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March 15, 2018


A wee bag of Glen Moray

Well, a few. The indies are having quite a lot of them these days, while around ten years ago, it was rather all about the (cheap) officials. I think you should rejoice, but speaking of the OBs…

Glen Moray 15 yo (40%, OB, +/-2017)

Glen Moray 15 yo (40%, OB, +/-2017) Three stars
Partly sherry, partly bourbon. No odder wines, apparently. Colour: white wine. Nose: crushed barley, some hints of iron (old tin box), perhaps gravel, then rather cider apples and green tea (not brewed). This is extremely light so far... Mouth: a sweeter and rounder arrival, nicely lemony as well, before we get back to green apples, barley, and these wee metallic touches. Nice oily texture, the lower strength isn’t totally a problem here, even if the middle’s a little weaker. Finish: short, but pleasant, with a little more honey. Comments: a honest and loyal drop that’s easily available for fair prices. What more could the people want?
SGP:451 - 81 points.

Glen Moray 9 yo 2007/2017 (55.4%, Kintra, cask #6712, 138 bottles)

Glen Moray 9 yo 2007/2017 (55.4%, Kintra, cask #6712, 138 bottles) Four stars
Colour: pale white wine. Nose: a blade-y, ‘green’ Glen Moray, sharp, almost acridly grassy at first nosing, but in a good way. Much more sweet barley, sugarcane syrup and wine gums in a second step, with also a pleasant honeyed/floral side. Dandelions and light pollen. With water: some marzipan and touches of camphor, always welcome. Mouth (neat): pure clean round and sweet malt whisky, with plenty of pears and pineapples at first, then custard, maple syrup and, once again, sugarcane syrup. This goes down even better than at PyeongChang 2018. With water: same. Simple pleasures abound in this wee ‘Moray. Finish: medium, barley-y, with very good fruits and touches of butterscotch in the aftertaste. Comments: pretty perfect young easy – not dull at all – malt whisky. That won’t make you lose your hair (from scratching your head).
SGP:551 - 85 points.

Glen Moray 1994/2017 (54.8%, The Whisky Agency & Three Rivers Tokyo, re-charred hogshead, 230 bottles)

Glen Moray 1994/2017 (54.8%, The Whisky Agency & Three Rivers Tokyo, re-charred hogshead, 230 bottles) Three stars
To re-char a hogshead you usually take the heads off, then you scratch the inside, then you burn it, then you put either the old heads back or use new ones. You’re then pretty close to some first fill ex-bourbon barrels. Colour: gold. Nose: indeed, you feel the rejuvenated US oak, with these notes of fresh pastries, custard and grated coconut. That gives it a clear bourbony side, but I have to say it’s all pretty sexy. Nosing a fresh panettone from the skillfullest mammas’. With water: more pencil shavings than at kindergarten. Mouth (neat): indeed, bourbon made in Scotland, and I’d swear there’s a lot of rye inside. Pears, violets, caraway, custard, coconut liqueur, cinnamon rolls, lavender… And indeed, sawdust. Very good, I think, just rather deviant. Blackmore playing Bach. With water: same, more or less. Whisky made by carpenters ;-). Finish: medium, vanilla-ed and very cinnamony. Comments: not quite my cup of malt, but the treatment (usually rather to be found with very young craft whiskies) was made with much care, hence my good score.
SGP:641 - 82 points.

Glen Moray 25 yo 1992/2018 (46.2%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon barrel, 216 bottles)

Glen Moray 25 yo 1992/2018 (46.2%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon barrel, 216 bottles) Four stars
Colour: white wine. Nose: candyfloss and buttered popcorn! Then rather hay, apple peelings, barley water, and just a handful of mud from an old farmyard. Also some tobacco, for sure. Mouth: very good, clean, malty and fruity, with good herbs and tobacco. Perhaps one cherry – or one of the better Belgian Kriek beers. Love the moth feel and the strength, natural 46% is a perfect one. Finish: medium, a notch spicier. Drops of black tea, then an earthier aftertaste. Comments: an older Glen Moray that was probably made upon this older kind of wood technology: take good cask, fill, wait. Or perhaps not, but I do recommend it.
SGP:551 - 87 points.

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