play a decisive role in the crafting of the light and subtle Glenmorangie character. Only the lightest alcoholic vapours are collected. The spring waters used by the distillery are naturally filtered through limestone and impart Glenmorangie with its spicy character. The aged versions are increasingly powerful and develop delicate vanilla notes.

Glenmorangie is today an extraordinary pioneer in the art & science of oak cask maturation, and offers a spectacular choice of special finishes. Glenmorangie has a very strict policy and uses only first and second fill barrels, a process that magnifies the layers of flavours. The Glenmorangie distillate ages in ex-Bourbon, American white oak casks for at least 10 years. Glenmorangie collects a share from the ex-Bourbon casks and transfers it into casks that previously contained other alcohols or wines, thus extending the maturation: this is the “wood finish”. The use of casks that previously contained Sherry, Port, Madeira wines or Bourgogne wines maintains the essential balance of Glenmorangie whisky, while imparting intriguing characteristics to the spirit.

The art of cask maturation at Glenmorangie has been influenced by more than 25 years of research, enabling the Master Distiller to find the perfect casks for the Single Malts, and acquire the reputation of an expert amongst the circles of whisky maturation experts.

Colour: bright gold with topaz glow.

Nose: firm and smooth. Fleshy notes of pinneaple, bananas and candied apricot lifted by a remarkable citrus bitterness, highlighting the Sauternes finish. Curry and cinnamon rise alongside heady flowers adorned with coconut accents.

Palate: sweet and velvety. A bit more firm than the nose, with a drive revealing the depth and warmth of ginger, nutmeg and roasted almonds, mingled with a syrupy, honeyed lemon meringue. Mid-palate strolls over a velvet nose, with a salted hint that develops on roasted coffee, toffee, gingerbread and peppermint.

Finish: oily, appealing, reeking of acidulous passion fruits and lemon, with acacia honey notes, white chocolate and vanilla, ending on ginger and nutmeg with a trail of malted barley natural bitterness.

Bronze Medal, Scotch Highlands Single Malt 12 years and under category, World Whiskies Awards 2022.

Silver Medal, Best Single Malt Scotch whiskies until 12 years old, World Whiskies Awards 2019

Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013.

92/100 Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013.

Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011.

Best Highlands Single Malt, World Whiskies Awards 2008.