Last week I mentioned, when we posted tasting notes on the Quinta Ruban, that we have indeed sampled quite a few drams from Glenmorangie and it’s slowly becoming one of our favourite commercial whisky brands and this expression epitomises just why. Nectar D’Or , is rather special and it is now the third dram that we’ve posted tasting note on from their core range. The Nectar D’Or Glenmorangie expression is a marriage of Sauternes Cask and ex-bourbon fill casks. Nectar D’Or is an exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing. It is here, in hand selected wine barriques from Sauternes: the most famous and ancient sweet wine growing region of France, that this whisky develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavours. Non-chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.
On the nose: there is a beautiful waft of oranges, lime, vanilla and raisins. This is then followed up by notes of marzipan, honey and notes of a tropical nature, such as coconut. There are some lovely cinnamon and nutmeg notes in there too, alongside subtle hints of spices. On the palate: those lovely oranges and limes are ever-present; however, they are accompanied by notes of gingerbread and honey. These initial notes are closely followed by white chocolate, hints of lemon zest, with a syrup-like texture. Rounding off the palate are notes of poached pears and hint of almonds. The finish: long, sweet and warming, with lingering ginger and slight nuttiness.
The verdict: Glenmorangie is known for being rather sweet and elegant, and this drop typifies this, however, it also brings a lot more depth to the table. A Scotch that has plenty of character with perfectly balanced notes to give you a dram that you’ll only want more of. Bottled at an ABV of 46%, this 12-year-old bottling of Glenmorangie can, in my opinion, be enjoyed how you please. However, if you do need to add any water then only add a very, very small amount and if you don’t feel the urge to add any then allow the scotch to breathe for approx. 5 – 7 minutes to open up the nose a bit.
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or Single Malt Scotch can be found at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £60
For more information on Nectar D’Or visit the official Glenmorangie website.