Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gandolf...Here is some additional information we recieved from one of our contacts at Glenmorangie. We hope you find it helpful.
"There are a couple distinctions between the Quinta Ruban and the Port Wood finish. The Quinta Ruban is non-chill filtered, which brings much more depth the spirit that chilled filtration. This also brings about the increase ABV. Also, Quinta Ruban is aged in higher quality artisinal port casks than the port casks used for Port Wood Finish. Finally, the 2nd maturation (in the port cask) is longer that the Port Wood finish (Quinta Ruban spends more than 2 full years in the Port Cask). This adds richer chocolatey-minty notes to the Quinta Ruban. Essentially Dr. Bill, our Master Distiller and considered an authority in Scotch Wood Aging, took a great scotch and figured out a way to tweak the recipe to make it better."
"A side-by-side tasting of the Port Wood finish next to Quinta Ruban was conducted long before it was launched in the US, and the Quinta was exceptional in a side-by-side comparison. I recommend trying them side by side to compare and it will be obvious in most cases that the Port Wood doesn't compare to the Quinta Ruban, though taste is relative to the individual."