New Glenmorangie flies like a butterfly…

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 15 years old

… but stings like a bee. It’s intense and unputdownable but there is a rare degree of elegant subtlety to it. Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 15 years old comes dangerously close to perfection and is a strong argument for unusual cask finishes. And then there is the price. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the Christmas spirit, but this whisky is priced more than fairly. In fact, it’s the steal of the year.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 15yo
10 years in ex-bourbon casks
5 years in ex-Sauternes barriques
46% ABV, unchill-filtered
Currently £30 from Waitrose

Nose: Peppermint burst followed by rich orange peel bitter-sweetness. Forest fruit and Danish pastry with lemon curd. With water it’s a bit heavier and darker, a slight leathery note emerges.

Palate: Round and sweet with rich buttery carrot cake, distinct vanilla influence and an orangy tang

Finish: First smooth and sweet, then fruity, then malty, then… oh whatever. It’s long and beautiful.

Overall: RRP is £39 and you can currently get it for £30 at Waitrose. Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry! This dram blew my head right off.

Person: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley



  1. I have always maintained – against all challenges in pubs – that the Nectar d’Or is the most complete of the Glenmorangie core range. I don’t see how three extra years would hurt that in any significant way. I often speculate on how awesome it would be to have Bill Lumsden’s access to quality casks…

  2. I must admit I wasn’t crazy about the 12yo version, always fancied myself more of a Quinta Ruban man… Back in the bartending days must have gone through cases and cases of that stuff.

  3. I found all the sauterns finishes too soapy/fatty…but you push me to try again with this one. cheers

  4. Do, Davide. I know what you mean but you will find this one different.

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