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November 15, 2018


Three Glen Moray

Another name that recently gathered more traction. Elgin's Glen Moray has been been sold by Glenmo to French company La Martiniquaise in 2008.

Glen Moray 18 yo (47.2%, OB, +/-2018)

Glen Moray 18 yo (47.2%, OB, +/-2018) Four stars
An intriguing strength for a relatively high-volume OB. I had really enjoyed the 16 two years ago (WF 84). Colour: straw. Nose: not at all the lightish Speysider we used to be used to, this has some body, some breadiness, oak tree leaves, chestnut honey, touches of cooked pumpkin, hay, and a solid porridge-y foundation. Mouth: fine, that's the word I would use. It's left the 'blend-y' universe of days gone by (this 18 is rather new having said that), and got appropriately full-bodied, malty, cake-y, showcasing its raw ingredients with pride and panache. No, really, I mean that. Touches of caramel and maple syrup, possibly from American oak. Finish: medium, malty, cake-y. Coffee toffee in the aftertaste. Comments: malt whisky that really tastes of malt. This will disappoint no one, believe me, while the price remains fair.
SGP:451 - 86 points.

Glen Moray 2006/2016 (55%, OB, Private Edition for Germany, Sauternes cask matured, cask #5337)

Glen Moray 2006/2016 (55%, OB, Private Edition for Germany, Sauternes cask matured, cask #5337) Two stars and a half
This baby was fully matured in Sauternes, this should be interesting as Sauternes often works in my little book. Colour: gold. Nose: I have to say I do not quite get the Sauternes, rather some maize bread and a kind of leafy porridge, with a yeasty, sour side. Yoghurt, sour wood... No fruits this time and rather more leaves than on a tree. With water: same, plus baker's yeast and slightly stale ale. Mouth (neat): firm, but with some bizarre notes of aspirin tablets, bitter teas, leaves, green wood, plasticine... This one isn't easy! With water: where's the Sauternes? Granted, we might have found half an apricot in a corner, but that is pretty all. Finish: medium, a tad indefinite. Beer, malt, grass, green oak. Comments: this one's rather austere, while we were expecting a debauchery of apricots and plums. Nothing serious, it's still rather fine.
SGP:451 - 78 points.

Glen Moray 10 yo 2007/ 2018 (62.2%, Archives, barrel, cask #5713, 237 bottles)

Glen Moray 10 yo 2007/ 2018 (62.2%, Archives, barrel, cask #5713, 237 bottles) Four stars
Colour: white wine. Nose: biscuit, lemon cake and pie, fresh hazelnuts, moisturiser, bergamots, fresh almonds. Not a throwaway. With water: whoops, notes of new plastic come out but that's only temporary. This one really saponifies, as they say (who says that, S.?) Then creamy vanilla and lemon pie with meringue and a glass of sweet chenin blanc. Mouth (neat): immaculate vanilla-ed barleyness, with good drizzles of limoncello. Extremely simple and perfect, perfectly simple, simply perfect (sure they're all amazed, S.) With water: takes water very well. Pure barley-y goodness. Finish: long, a tad grassier, which is normal and actually welcome. Comments: go buy and drink this.
SGP:451 - 85 points.

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