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Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

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Which of the following expressions works best for you?

1. Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Original
14
29%
2. Glenmorangie Lasanta
4
8%
3. Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban
6
13%
4. Glenmorangie The Nectar d'Or
13
27%
5. Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
3
6%
6. Glenmorangie Astar
8
17%
 
Total votes : 48

Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:24 pm

I feel there are often pros and cons when it comes to many of the various expressions (especially the cask finished ones) of Glenmorangie. That said, the distillery is obviously an innovator when it comes to cask management regimens and marketing.

Sidestepping some of the more costly bottlings (such as the 18-year old, Signet, etc.), I'd be interested in hearing of others' impressions, as well as their 'prime picks', of and from the above-mentioned releases.

So fire away, Glenmorangie drinkers! :wink:
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby jazz lover » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:31 pm

For everyday drinking;
1.Sonnalta
2.Astar
3.Nectar d'Or
4.Original
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:32 am

While you've excluded it, the current price of the 18 falls in line with the Astar at just over $80. For everyday dramming I'd go with the Ten as I find it much more approachable. I like the Nectar D'or as a nice after dinner dram. I do like the others as well, just not as much.

I forgot, I have yet to try the Sonalta.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:51 am

1. Nectar D'Or
2. Quinta Ruban
3. Tie amongst Las Santa/Sonnalta/Astar
4. Original
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby bredman » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:40 am

Astar for me.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby MoreDalmore » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:44 pm

Apart from the Astar I know all of these Glenmo's; so for now I will not put my vote in.

But I can tell you the Astar has a lot to do as I both adore the Quinta Ruban and the Sonnalta PX.

I am not quite sure which 1 I prefer; the Sonnalta with the bigger nose and outspoken taste or the Quinta Ruban for the very tasty mint and choclate aroma's and silky mouthfeel.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:39 am

I still have the Sherry, Port and Madeira finishes from the first time around. Wish they were in the poll as I prefer them over the new offerings.

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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby steveblack » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:45 am

I have had all of them except the Sonnalta and I voted for Original.

I thought of the dram that worked for me every time or most of the time. Actually it would be a tie between Astar and Original, but on tie, I gave the vote to the less expensive one.

Nectar was right up there, but the last bottle I bought in November seemed so unlike the one I had before and did not enthuse me. Quinta Ruban is good too.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby hyperfuji » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:41 pm

nectar
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:23 pm

jazz lover wrote:For everyday drinking;
1.Sonnalta
2.Astar
3.Nectar d'Or

That is my top 3 also. I'm not a fan of the Original though. It seems to me to have become very bland. I much preferred the woodier profile of the old 10yo.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:36 pm

You can open them one at a time and save samples for a vertical tasting later.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:26 am

Probably depends on you. Willie, probably not. The rest of the free world... :dead:
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:25 pm

It's a reasonable point though. The bottles of the finishes don't carry age statements so its really impossible to tell, but I assume they are not as old as the 15yo (or it would be stated) which gives a bit of height to the potential tasting.

By the way, I wouldn't open the Burgundy finish first as it might put you off opening the others.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:55 pm

The burgundy became much more appealing to me after it had been open a month or so.

Based on Glenmorangie's previous practices, the finished products were 12 yos. 10 years in bourbon cask, 2 years in finishing casks.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Drammed » Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:22 pm

Sonnalta
Nectar D'or
Astar


I would also include the old portwood finish as that was quite excellent.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:48 pm

Ganga wrote:The burgundy became much more appealing to me after it had been open a month or so.

That may have been my mistake. I think mine was only open for a few days.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:32 am

lawschooldrunk wrote:and then the kitchen sink fairy got the rest?


I think the kitchen sink fairy is Willie's stomach. :P
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby MoreDalmore » Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:19 pm

Ok; I voted Quinta Ruban; also based on price/quality ( QR for € 43,- per liter and Sonnalta € 65,- ).

And I love liter bottles as the whisky is getting better when the bottles are opened for a while. In the Quinta Ruban the chocolate aroma's are getting much stronger to me after a couple of weeks.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:57 pm

Willie JJ wrote:The bottles of the finishes don't carry age statements so its really impossible to tell, but I assume they are not as old as the 15yo (or it would be stated)...

Not as old as the 15YO, for certain.

If I'm not mistaken, my one remaining unopened bottle of the Port Wood Finish (it's a VERY early release of that whisky) actually states on the back label that the whisky had spent 12 years in ex-Bourbon wood and another couple of years in Port wood.

Guess I'll have to dig the bottle out of the rear of the cabinet to verify this.

And as a postscript, I don't find the newer Quinta Ruban version nearly as good overall. Lots of flavour impact, to be sure. But it just seems a little rough around the edges. I ascribe this at least partially (and notwithstanding the increased alcohol and lack of chill filtration) to a shortening of the total maturation time in comparison to the older Wood Finish edition.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:50 pm

pkt77242 wrote:
lawschooldrunk wrote:and then the kitchen sink fairy got the rest?


I think the kitchen sink fairy is Willie's stomach. :P

Good call. I wasn't enjoying it much so I just finished it off. :)

The Third Dram wrote:If I'm not mistaken, my one remaining unopened bottle of the Port Wood Finish (it's a VERY early release of that whisky) actually states on the back label that the whisky had spent 12 years in ex-Bourbon wood and another couple of years in Port wood.

That's interesting because I had a vague recollection that there was some age info on the finishes but when I looked at the ones that I had handy there was nothing. I seem to recall Rachel Barrie saying, in relation to the new bottlings, that through experimentation they had concluded that 18 months was the minimum time required for the flavours in the finish cask to marry with the spirit. I guess its not unlikely that the original finishes may have had a little more. I was certainly a big fan of them back then and I always think that the first bottlings of the sherry finish were far superior to LaSanta (bloody stupid name).
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:13 pm

Walked over to BevMo at lunch (drenched for my efforts). The Lasanta, Quinta Ruben and the Nectar D'or are all 12 yos based on the box (big numbers). My recollection is that the age is well hidden on the label for the boxes.

My recollection from the tour of Glenmorangie back in 2000 was that the finished whiskies were in the finish casks for 2 years.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Knolly » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:21 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:I still have the Sherry, Port and Madeira finishes from the first time around. Wish they were in the poll as I prefer them over the new offerings.

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Hum - that's funny - I think the exact opposite! I like some of the newer expressions and never really took to any of the previous ones (apart from the Madeira IIRC which was pretty good) as much.

My current favourites are the the Nectar D'or, Sonalta and Astar: I also quite like the Lasanta as well. Don't really care for the Quinta Ruben that much...
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:26 pm

I'm with Knolly although I do enjoy the Quinta. :thumbsup: This isn't "the bible" just my personal preference.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby lincoln imp » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:51 pm

The 15 year is definately the best of the lower end Glenmo offerings.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:34 am

Gee, I prefer the Portwood Glenmo and it's not on the list.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:39 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:Gee, I prefer the Portwood Glenmo and it's not on the list.

Then I'm NOT alone here, Musky. :wink:
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:48 am

Quinta Ruban is the new portwood, but if you mean you like the old portwood better I probably wouldn't argue. I'm a sucker for nostalgia though. I think I have 2 or 3 of the old portwood stashed away. :D
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Drammed » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:00 pm

The Third Dram wrote:
Muskrat Portage wrote:Gee, I prefer the Portwood Glenmo and it's not on the list.

Then I'm NOT alone here, Musky. :wink:


Nope. I believe I mentioned it in my previous post as well. It was a lot better than the current Qunita ruban.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:14 am

Willie JJ wrote:It's a reasonable point though. The bottles of the finishes don't carry age statements so its really impossible to tell, but I assume they are not as old as the 15yo (or it would be stated) which gives a bit of height to the potential tasting.

By the way, I wouldn't open the Burgundy finish first as it might put you off opening the others.

Sorry I didn't notice this before Willie. I understand the old Glenmo Portwood, Sherry finish and so forth were 10 years old and after that were placed in port, sherry "pipes "for two more years to take on the nature of those containers.

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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:52 am

The old and the new do carry age statements of 12 yo. While I can't say that the new bottles carry a designation of 12 yo the boxes that they come in are pretty blatantly labeled 12 yo.

Back in 2000 I visited Glenmo. At the time they told us that the finished whiskies (port, madiera, sherry) were aged 10 years in bourbon casks and then an additional 2 years in the finishing cask.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Lawrence » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:32 pm

I think they are starting to tranistion back to age statements, I have several bottles here of the Nectar D'Or and they have the 12yo age statement.

Years ago I asked a Glenmo excecutive why the USA had age statement on the finished whiskeis and the rest of the world was NAS. His answer was that the US market demanded an age statement but this was at least 10 years ago and things have changed in the mean time. Still, interesting.

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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby bscepter » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:12 pm

perhaps i'm a philistine... but i quite like the bog-standard 10yo. it's light and very peachy, which can be a nice change - though i wouldn't drink it every day. but for a $40 whisky, it's pretty great.
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Ganga » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:27 pm

Come over and join the rest of us philistines. :D
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby danthepoetman » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:04 am

The Nectar d'Or really does it for me. Its French pastry, pate feuillete, cream perfumes are just fabulous. First time I had a bottle I practically had the whole thing all at once... Just a delight!
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Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

Postby Leorin » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:29 pm

I voted for the Nectar D'or. I love it for the well integrated Sauterne wine. It is quite unique or at least I don't know many 'basic' malts from other distilleries with a similar profile.
When it comes to sherrymatured malts, there are lots of great competitors in this category from other distilleries and some of them even have a better price/quality-ratio in my opinion.
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