Bought – Morrisons, 11th September 2014
Ralfy’s comparison between the ‘Quinta Ruban’ and the old ‘Port Wood’ finish by Glenmorangie is very interesting, especially as I have a miniature of the Port Wood from an auction last year. Once I get around to cracking open the Ruban I’ll have to do my own taste compassion with my mini.
Would you walk into a bar and ask for a bourbon and port cocktail? Probably not, unless you were so drunk you were close to standing on a table and singing songs about goblins and giant Martians eating your house. The Quinta Rubin has gone through a process of double maturation, spending most of its initial life sucking the flavour out of bourbon casks, then being finished for a period in port casks. The flavour combination sounds a bit suspect but Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible, summarises his review with “this is a form of cask finishing that has progressed from experimentation to certainty”. And who better to get it right than the 16 men of Glenmorangie when they’re not busy with their 8-a-side football matches.
If you like Highland single malts but want something a bit different then the Quinta Ruban is worth tracking down. In the UK several supermarkets stock it, and with Christmas approaching there’s a good chance it will get discounted. Morrisons had a mad moment and reduced it to £27.99. Sadly I’d bought it the week before when they’d initially discounted it to £35. Even at that price it was a bargain.