Perhaps the oldest of all the Scotch distilleries, Glenmorangie has been producing whisky since 1738. Living up to its name, which means vale of big meadows, Glenmorangie owns 600 acres of surrounding land which it needs for its enormous water demands. You see, there are over 10 million bottles of single malt coming from this corner of Ross-shire annually, equating to 6% of the entire global single malt market. What is truly remarkable then is the high quality reputation that has been maintained here, even since the luxury goods conglomerate Moet Hennessey Luis Vuitton spent 300 million pounds to acquire Glenmorangie in 2004.
The change in ownership led to a few changes in Glenmorangie’s portfolio and marketing scheme. The former Sauternes cask finish was renamed “Nectar D’Or,” giving this product a more romantic appeal. The new owners also gave this single malt a boost by using Sauternes casks from the Bordeaux estate it also owns: Chateau D’Yquem, the most legendary of all the worlds’ dessert wines. The sweet, ripe tropical fruit flavors certainly find their way from one product to the other. Reviews of Nectar D’Or thus abound – Scotch Chix, Scotch Blog, Douche Bag Face, Adventures in Whisky, Bella Online, Malthead.
Personally, Nectar D’Or gives me mixed feelings. There’s no denying that it is delicious, perhaps the easiest drinking single malt, period. But it doesn’t really drink like a single malt whisky. It almost belongs more in a digestif category with spirits like Van Gogh or Navan. Expect aromas of vanilla and pineapple, with rich and sweet flavors like a tropical cocktail. The finish is shockingly smooth, staying sweet till the end. What is missing here that makes real Sauternes so delicious is the citrusy, refreshing aftertaste.