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Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old 70cl 46°

Distillery : Glenmorangie / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 21194

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

With The Quinta Ruban version, the Glenmorangie distillery pays a tribute to the "quintas", the famous Port wine estates in Portugal. After a 10 years maturation in American white oak casks that previously contained Bourbon, The Quinta Ruban has been aged in Ruby Port casks for two more years. Indeed, Ruby is "Ruban" in Gaelic.

This maturation of the Quinta Ruban makes its the most intense amber whisky of the range. Rich and velvety, this malt expresses an remarkable aromatic complexity and sweetness.

Whisky expert Jim Murray gave it the 92/100 mark in his Whisky Bible: "Typical Morangie complexity...portrayed with clarity and confidence... form of cask finishing that has progressed from experimentation to certainty".

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Volume0.7 L
Net Weight0.7 kg
ABV46 °
TypeSingle malt
Age12 years
MaturationBourbon & Port
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: beautiful shimmering pink gold.

Nose: tangerines and Belgian chocolate aromas are reminiscent of joyful Christmas meals... A delicate crackling fire puff joins candied fruits pastry and musky flavours. A cheerful warmth rise from the glass, a dash of water reveals lovely turkish delights sparkled with mint, candied oranges and lovely honeyed sweetness.

Palate: a silky texture developing into rich dark chocolate and nuts. Candied oranges complete the chocolate crisp overlaying the minty freshness.

Finish: of great length, swirling pleasantly between dark chocolate, mint and fresh oranges.

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

Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013.

88/100 Very Good, Strong Recommendation, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013.

Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011.