Spirit Type: Single Malt
Bottle size: 70cl
Glenmorangie Nectar D'or, 12-Year-Old, is finished in Sauternes wine casks. This wine comes from the sauternes sub-region in France located in the Graves section of Bordeaux.
Color: Deep gold in the bottle; a bit lighter "old" gold in the glass.
Nose: Floral notes combine with vanilla and honey to offer a very rewarding olfactory experience: Pinot Gris surfaces, white grape skins, almonds, and rose water. A citrus note seems to be floating in there, as well, although it is fairly subtle on the nose.
Palate: On the tongue, lime and orange zest greet the palate. ex-bourbon casks add a bit of pepper to the sweeter floral nature of the nose as well as the variety of citrus influences on the palate—cinnamon dances around a pool of vanilla and golden raisins. Alcohol in the mouthfeel is a little on the hot side for 46%, but this heat compliments a touch of peppery spiciness from the oak.
All told, the interplay of sweet and spice adds welcome complexity for a twelve-year-old offering. The finish is medium in length, and its death brings honeysuckle and vanilla rather than wood spice. The viscosity is not thin in texture, but neither is it "chewy" from oak tannins.
This whiskey has won Gold and Gold (Best in Class) in the International Wine and Spirit Competition.