A revamping of the old Quinta Ruban, which was 12-years aged is now 14-years old. Matured in ex-bourbon for at least 10 of those years, it sees a lengthy finish, up to 4 years, in Ruby Port casks. A non chillfiltered bottling, the Quinta Ruban has a citrusy nose, with undercurrents of incense, walnuts, spice and Andes dark chocolate mint. The nose carries gracefully over to the palate, which is velvety, sweet and long. The added age is a marked improvement in intensity. Stunningly fruit forward and richly balanced, this is a gorgeous whisky that Whisky Advocate added to its Top Ten of 2019! A steal at less than $60.
This Quinta Ruban succeeds the 12 year old version, adding two additional years of finishing in port casks, while maintaining the same bargain price. The result is a symphony of understated opulence. Marzipan, fresh apple and pear, milk chocolate, red berries, candied ginger, and praline on the nose build slowly, leading into a fruity, spiced palate. Flavors of soft gingerbread, molasses cake, cherry pie, spiced plums, almond nougat, and dark chocolate intermingle with faint strains of pipe tobacco. It sings on the finish, with a parting crescendo of hazelnut, spice, cigar wrapper, and lengthy oak. *Number 9 in the 2019 Top 20*