Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 Yr: 46% abv
In our third whisky of a three part evaluation of Glenmorangie, we look at the Sauternes cask-aged Scotch alternative. Sauternes is a light wine generally described by its high acidity and relative sweetness. That makes us wonder if this will play into the whisky at all (spoiler alert, it does). On the nose of this one, you’ll get honey right off the bat, sweetness associated with sugarcane, vanilla, sweet apple, and slight malt.
The nose is soft and delicate, but after adding water becomes a little more fruity, adding pear, stronger grain, specifically barley and wheat. The arrival contains soft woodiness, vanilla, some slight white chocolate, and honey. After water, there is an addition of a lot of vanilla that starts being added as the whisky opens up. The body contains complex flavors of barley malt, tartness, lemon, slight brine and saltiness, grapes, pears, and a noted large amount of acidity, which tends to dominate the flavor. After adding water, there is a decrease of tartness. The finish tended to be the speaking point of this whisky. There are some unique points to the finish. Interesting notes included white chocolate, light nuttiness, barley grain, tartness, salt, pear, melon, and acidic white grape. After water, the taste of vanilla, cream, and malt got bigger, and there was a very little spice to be tasted.
In general, the character of this Malt whisky show huge reflections of the Sauternes wine that helped to shape its palate. It is mellow and light, carries the white wine flavors with acidity, and is not terribly complex. It is pretty smooth and water works well with it. There are some unique flavors involved with the whisky.