Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year



Class:  Highland (Coastal East) Single Malt Scotch


Reviewer:  Andrew Owen

Part of Glenmorangie's "extra matured" range, Quinta Ruban is one of several whiskies in Glenmorangie's portfolio that follows the blueprint of taking the standard 10 year old whisky aged in ex-bourbon American White Oak barrels and finishing it for a couple of years in a wine cask.  Glenmorangie has three such core range extra matured whiskies - Lasanta (finished in PX and Oloroso sherry casks), Nectar D'Or (finished in Sauternes casks), and Quinta Ruban, which is finished in Ruby Port pipes.    Interestingly, Glenmorangie includes a 12 year age statement on each of these, despite leaving the age statement off of its many other more expensive "private edition" wine cask finished releases.

At present day, Quinta Ruban tends to be the cheapest of the extra matured core range at around $50, while Lasanta usually retails for $55-60 and Nectar D'Or for $65-85.  


  • Aged 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels + 2 years in Portuguese ruby port pipes
  • Bottled at 46% ABV
  • Non-chill filtered 
  • No artificial coloring added

Nose: Fruity currents of purple grape, apples, ripe fig, and a hint of strawberry waft out from the glass.  The fruit is fresher and sweeter than similar aged sherry finished malts.  Sweet undertones of vanilla and buttercream.   No ethanol tickle no matter how close I inch my nose to the liquid.

Palate:  A burst of slightly sour fruit greets me at entry - grapes, green plums, strawberries.  Vanilla and smooth caramel lie beneath the fruits.  Comfortable heat that dissipates after a few seconds.  The mouthfeel is somewhat chalky and ethereal, not unlike a dry wine.

Finish:  Follows the fruits from the palate with some apple juice added.  The fruits fade to a sour tuity-fruity and vanilla that lasts for a moderate length of time.

Score:  80/100

Buying Recommendation:  Must Try!  While this whisky lacks overall complexity or extreme depth of flavor, it displays an elegant, refined, and very tasty profile.  There's not alot here to analyze and brood over, but this is easy sipping defined.  At $50, this is a great introduction to port-influenced whisky, and a unique bottle in a price range pretty much devoid of any other port finished whiskies.  

The Rating Scale

At WBSE we use a true 100 point scale for scoring to allow whiskeys to further differentiate themselves (as opposed to a letter grade scale where 90% of whiskeys fall between 78-92).  This allows you to more easily compare scores between different whiskeys.  Here is how the scale breaks down:

1-49:  Varying degrees of bad

55:  Average

60-69:  Better than average

70-79:  solid/good

80-89:  excellent

90+:  truly exceptional

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All Time Favorite Whisky: Balblair 1990 2nd Edition

Daily Drinkers: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Springbank 10 Year

A former craft beer enthusiast, Andrew fell in love with whiskey after tasting a pour of Laphroaig 10 year and being amazed that such a flavor could exist within a liquid. With a college background in biochemistry and a passion for history, Andrew quickly grew to love the science of whiskey making, the history of different distilleries, and the exploration of flavors within a dram. To Andrew, whiskey is more than just a drink; it is a fascinating mix of art and science – an intricate beauty to be pondered and appreciated. Besides this, Andrew has found that a nice bottle of whiskey has an amazing ability to bring people together and unite people from all different backgrounds together as friends.

While Andrew can be found drinking any style of whiskey from any region around the world, he has a particular affinity for spice-laden bourbons and coastal scotches. Besides drinking whiskey, Andrew also enjoys weight lifting, road biking, and cooking.

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