One of the titans of whisky Wonka-ry (think Bruichladdich, Edradour, Arran), Glenmorangie has managed to build nearly their entire core range around the concept of cask finishing.
Finshing can be looked at as simply another tool in the artist’s (read: whisky maker’s) repertoire or as a somewhat disingenuous way of glossing over blemishes in the product.
Let’s grant benefit of the doubt here. We’ve tried enough of the unadulterated ‘Morangie’s to know that the whisky itself (prior to franken-engineering) is pretty darn good.
Nose: Sweet caramel and toffee notes are cushioned in wine. Strawberries and champagne. This is all set with mascerated fruits, nut and chocolate. Hints of salt water and a gorgeous tobacco smoke, almost like a mild cigar.
Palate: Creamy, oily and coating. Bit o’ lemon. Bit o’ wood. Sooooo wine-rich. Much like an over-the-top French dessert. It lingers with warmth and a tangy appleskin note on the palate. The wine edge from the sauterne cask finish is deceptively enticing and alluring. Sweet and sensual.
This really is a pretty little wine-finished whisky. One of the best honestly. Gotta be careful with sweet wines and good malts as a rule, but when they do click…nice…very nice. I can imagine serving this with a bowl of strawberries and cream. Being as sweet as it is though, it is one I have to be in the mood for.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt
Nice review and the “whisky Wonka-ry” comment certainly made me grin. This really is a mood whisky, and isn’t one that jumps into my glass very often; just a little too sweet for me. Like Quinta Ruban and Lasanta, the Nectar D’Or’s finish is pretty strong and pronounced, competing a little with the strong profile of the Glenmorangie. It makes me wonder if the range might benefit from aging the base malt for a couple more years, and even shortening the finish times, to allow the volume to be turned down a little. Happy New Year (I see some Bowmore 18 and then some Ardbeg 10 in a new Big Daddy Glass in my near future)!!!
I maintain that the Nectar d’Or is the best of the “Extra Matured Range” 12yos because Sauternes are the Glenmorangies of wine. Take a light, creamy, citrusy, sweet malt and finish it in light, creamy, citrusy, sweet wine casks and the profile of the base spirit will only be amplified and enhanced, instead of covered up with the more aggressive ‘red’ flavours of sherry or port.