The Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old is a well-accomplished experiment aging a rich malt for ten years in American oak casks, only to be kissed for two more years by Port oak pipes. Voluptuous and convoluted, there’s fire in this expression; it’s larger than life.
Chocolate and raising, or better yet, chocolate-covered raisins hit the nose just before a contrasting whiff or organ peels overwhelm your senses. There’s an inherent spiciness here, but it plays a supporting role. A dark, robust expression proper of the house style.
Dark chocolate is the highlight in the palate, but it’s lifted by dried black fruits, roasted nuts and spices with hints of fresh mint. A port-like quality infused in the malt gives the expression a heavy-weight palate of immense depth.
The finish is all chocolate and raisins, hints of spices and fluttering menthol freshness. Saying the Ruban has a long aftertaste would be an understatement.
Port and Highland malts were born to be together. Perhaps a bit overpowering with chocolate and red fruit, this is still very much a peaty malt, amped-up by Glenmorangie’s creative oak selection.
Despite being a 12-Year-Old, Quinta Ruban is in its own category.
If you liked the creative cask selection, try The Lasanta, a similar display of foreign beauty with Oloroso and PX casks adding richness to Glenmorangie’s malt.