Whisky Review: Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet and Delicate

Nose:
Warm vanilla lightly brushed with drier malt, which is nicely supplemented by the delicious honey apple core. Sweetness in the malt offers an incredible depth, within the creamy almond cake hides faint notes of copper, mineral and dry spices. While delicate peppermint nudges from behind. Bright, balanced and smooth.

Palate:
Nice injection of vanilla which teams up beautifully with sticky apricots. The balance between white grapes Sauternes and the Glenmorangie spirit is impeccable – Offering plenty of honey apple, lemon zest, almond cookies and delicate floral touches, very nice… Peppermint and ginger spice fires up. Creamy texture, while undertone slowly emerges. Earthy spices dusting up, copper with herbal kiss. Light, cereal finish.

Finish:
Restrained apricots honey, while cereal malt taking over with a bit lime zest. Lime soda finish.

Thoughts:
Nectar d’Or has been long regarded as one of the top quality malts from the house of Glenmorangie, and I agree wholeheartedly – Easy drinking on the front but also it offers marvellous complexity for you to savour and appreciate. On the surface you are presented with Sauternes sweetness which synergizes so well with the spirit, and the sweetness is not cloying at all. Underneath the fruity, candied presentation unwraps plenty of nuances for you to explore. Beautifully crafted.

☆[Recommended]

[46%・2010 Bottled・Original Bottling・Non Chill Filtered・General Release]

-Esmond