Aged for ten years in used bourbon casks and finished for two years in Sauternes casks, this whisky earned a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast.
In 1738, a brewery was built upon Morangie Farm in the Highlands region of Scotland. A century later, William Matheson acquired the farm and equipped the Morangie brewery with two stills that he purchased second-hand, and renamed the brewery-converted-distillery Glenmorangie.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using malted barley, which is mashed and fermented with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground being filtered through layers of limestone before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. (In the 1980's, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, Glenmorangie purchased 600 acres of land around and including the spring, in order to ensure consistent water quality and adequate supply.)
After the barley has been fermented, the wash is twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills by a team of 16 distillers known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. Glenmorangie's stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a more pure flavor. In addition, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky.
Following distillation, Glenmorangie Nectar D'Òr Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged for a minimum of ten years in casks that were previously used to mature bourbon. After its decade-long beautyrest, the single malt is double-barreled, or finished, for an additional two years in ex-Sauternes casks. Sauternes is a type of sweet wine from the eponymous region in France known for its fruity, nutty flavors. "The result of extra-maturing Nectar D'Òr has improved the voluptuous whisky," says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Master of Whisky Creation (Lumsden holds a PhD in Biochemistry and wrote his thesis paper on yeast physiology).
Glenmorangie Nectar D'Òr Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an aroma of honeysuckle and creamy vanilla, which leads to notes of rich nuts, dark chocolate and cinnamon on the palate. These notes are complemented by touches of peaches, apricots and pineapples with a subtle, peppery undertone. Glenmorangie Nectar D'Òr (Nectar D'Òr translates to drink of gold in ancient Gaelic) earned a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, which rated it one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2011. In addition, it earned a score of 94 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, which called it "outrageously good."
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92 (46% ABV)
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Aroma of honeysuckle and creamy vanilla. Notes of rich nuts, dark chocolate and cinnamon on the palate, complemented by touches of peaches, apricots and pineapples with a subtle, peppery undertone. Finish is long and elegant, with a satisfying caramel touch.