Glenmorangie's re-styled Sauternes Finish is cheaper than the old version and has a delicious citrussy, honeyed character. This is generally regarded as the best of the 'new' Glenmorangie wood finishes.
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Exit Madeira and Burgundy, here’s a Sauternes finish. It’s not impossible that new owners LVMH provide the distillery with their own empty Sauternes casks (yes, it’s Sauternes with an s at the end. Sauterne is a pale copy made in America, or a frequent misspelling done by some of our Scottish friends. Well, I do it myself sometimes, but not on labels, eh!)
Colour: gold (what else?) Nose: but this smells exactly like Sauternes at first nosing! Amazing... I mean, the spirit is almost absent here, it’s the wine that does all the talking, and as Sauternes isn’t ‘a winey wine’ (come on, Serge!), the result is rather pleasant. A lot of fructose, ripe apricots, icing sugar, hints of kiwis, tangerines... How funny. Gets a little more ‘whisky’ after a while, that is, with hints of oak, a faint maltiness and... And? Hugely demonstrative in any case.
Mouth: ho-ho, this works better I think. More multidimensional than the sherry (and certainly than the Port), with a better oakiness, spices and grass at the attack, and then a huge sweetness that’s better controlled I think. Pepper, baklavas, apricot jam and green tea. Works very well, and there’s even bits of the original distillate that shine through (imagine something delicately smoky and vanilled whispering in the background).
Finish: long and thick, on the same big flavours, with also hints of resin. Again, a very well crafted malt from the New World of Whisky. Certainly not a grand cru (how would we know anyway with this heavy treatment?) but the end result is truly palatable methinks, albeit a bit panzerish (I think you made your point here, Serge). 86 points (just two points below the rather excellent old 21yo Sauternes finish).
Producer's Tasting Notes
Aroma: Tempted by the aromas wafting through the door of a French patisserie, you step inside to discover a tangy tarte au citron with its crisp pastry case and smooth lemony cream topping. Next to it is with its fluffy sponginess and milky vanilla aroma is a Genoise cake decorate with crystallised lime and orange peel. You can smell plump juicy sultanas, dates, warming ginger, coconut and nutmeg. In the background, gingerbread is baking in a wood-burning oven
Slip some water into the whisky to release the frothiness of lemon meringue pie and the rich aroma of baking fruitcake and warm gingerbread drizzled with crème anglaise
Taste: The smooth, melting creaminess of lemon tart leaves the mouth full of citrus tang that gives way to crème caramel and zesty lime. This is replaced by warming ginger coupled with the mellow nutty flavours of nutmeg and toasted almonds that add warmth and chewiness that melts into oozing lemon meringue and melting honeycomb
Finish: Languid and sweet with lemon zest, vanilla cream and delicate hints of ginger and nutmeg
Customer Reviews: (34 reviews)
Received this as a Christmas present from my wife & it's become my favourite whisky by far. Several friends who have tasted it have also been blown away by its smooth complex taste and downright drinkability. Perfect if, like me, you're not a fan of the smoky taste of some single malts.
- Chris, 10 days ago
This Whisky is for real connoisseurs. It's one of the most complex ive tasted in a while.
You smell something new everytime. Very subtle flavours. It won't blow
Your head off, but has so much complexity for this price. I've had 15 bottles open
In recent months, this is undoubtedly the best.
- Vuz Kapur , 3rd January
Nectar d'Or has much the character of an excellent brandy.
It's still clearly scotch, but wow --- drink it neat after a great meal. Glenmorangie has hit this one out of the park.
- anonymous, 29th Nov '12
This dram will suit some like me who see some magic in every style of malt. It's brilliant as a dessert malt. And when you can get it 1/3 off in a supermarket don't think twice. I'm loving it right now!
- mark wyler, 1st Aug '12
This single malt, in my opinion, blows away Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, etc. Smooth, honey taste, as close to nectar as you will find in this universe!
- Dick W 04/05/11, 5th Apr '11
Received as a gift for my 50th, wonderfully smooth and tasty with a pleasant bouquet. Not as harsh as some Scotch and has it has less of the smoke and peetiness flavor that some desire .
- Vern P. 8th Feb '11, 9th Feb '11
Even more subtle and complex than the 10 yr old original? The quality that this beautiful distillery deliver should entice any scotch fan. There is no point arguing whether it is better than Ardbeg/Highland Park etc as they all offer something different, what I would say is if you are interested in trying a subtle, complex and 'classy' whisky then this should be on top of your list along with the original. True leaders in their class.
- Travis Kingdon, 28th Jan '11
Boom, every nosing hits you with a superb and overt citric vanilla flavor that is just so superb. The mouth is strong and subtle at the same time, sip slowly, this is one to relish, and the finish is dessert like and gorgeous. I love this single malt. It's not really that womanly.
- Subhash, 9th Dec '10
Can't wait to have this with a bowl of rattray's highland targe or signum.Symphony all in one!!!
- tiger123, 29th Oct '10
a very smooth sweet malt and no bitter after taste that you get with some malts at the moment my favourite
- john harris, 11th Oct '10
Stunning whisky for the price. Bought a bottle at Heathrow for someone putting me up in foreign lands. Tried a little bit out there and was blown away - I had to buy myself some. Wonderfully smooth, with a nice round, honeyed profile. Delicious.
- Simon Griffiths, 27th Sep '10
A gift from my wife on our 13th anniversary, opened immediately, neat in my favorite crystal snifter. Lighter than most scotch I enjoy, sweet but not too much, a delightful night cap or after dinner treat.
- Larry Jax, FL, 9th Aug '10
I bought one at Duty Free and enjoy with some friends. Wanted to have a second opinion but unable to find it in the local store in BKK. Perfectly agreed with Serge....Excellent
- Rteo, 10th Jun '10
Ein fantastischer Whisky, zu einem fantastischen Preis! Warm, weich und der Kick der Sauternes F?sser. Als Digestiv der HAMMER!
- anonymous, 1st Jun '10
Value for money Whisky. As for the 10 YO - not my liking. Stay with this and you will not go wrong.
- Rteo, 26th May '10
Gentlemen (and ladies) this is good whisky, but not a classic scotch whisky. Enjoy it for what it is -- a very special beverage with light, citrusy flavors flanked by a hint of vanilla. Good for after dinner or anytime with a splash of water (sparkling or still) to really let loose the citrus. It just tastes good!
- winecountryinsider, 27th Mar '10
This is a terrific scotch. My standard is a 10 year Macallan (for the price) but this is much much better and smoother. Far superior to the 18 year Glenlivet's, GlenFiddiches, etc. Not at all like the smoky Obans of the world. I can't stress that enough. Not saying one is better than the other it just depends on what you like. If you like smoky buy Oban (or comparable); if you don't, give this a look.
- Rick, 26th Mar '10
THIS WHISKY SETS THE WHOLE MOUTH ON FIRE.WATER WATER WATER PLEASE.BETTER OFF BUYING A 21 YO GLENFIDDICH FOR A FEW POUNDS MORE.I DONT THINK ITS A WOMANS SCOTCH ITS JUST NOT SMOOTH.
- shane, 11th Mar '10
I am a casual Scotch drinker, and am not a real fan of the heavy smoke and peat flavors. This is the best I have ever tasted. I like the light, citrus taste, but what really made my day was how smooth it was. Reminds me of a few far older scotches I have tasted.I suspect the Scotch purists will hate it. Let's call it a fine "woman's Scotch" and be done.
- anonymous, 2nd Jan '10
El acabado en sauternes le da un dulzor un poco m?s potente que el jerez, pero es un whisky muy fresco y floral. Es una buena combinaci?n para empezar y despues tomar un islay potente. Uno parecido (cask, 56,2%) es el Edradour SFTC sauternes finish.