We find ourselves at Glenmorangie. The original Glenmorangie is a 10 year old Highland whisky. Then there is a series of three that are "extra matured". Today we'll be tasting one of those three - The Quinta Ruban, which has been matured in port casks after the normal 10 year maturation period in American oak casks.
I have this whisky because I saw it in a liquor store next to one of the other in the series. I picked up both and brought them to a friend's house for a taste test. He kept one, I kept the other.
I hear you: less talky, more tasty. Let's start with some nosing around. Very fragrant - not perfume-y fragrant, but very rich and inviting. I'm getting a lot of oak, a little vanilla. It reminds me of a glass of tawny port, but not in any way I can really describe.
And now a sip. Warming, a little dry on the finish. Lots of good wood flavor. Nutty, and just a little sweet. Very full-flavored but not a lot of lingering flavor after the sip.
Adding a little water really opens it up nicely. Sweet flavors are more noticeable - caramel, maybe butterscotch candy. The wood flavors still dominate for me. Just a tiny hint of sea salt on the finish.
A lovely Scotch. Rich and full-bodied, sweet and approachable. Did I just describe The Quinta Ruban or a fine Scottish lass? I'll leave that for you to decide.