The vast majority of whisky drinkers agree that Glenmorangie Distillery is a pioneer in the process of finishing their whisky in various types of wood.
The first wood finished expression was released in 1987 – now legendary 1963 Vintage, finished in ex-Oloroso sherry butts. But the true forerunner to Glenmorangie wood finishes was Port Wood Finish introduced in 1994 and immediately included into distillery core range. The whisky spent 10 years in ex-bourbon casks then was transferred into Port pipes for additional several months. Since 2007 Port Wood Finish has been marketed as Quinta Ruban.
Nose: winey and floral, rose hips, dark cherries, prunes, oranges, caramel, melted butter, strawberry jam and oak.
Palate: smooth and sweet, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, honey, plums, sweet and sour sauce, candied fruit and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: pretty long, winey, dried fruit, caramel and pinch of salt.