What's in a name? Glenmorangie 12 Year Old - Quinta Ruban whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Glenmorangie 12 Year Old - Quinta Ruban whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is full of winter berries and a touch of port. A good oak and a little cereal hanging in the substratum. The palate is sweet and thick. The port note is chewy and rich with notes of barley sugar and cereal and lots of juicy fruit and berries, a tad cloying. The finish is long and fruity and quite sweet.
I have only recently got into drinking "proper" whisky and I was bought this as an xmas present. After reading the description on the bottle I was sceptical, but it truly does have a taste of dark chocolate and mint, its smooth, and really easy to drink. I'd recommend to anyone
10th November 2009
I love this whisky,so smooth
18th August 2011
I have been a whisky lover for the past 8 yrs and out of all the single malt whisky of 12 yrs aging, i would rate this as the best so far.
31st August 2011
I have moved from Dalwhinnie to Macallan to Balvenie and many unnecessaries in between. I also tried the various Glenmorangie wood finishes but was not impressed. However, the Quinta Ruban Port wood finish is astounding! I inhale orange rind in honey with a hint of allspice. The finish lingers long. Then, for a bit of rough, I sip into Bunnabhain.
15th September 2011
So smooth berries chocolate all exploding in a bomb of beauty
17th November 2011
Started years ago with Glenfiddich, to Glenlivet to Macallan, but have found my home with Morangie. Especially this one, the Quinta Ruban. Relatively affordable to purchase regualarly yet so much better than some more expensive drams I've had in the past. Port casks REALLY do Scotch Whisky justice.....BEST YET! Slàinte mhòr !
17th January 2012
I think it may be the finest port wood scotch. Better than the Balvenie 21 portwood at nearly 4 times the price. Super!!
28th April 2012
This is one of the smoothest and elegant malts I have tried and one that I will buy again. I tend just to have one in the evening but this one beckons for a second helping usually
1st August 2012
A very nice,smooth malt, heavily ported for 2 years making this the perfect evening dram. Reminds me of an old Bourbon like PvW 20...yes it is nearly that good..Would agree with Glen V, that it is superior to the Balvenie.....90% rating....
6th August 2012
This is the scotch that made me fall in love with the drink, and I drink it whenever it is available. Hands down the most pleasingly palatable whiskey I've ever had... Candied violets on the nose and a warm, salted-caramel finish. This is the scotch I hand to people who "hate" scotch. Sufficed to say, it has yet to fail in changing that opinion!
8th August 2012
Beautiful..............this and its stablemate, Lasanta are superb Morangie Whiskies..This is my favorite though,probably as I like a good port as well.
19th August 2012
I do the rounds with single malts & have done so for many years. This was a very pleasant surprise and I can honestly say that I have not sampled a dram more enjoyable to my palate than the Quinta Ruban.
24th December 2012
Just finished my 1st ever bottle and will start on the 2nd but not the last. Definately in my top 3!
9th March 2013
Newly added to my collection...lovely lovely whisky. So many flavours. The bourbon flavours obvious, port less so but there. Really tasty. My collection is just moving from islay whiskies...a slow progress I confess.
12th April 2013
The sweetness of the port cask dominates the nose and palate melting into a creamy dark chocolate. Very smooth creamy body with a complimentary spiciness. I am not picking up the mint, but I did find a red cola/kola cube in the candied Esther's. This is a real beaut and will pair well with a number of desserts or as a post prandial delight.
13th May 2013
Я из Украины, (одна из стран бывшего СССР, которая находится в Европе)увлекаюсь односолодовыми виски, пробовал много разных. Этот не понравился,ожидал много,но не оправдал даже малого, легкий (первое ощущение), во вкусе чувствуется портвейн, спирт и что-то еще очень знакомое... но никак не мог вспомнить что, потом с удивлением понял - Bunnahabhain 12, не мой молт, такой себе среднячок. Отзывы о нем сильно преувеличены.
(Translation using Google Translate: I'm from Ukraine (one of the countries of the former Soviet Union, which is in Europe) fond of single malt whiskey, tried a lot of different ones. This is not much, expect a lot, but did not meet even a small, lightweight (first impression), the taste is felt port wine, alcohol and something else very familiar ... but could not remember that, then realized with surprise - Bunnahabhain 12, not my malt, sort of a srednyachok. Feedback was greatly exaggerated.)
8th June 2013
Да, чуть не забыл...
18th June 2013
Accurate description, and a beautiful ruby reflection. Now this, is a whiskey.
21st June 2013
Smooth, creamy and very spicy. Its not so sweet and floral like Nectar version. It smells like others glenmorangies - wonderfully. Great wiskhy.
20th July 2013
Sorry, Suberb = superb
Nose is full of vanilla, caramel fudge, apricots. Taste is smooth and very dessert-like, and very, very tasty. Couldn't keep my hands off the glass!
21st July 2013
I've been drinking Glenmorangie a while and recently discovered this gem. The first time I had it, there was an audible "wow" with every sip. I prefer this to just about any other whiskey that I've tried. Smells beautiful too.
3rd August 2013
But what can I say? Yummy! Best dessert available!
4th August 2013
Very nice. So smooth and the taste is lovely.
13th October 2013
Yeah, Ill pick this up EVERY time it is on offer for about £32 in the supermarket. But £40+ quid? Really..... much better off exploring the Japanese market at that price. Or even save yourself £10 and get Green Spot. Jason Breen. Actually, Maybe even save yourself £20 and buy Black Bush.
1st November 2013
That's all I can say, Wow! Quinta Ruban: This is really special stuff. It's red. I was a wee bit leary of the double casking, but I like it. So happy I have it in the collection. I'm definitely going to try other Glenmorangie selections, and other double cask choices as well.
8th November 2013
After reading the reviews i was expecting a really smooth whiskey but this is not smooth it reminds me of drinking a cheap whiskey. I have tried many single malts and was really looking forwards to this. Its drinkable and has a lovely nose but the taste doesn't match. i wont be buying it again once this bottle is empty.
26th November 2013