Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using malted barley, which is mashed and fermented with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground being filtered through layers of limestone before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. In the 1980's, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, Glenmorangie purchased 600 acres of land around and including the spring, in order to ensure consistent water quality and adequate supply.
After the barley has been fermented, the wash is twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills by a team of 16 distillers known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. Glenmorangie' s stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a more pure flavor. In addition, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky.
Following distillation, Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged for a minimum of ten years in American white oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon. After its decade-long beauty rest, the single malt is double-barreled, or finished, for an additional two years in ruby port pipes sourced from the Quintas of Portugal.