I have just left a whisky tasting at my club hosted by whisky dawg George, and pictured above were the featured whiskies. And, I feel compelled by the Holy Spirit of whisky to let you know my insight of the evening: In a heads-up challenge between Glenmorangie 12 yrs Nectar D'Or vs. Glenmorangie 18yrs, the 12 comes out on top. It was astounding! I had noticed this before at other tastings and just thought I had drunk too many other malts, and so could not properly appreciate the 18. I was mistaken. My earlier excitement for the 12 over the 18 was correct.
I found the Glenmorangie 18 to have a consistent quinine/tonic water finish that just put me off a little. The price is fiercely expensive and so I expect near perfection. Where I live it is $157 a bottle.
Meanwhile, in saunters the Glenmorangie 12 year old that was finished in Sauternes casks, and it is a total delight for less than half the price of the 18.