December 4, 2010
I tasted a glass of the Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or at C.B. Hannegan’s last week. Here are my notes:
Color: Liquid gold
Nose: Riesling grapes, honey, floral lilac and clover blossom.
Palate: Body like liquid gold. Attack is heavy with clover honey, in both flavor and firmness of texture. It tastes like a glass of dessert wine on fire. When developing, some spiciness, cinnamon or nutmeg and vanilla. Surprisingly one-dimensional on first taste, with the Sauternes flavor overwhelming the cereal sweetness. However, for shear desserty pleasure, this one is hard to beat. Subsequent tastes reveal more complexity – surely there is a lot left to discover.
Finish is medium long with more cereal notes, but little else. A lingering ghost of spice – vanilla chai. Also some toffee?
Addition of a few drops of water did not, to my mind, improve this dram. I prefer it in its pure, sugary glory.