Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

 
 
Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:
 
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or
Single malt
Score:
91/100 
ABV:
46%
Region:
Highlands, Scotland 
Body:
Medium  
Intensity:
Medium  
Texture:
Silky  
Balance:
Superb 
Best served:
Cask:
Neat 
Bourbon casks, finished in Sauternes ‘Barriques’


Theme(s):
White wine, peach, almond, raisin, vanilla, pastry/bakery (hot cross buns), chocolate, orange zest, cinnamon, spice, raisin, wooded 
 
Tasting notes:
The Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or is matured in bourbon casks, and then finished inSauternes ‘Barriques’ to help infuse the whisky with some flavours from that particular style of wine. Sauternes is a sweet French wine made from  semillion, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle grapes affected by botrytis cinerea (otherwise known as “noble rot”) which makes the grapes raisined and therefore concentrates the flavour.  This particular whisky therefore has the foundation of vanilla, coconut and raisin from the ex-bourbon American oak, but with overtones of sweet white wine that produce a nutty almond like twist with hints of peach, orange zest and dashes of spice.
 
Nose: Creamy barley is interlaced with crushed biscuit, shavings of orange zest and crushed cinnamon with sharp whips of spice loaf softened by raisin filled bread and butter pudding.
 
Taste: The soft barley emerges with buttery hot cross buns, waves of chocolate orange, wood vanilla and sweet winy notes which emit Riesling with peach and almond overtones. The wood and sweet wine begin to dominate at mid-palate with more spice, and accompany an increasingly tannic and bitter finish.

Finish: The chocolate darkens, balancing against the sweet wine notes as the wood remains dominant with hints of honeycomb, coconut, menthol, peppery papaya and a resurgence of the cinnamon.

 
This is an interesting whisky because it has quite a strong sauternes influence which is counterbalanced by the bitter wood notes that gradually intensify toward the finish – powerful flavours that may possibly be amplified as a result of the signature Glenmorangie light style which quietly sit beneath the storm of character from the oak. It is therefore nicely balanced and certainly recommended for wine drinkers! The whisky itself is certainly more dominant on the nose but on the palate the wood and wine influence dominate at mid-palate and into the finish. 

Likes:
Complex, interesting winy twist
Dislikes:
Too much wood from the Sauternes ‘Barriques’

 

Price:
$85 (Aus)
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