The Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or is a 12yr old is part of Glenmorangie’s core range which is matured for 10yrs in American White Oak casks and then finally being transferred and finished in Sauternes Casks (white desert wine) for a remaining 2yrs to complete the full maturation to 12yrs. The bottle which I have in this review I bought from an off license shop for £35 however the average price for the Nectar D’Or is around £55 for the 70cl. There are not many whiskies out there finished in the Sauternes desert wine casks so this is an interesting finish bringing something to those with a sweeter tooth.
Colour: Healthy Amber
Nose: Freshly picked Apricots, Milk biscuits which are Malted biscuits, I feel like I’m nosing honey coated sultanas in a glass and lime peel. It’s already becoming mouth-watering without touching the palate.
Palate: Medium in texture, greeted with nutmeg rolling around, palate warming gingery spice and lemon juice.
Finish: This is where I feel this whisky excels as on the finish you’re treated to creamy coconut milk where the whisky also thickens in texture and develops a rich mouth filling vanilla custard, gorgeous. Next up the citrus juices of lemon and lime seem to make an exit and leave the palate rather quickly on a short and delightful finish
AGE: 12 years
CASKS: American White Oak Casks (10yr) + Sauternes Casks (2yr)
DISTILLERY: Glenmorangie Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN: Highlands, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: Not Exclusive
Comments: My overall opinion on the Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or is that it is very well finished and offers a great balance of sweetness and softer citrus character. When comparing it to other sauternes cask finishes I’ve tasted in the past, this seems to tip the edge leading the market with its distinctive finish but in a whisky market where newer expression of experimental casks are going to be used it will be interesting to see what’s in store for the future. One improvement I would like to see if it was recreated is a longer finish as I feel this ends very abruptly. However if you are a fan of something sweeter then this is something worth the try. This would definitely be considered a desert dram.