Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2013
Highlands & Islands up to 12yo - 2013
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
What's in a name? Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old 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.
Glenmorangie have done a lovely job on this ... Lovely, full of flavour, spice, fruit, port and sweet to the taste. Intriguing lovely dark colour too. Yes, it's a bit gimmicky, and probably overpriced as a result of an extensive marketing ploy, but really it is worth it.
21st October 2014
Out and out fav for the price. Have tasted betterbut much more expensive ♥
11th October 2014
A true enjoyment in a glass. Very smooth, fruity, and sweet with a hint of smoke.
Personally I think the finishing on Port pipes is a waste of good 10yo Glenmorangie. The finishing ruins it because the casks must be sub-standard. There is something unclean, sulfury about this one. Still it is much, much better than the Lasanta (trust Jim Murrey regarding the Lasanta)
24th September 2014
Usually a fan of Sherried malts, and the Glenmorangie La Santa. Gave this a try, was certainly worth it! Nose: Sweet Sweet Porto!! Palate: Strong notes of Porto Wine as soon as it hits the tongue, and some notes of menthol, immediately complimented by a nice spicy finish. It has a unique pinkish color in good lighting which is really inviting. If you're looking for something different for a reasonable price, definitely give this a try.
6th September 2014
This is my goto malt,just love this so much,can't have enough bottles on standby. Velvet smooth a little sweet but not as much as the nectar d'or.
18th August 2014
Without knowing what it was made of the first nosing told me there's new wood and port in there, and that's about it. Tasting confirmed that impression, the rather thin and underwhelming taste of the current Glenmo make can barely be discerned under all that wood tone - wood tone that would taste and smell the same with any other make. Despite being finished in port this reminds me a bit of the latest A'bunadh batches which have noticeable new wood in them too, but whereas the A'bu has balls this one is a slick, oily, overproduced thing. Doesn't take to water at all, the structure begins to break at ½ a teaspoon already. It does not taste bad (in fact it's very quaffable) but all those medals listed there on the left side of the page are a bit of a joke. If this is what wins competitions I think I'd rather drink from the bottles that don't win.
7th August 2014
Bought by my son as a Fathers Day gift for me. He knows I like single malts and thought this would be a new one for me. He wasn't wrong and whilst its much smoother than many of my usual tipples I am delighted with the finish and flavours. I an cutting it with about 30% of room temperature still water to reveal the best of it. If I don't get any more as presents I will have to buy some!!
15th June 2014
I refute all of the poncey descriptions about oak with a touch of country farm gate - but I will say that this is a damned nice drink which reminds me of old time Christmases
This is a vert nice whiskey. Start early, come home late; nothing is better than a glass on the veranda.
3rd June 2014
'Cloying' rings most true for me. A spot of water opens it out but what comes out is harsh and thin.
By the time I find the right balance of whisky and water the bottle will be done and good riddance.
31st May 2014
One of my fave of all times is the Balvenie 21 Portwood.... it is very expensive, especially here in Canada. This is a great alternative almost as good, very enjoyable... for everyday!
5th May 2014
silky a smooth fragrance of chocolate and a nice taste in palate.. i recommend tasting with a fig ..
30th April 2014
The finish is quite frankly well done. It has nothing to do with the botched distiller's editions that you find on the market at a premium. I usually prefer peated scotch, but I'll probably revisit this one frequently.
29th April 2014
A 50th birthday prezzie from my father in law! Fantastically smooth and wholly drinkable. The decanter lasted a fortnight, with many a sneaky visit to the drinks cupboard.
21st April 2014
A bit too much berry start but fell quickly to a barley/oak tone with a cherry finish that is good for the non-scotch drinker to explore and enjoy.
11th April 2014
As a rather new comer to single malts I am still finding my way, but I may have arrived with this purchase. I absolutely love the smooth finish and rich tastes. The Port Casks finish is subtle but a well-received refinement. Highly recommended.
7th April 2014
This has to be the best whisky under $50.00... PERIOD! The quality Port casks Glenmorangie selects, plus the intrinsic qualities of their 10 year old original, like the herbal, floral, citrus, baked goods are noticeable within the spirit. But, now with added layers of dark chocolate, slight espresso, caramel, sweet Port, toffee, nutmeg. Its rich, earthy and velvety with a medium to long finish. Then on top of that, Glenmorangie throws it at you non-chilled filtered, for that unadulterated, mouth-coating texture, 46% abv, and no caramel color added. What a bargain!
19th February 2014
very smooth. Prefered one over most other Scotch
6th January 2014
An excellent port cask finished malt full of fruity notes and silky smooth with a long rich finish. I buy it often when on offer for about£30-£32.One of the best finished whiskey"s on the market.
24th December 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
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
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
Very nice. So smooth and the taste is lovely.
13th October 2013
But what can I say? Yummy! Best dessert available!
4th August 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
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
Sorry, Suberb = superb
20th July 2013
Smooth, creamy and very spicy. Its not so sweet and floral like Nectar version. It smells like others glenmorangies - wonderfully. Great wiskhy.
Accurate description, and a beautiful ruby reflection. Now this, is a whiskey.
21st June 2013
Да, чуть не забыл...
18th June 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
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
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
Just finished my 1st ever bottle and will start on the 2nd but not the last. Definately in my top 3!
9th March 2013
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
So smooth berries chocolate all exploding in a bomb of beauty
17th November 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
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 love this whisky,so smooth
18th August 2011
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