The Quinta Ruban is so named because, after spending 10 years in American oak casks, it spends further time in port wine casks brought from the Quintas region of Portugal. I've mentioned in a previous post about having noticed this and some more expressions from Glenmorangie popping up in liquor stores in Gurgaon, and have been wanting to give them a try for a while now.
I had the chance to do so at Cafe Ludus in Saket, where I got myself 30ml of Quinta Ruban from the bar counter. And if only 30ml's worth of experience is anything to go by, then I came out quite disappointed. On the nose, the Quinta Ruban offers the standard 'Morangie citrus and pepper. On the tongue, I found the port-wine maturation to have given the malt a somewhat diluted experience- on more often found in blendeds. In fact, the first drink that came to mind after the Quinta Ruban washed down my throat was the Black Dog 12YO. The unique, distilled richness of a single malt was quite missing in the Quinta Ruban, and some watering down did not seem to help either.
But what's perhaps most tragic in this story is that having tried the Quinta Ruban and not really liked it, I probably will not be buying a bottle of it anytime soon- which in turn will prevent me from sincerely reviewing it to begin with!
Anyway, luckily I still have some of the Laphroaig 18 YO left. Let me get to that now, and I'll get back to you on a full review of this marvelous malt.