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.
About The Distillery
Glenmorangie has been an innovator in the industry for years, pioneering cask expressions and experimental bottlings of their exceptional Highland whisky. Often cited as the biggest-selling whisky in Scotland, Glenmorangie is also attracting a lot of international attention, winning awards left and right. Among their cask-aged expressions are the Nectar D’Or (matured in French Sauternes casks after 10 years minimum in bourbon barrels), Quinta Ruban (matured in port barrels), Lasanta (matured in oloroso sherry casks), and more. Glenmorangie sources its oak casks in the Ozark mountains and loans them for four years to the Jack Daniels distillery before using them for Scotch. Glenmorangie’s water flows from the Tarlogie Springs in the hills above the distillery, over sandstone (yielding hard water) and picks up flavor components from the clover and heather in the hills before entering the distillery, where 24 very long-necked stills called the “giraffes” make Glenmorangie’s classic Highland malt. Glenmorangie, like Ardbeg, is owned by luxury giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (12 year)
Price Range: $66-$75