Since I like the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban so much, I wanted to check out where the OG whisky came from. The Quinta Ruban is finished for two years in ruby port pipes, but it spent 10 years in white oak barrels: Glenmorangie 10. Here’s my experience:
Glenmorangie 10, 43%ABV, Highland Single Malt, $39 USD
- Color- This one is a wan piss yellow of what I assume is all natural coloring. What I imagine it to look like aged in white oak.
- Nose- Playful, floral, vanilla toasted meadow flowers, light coriander
- Palate- At first: BIG disappointment. I like Islay/smoke/peat and all that. This one went in smooth, wet, uninteresting. The mouth-feel was what you would expect, light and uncoating. Then: WOW! This little fucker did not mess around. The vanilla exploded with almonds and a floral wave (in a good way) engulfed my senses. I could taste the wood from the barrels.
- Finish- This one was not as long as I would want, but it is along. I’m just greedy. There is a burn here and I attribute that to the youth of the scotch.
- Overall – I really like this one. I like the Quinta Ruban from Glenmorangie and would love them to come out with a Fine Oak version of their double aged varieties. I would highly recommend this to anyone getting into Highland scotches. A staple for the cabinet.
To get into scotches and whiskeys, I had one day just made the choice, “Hey, that’s something I’d like to try sometime.” I had a bottle of Aberlour 12 some time ago when I was younger and looking for something to give me a buzz. I drank it without enjoying it and having no idea how to taste it. What a waste! Since, I’ve been search for flavors. Big bold statements of craftsmanship, pride, and the feel and taste of the land a beverage was crafted. I went for the jugular and started with scotch. I purchased a lowly bottle of McClelland’s Islay Single Malt (no age statement), but it left me with a bleh taste and wanting more from this beverage that is revered by many around the world. I let the annals of the internet guide me a bit and hope to take you on that journey as well.
For my first review, I thought I’d dig into my notes and review the first Single Malt that I purchased with sincerity. What I mean by that is I really did some research on something a novice malt sipper like myself could really sink my palate into and not be missing a ton of subtle notes I simply was not ready for. The internet is awash with recommendations for much pricier beverages and much more niche flavor palates (high smoke, lots of floral, etc.). I was a bit overwhelmed. I needed something simple, easy to get tasting notes, and something that would serve as comparison for future malts to come.
After doing some quick research and some quick bank account checking, I came home with a bottle of Speyburn 10. It is presented interestingly enough in a cylindrical tin package with a lid to house the bottle. A simple cork top holds the spirit in a clear bottle with a simple label.
Speyburn 10, 43% ABV, Highland, $25 USD
- Color: light yellow tan, burnished wheat gold
- Nose: The packaging says it’s supposed to have a lemon character, but all I can really say is clean, crisp, hint of peat smoke, and cheeky. The nose on this one is there, then it goes away quickly.
- Palate: Light, unobtrusive, no coating, thin (in a good way), actuallya kind of refreshing citrus that drifts away on a gentle breeze leaving behind the light peat flavor. Enjoyable.
- Finish: This one does not linger and typically I find that to be a bad thing, but for the summer season and for the expectations, the flavor goes away politely and stoically. The peat smoke lingers for a bit, the warming in your throat is subtle, but there, and the clean citrus overtone returns to give this dram a well-rounded presentation.
Overall: Excellent value and great drink-ability. Good everyday dram for you and your wallet.