Ladies and gents I’ve got some saddening news – booze reviews (On Nerdfit) is ending. I had meant to tell you this last week, but the scotch was ruined so badly by a Sherry Cask that I didn’t want to rain more shit on the annual crap parade. Fear not we will be back in the form of a newly-ventured project, but with the recent restructuring of Nerdfit you have to admit we’ve always been a bit out of place on Nerdfit.
So continuing with what will be our Nerdfit finale we have the secondary of our set of Glenmorangie scotches this time the Quinta Ruban. However rather than the awful sherry cask from last week, this week it’s been aged in a port cask, and much like how port is better than sherry this scotch is much nicer.
This certainly makes a scotch that is certainly unique, but if we’re comparing to other single malts it’s taste while nice, is not stellar.
What they say: “The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.”
Taste: 6.88 – Taste is comparable to the classic, and it’s really nice.
Aftertaste: 7.25 – I really enjoy the aftertaste – it certainly improves on the original. Leaves my palate feeling happy.
Burn/Smooth: 5.25 – Some feel it burns a little too much, it does keep the warmness going for quite a while, but that’s mixed with a burn. Feels like heartburn.
Aroma: 6.83 – Buffalo really likes – smells like a scotch poured on a port barrel. Also Justice may have poured some on his nose.
Manliness: 7.17 – Portugal > Spain. Really does enough for itself in manliness.
w/ Rocks: 6.83 – We really like that, but it doesn’t do much more for the scotch.
Value: 5.63 – Slightly average, but the taste is a bit better giving it the extra point.
Google Shop Average: $45
William Henri Neve the IV: 7
Metric Score: 45.38/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.48 |+| Reviewer Average: 6.75
Good scotch, like it, really does enough for that extra bit of maturation in port to think it’s worth it. Still though you have to think that the scotch would be better sat in a regular cask for just another two years on it’s own.