Saturday, February 14, 2009

Glenmorangie 12 year old Port Wood Finish

Glenmorangie 12 year old Port Wood Finish
Bottled by: Distillery
ABV: 43%
Region: Highlands
Price: $35
Availability: No longer bottled in this version. Newer version labeled Quinta Ruban and sold at around $60.

Glenmorangie is a somewhat ubiquitous malt and was sold in all three wood finishes (port wood, madeira wood and sherry wood) at Trader Joe's until the last few years. All were pretty good, but the port wood was always my favorite of the bunch.

Tasting Notes
Distinct rosy hue
Winey, with dark fruits (plums, berries) and American oak (bourbon, vanilla)
sweet floral notes, more dark fruits (plum, raspberry). Medium bodied. Lots going on here.
Smooth, long, complex

Overall impression and notes: Tasted as part of the "Port Wood Showdown" this malt was tops on everyone's list. Very interesting and complex. The most overtly port-like in color, aroma and flavors. A shame that it's being sold at such a higher price these days.


  1. These bottles comand $80-$100 now because it has been discontinued. The Quinta Runban is supposedly a different thing alltogether.

  2. Wow, I haven't seen any come up for sale - interesting. I know that they upped the proof in the Quinta Ruban, but I don't see myself shelling out $60 for it.