Review: Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 1.jpg
12 years; Finished in Sauternes Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenmorangie (Tain, Scotland)

This whisky was aged in a bourbon cask for 10 years before being put into Sauternes (a sweet white dessert wine from Bordeaux in France) casks for 2 years. It is my favorite of the finished Glenmorangies, as I think Sauternes complements Glenmorangie’s profile beautifully.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2012

Nose: Light bourbon influence, some good barley, white grape (as seen in the original glenmorangie), some floral characteristics – both as seen in some sweet white dessert wines and also the retained delicate floral nature of Glenmorangie, dried apricot, mango, oak – it comes more alive the longer it sits, seemingly.

Taste: That sauternes cask fits so beautifully into Glenmorangie – it adds some fruity complexity to what Glenmorangie generally offers, and it is just a wonderful match. Knowing what Glenmorangie Original tastes like only makes this one more compelling, really – just because you see the match work out so well. It is a bit more woody, with some more tannins and spice on the end, but there is some wonderful tropical fruit and grape added overtop of the light barley of Glenmorangie. There is so much to search out in this one…

Finish: Nice, enduring finish – it does quite well – but it does lack flavour at times. Slightly nutty on the end too, with some dried apricot…creamy on the end as well.

Just about a perfect finish - the sauternes fits in very nicely without taking over the show, as if it’s filling in a hole that you didn’t see before. And it’s not too sweet, to boot. Delicious.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $123.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L2351151 12/02/2019

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The age statement is pretty subtle here – hopefully not an indication that it will dissapear. Nevertheless, my favourite Glenmorangie expression – I think Sauternes is a perfect match for Glenmorangie.

The nose is unmistakeably Glenmorangie, but it is woodier, richer, with more dried fruit and the orchard fruit really comes through. Almonds, barley, fresh peaches, mixed baking spice, woody brambles, a light earthiness, dried apricot, white wine, canned peaches, and cucumber. The palate is rich, with lots of vanilla, dried fruit, and citrus – particularly on the finish. The winey character is present, but subtle – and, despite the finish, there are quite a few bourbon nods with creamy corn, vanilla, and a touch of rye spice. There is a flourish of baking spices on the finish, apple, pear, custard, and a touch of coconut.

Not quite as deep as the last one, but still very good.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $120.