Glenmorangie Nectar d’or Review

on Jan 05 in Scottish, Single Malt Whisky by dan

Having recently heard about the relaease of glenmorangie’s artien I thought it was past due that I opened the dubious looking sample of Glenmorangie Nectar d’or for review.

I read somewhere that Jim Murray, of whisky bible fame, liked to cleanse his pallet with coffee before a tasting, and since his answer to fiona beckets question “what type of coffee”, was “any” I gargled down a starbucks pouchy instant thing and poured a big ol’ glug of Nectar D’or.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or Review

Glenmorangie’s Nectar D’or is one of a trio of expressions that  include the Quinta Ruban and the La stanta. Each of these expressions are finished in different maturation casks to become “extra matured”.

  • Quinta Ruben – Port cask finished
  • Lasatnta – Sherry Cask Finished
  • Nectar D’or – Sauternes wine cask finsihed

So with a few recomendations I’ve heard about it before and a open mind to trying a new whisky I would like to try to introduce you to the Glenmorangie Nectar d’or.

Having opened this and let it breathe a little at room temp it is sweet, white grape, vanilla and honey coconut. It maybe just slightly takes me back to a late eighties holidays in Spain and to remember piña colada in a nice way. Coconut, citrus in drinks and a childish easy going nature. That’s the nose.

Jim Murray says:

“Great to see French casks that actually complement a whisky – so rare! An exercise in outrageously good sweet-dry balancing”

Thin upfront flavours gradually break over into more tastey american nought flavours like a wave of taste breaking on the coast before releasing their true flavours. Coconuts > ginger spices > limes > more spice.

The finish is long, and has an edge of white dryness which never oversteps the line but is always there along side a sweet side which never takes control either. The influence of the grapes on the whisky is very nice and though I’m not a big wine drinker, this whisky seems to conjure the bits I do like about white wine leaving out all the stuff I don’t.

Whisky Review conclusion:

This is the first Sauternes finished whisky I’ve tried actually, and its likely I would have shyed away from them for a lot longer if a nice chap called Mr Miller had not send me a odd looking little sample. You see, finishing a whisky in a cask that used to be home to a drink I would not normally drink makes me less inclined to buy it. However the magic that happens in the wood means you don’t just get an amalgam of the two drinks, you get something completely new, and I am glad I tried this because I now will try more of this whisky breed. And if you have not tried a Sauternes finished whisky the I suggest you do too.


  • Greg Logan says:

    Actually, after tonight, and a long opened bottled that was well weathered, I fully agree. A literal panoply of fruity, sweet flavors. I drank it relatively fast (yes, I burned my tongue out for lingering far too long over far too much in the last twelve months… sigh…). My only sentiment with the D’Or is that it was a bit “hot” not sure why – but drinking quickly – though tasting all – rather than slowly – seemed to actually bring the delight out.

    Thanks Dan,


  • Lukas says:

    Thanks for this interesting article on the different Glenmorangie finishings. We recently tasted the Nectar d’Or and really enjoyed it (although we only had a small minature like you had probably). This surely is a very fine and elegant Scotch Whisky and we really loved the sweet taste of honey and the hints of oak and Sauternes casks in it. But one should mention that it is certainly no whisky for those loving more smoky tunes. Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or is far away from Islay…
    Best wishes, Lukas from Alkoblog

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