Tasting Glenmorangie whiskies with Dr. Bill Lumsden – part 2
“She felt remarkable velvet in her mouth, followed by a smell of walnuts and spices…”
Yes, it could be an excerpt from modern romance, but it is not. It’s just a little part of impressions after sipping Quinta Ruban.
Quinta Ruban from Glenmorangie. Another child of Dr. Bill Lumsden.
I wrote about Dr. Bill and Glenmorangie some time ago, because of previous great tasting at Astor. This time Dr. Lumsden presented his next bottles – 18 Years Old whisky, Lasanta, and Quinta Ruban.
Quinta Ruban and Lasanta come from the extra-matured range. They spend 10 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and then they are transferred for the next 2 years. Lasanta: to the Spanish sherry (Oloroso or Pedro Ximénez) casks, Quinta Ruban: to the Ruby Port casks. That process gives the whisky a very specific texture, aromas, and sweetness.
“Lasanta” in Gaelic means “warmth and passion”. And, no offense, Lasanta is a total woman in this collection. Sophia Loren. Monica Bellucci. Marylin Monroe. It’s a bit sweeter than the others and has an incredible softness. Smelling Lasanta you think about a package of chocolate-covered raisins in your pocket. You want to reach there and grab some of them… In your mouth, you find walnuts and toffee caramel with citrus. Mostly oranges. To fully enjoy Lasanta you need only a glass and 2-3 ice cubes. And voilà!
Quinta Ruban, MY FAVORITE one this evening, reminds me of Portugal vacation. Tangerines, oranges, spices, walnuts, and an ocean breeze in the evenings… Dark mint chocolate on a little pottery plate in my hotel room…
Though it’s very different from Lasanta. It’s a man. Handsome, strong, tanned. Well balanced, combining sweetness with dry flavors. Soft but dark. Smooth but spicy. With a long finish… Intriguing and always making us want more…
The last one I tasted was 18 Years Old.
It spends 15 years in American oak casks, then approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks for another 3 years. After that, all both parts are blended together.
In this bottle, you can clearly find nuttiness coming from American oak along with honey, dates, and figs. Sweetness and dried fruits in a very elegant form. Single malt for a modern gentleman. Like Samuel Trepanier, when he is relaxing after his successful Superbike races.
I tasted Glenmorangie at Astor Wines & Spirits in New York. Check the calendar for the next events there.
Dr. Bill Lumsden is A Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks in Glenmorangie Company (Glenmorangie & Ardbeg)